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Sulphur smell in well water
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Jim Walker    Posted 08-05-2002 at 12:56:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ever since I had my well drilled I've been getting a sulphur smell in the water(both cold & hot). I can't afford the $1,000 filter system that the driller says will get rid of the smell.

Any way to get rid of the smell?

Jim Walker
Cliffdel, WA

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 08-06-2002 at 11:55:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just read an article about this, last week. I think it was in "Farm Show" but it could have been somewhere else. It was about a device to inject Hydrogen Peroxide into the water. They claim it works much better than Chlorine, with no taste or smell added to the water. I'll see if I can find it again, and share more info.

Al J    Posted 08-11-2003 at 11:25:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you ever find that information on Hydrogen Peroxide from the Farm show? and how can I find it?
Later Al.

Dennis in Ma    Posted 08-06-2002 at 06:48:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My son just had a new well drilled. Got BAD sulpher smell. Put a whole house style charcoal filter in where the line comes from the well. Cost- about $75. Works fine. Avail from Home Depot and others.

bill b va    Posted 08-05-2002 at 22:30:59       [Reply]  [No Email]

anybody ever hear of sleeving the well to get past the bad water ? i understand it can be done . when the well is drilled the bad water runs in and mixes with good and it all smells and tastes bad .

kaneken    Posted 08-05-2002 at 21:50:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
if you recently replaced the hot water heater, it could be the sacrificial anode reating with the water. i took mine out and have had great water ever since. it took me 4 weeks to figer her out....mysterious anode cathode ion exchanges blows,,,,,

TB    Posted 08-05-2002 at 17:38:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Put a gallon of water in the fridge over night and see if it has the smell the next day. If the smell is gone you probably have sulfur gas in the water. If this is the case you may want to put in a holding tank so the water can have time to set for the gas to escape from the water. Put a pump in the tank to feed the house. Most filters wont take sulfer gas out if water, becuse thay are not open systems and there is no place for the gas to go.

Ludwig    Posted 08-05-2002 at 17:10:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does it stay smelly if you use a bunch of it, like wash the car or something?
If it does you've got sulphur and its going to be smelly, redrill or prepare for needing a filter.
If the smell goes away then its likely you've got iron oxides and the little critters that feed on them make a smell. Thats where the bleach flush comes in, and it just might work.

Another thing I've read more and more about, and considering where you are it might be workable, is captured rainwater.
The idea is simple the rainwater off your roof is captured into a big storage container, then run through a comparatively cheap ultraviolet filter and then you use it.
The first 20 gallons or so is wasted as "roof wash" but the rest is saved. Theres lots of websites can help with calculating how much recovery and storage you'd need based on population and other uses. You'd still be able to use your pressure tank and such, just plumb it to the new source...

bill b va    Posted 08-06-2002 at 11:27:47       [Reply]  [No Email]

i think you need to do some more research before you collect rain water off the roof for home use .tin (galvonized) and possibly slate yes . may be others but i think definately not asphalt shingles .

Ludwig    Posted 08-07-2002 at 06:42:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Right on, I thought about that after I wrote it.
If I ever have to do it for whatever reason it'll probably be with one of those rolled seam tin roofs. Although here in New England slate roofs are pretty common.
Fortunately we rarely have trouble getting water to the point that I think I'd need to go to the trouble of one of these systems.

WallSal55 -Sulphur, Sediment, Rust, Bacteria, we had it all!    Posted 08-05-2002 at 16:03:44       [Reply]  [No Email]

For 10 years we battled at least one of these.
Our first softener lasted 7 years. The second one
lasted 2 years! Then, we had to sanitize the well, put in a WaterMax softener (no filters to change!).
Check out and click on "products". All we have to do is throw solar salt
in and forget about it. We have had it 2 years
and it was worth every penny. (It saved my sanity! The water was so bad I was prepared to move.) $2,068 It has been virtually maintainance free, with a warranty. Odor is at
a minimum, less scrubbing, and I buy less rust
remover! Wink was the only think that worked, and
around here it costs 4 - $4.50 a bottle.
We still have to haul in our drinking water and
have a water cooler in the kitchen.

ger    Posted 08-05-2002 at 16:15:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
where i live some of us have shallow wells 18 to 20 feet but the water s good a little hard, some have drilled an have execellent water and some have sulfur water seems it can be on one property an not on the next , some with the problem drilled again like your driller wants to do an got sulfur again a couple were lucky an got good water now the one s that drilled again an got sulfur put in a shallow well an are satisified with that. when drilling i don,t think theres any guarntee as to what you get but it can get expensive , good luck if your in a remote area an think the ground water is clean you could try a shallow well not to expensive to dig a hole if your allowed that in your area. later ger

WallSal55    Posted 08-05-2002 at 16:44:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a very deep well, 150' plus, as there
was always livestock here before us, and then when
we moved in with 4 kids, (my one daughter whom
I nick-named Orca for her lengthy showers), we elected to keep it that deep, and then my husband can tinker with sheep and a cow.
Anyway, our neighbors (1/8 mi.) claim they have
water they can drink, no problems. Our neighbor
said maybe we could try a sandpoint some day if
we no longer have the huge water requirements.

LOL    Posted 08-06-2002 at 06:58:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
150' well is deep?

Try mine at 620' LOL


ger    Posted 08-05-2002 at 17:00:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
there,s this thing out now the name up here is rainfresh i think ,the water is piped through it an its plugged in ,the light inside the tube kills all bacteria know to man,wife just told me the ultraviolet rays kill s of the bacteria in the water supposed to be pretty safe all the health authories are recemmonded it up here now.its about 400dollars, my water is still pretty good no bacterial readings but that can change ,soi,ll probably end up drilling sooner or later too i think thats the safest way ,with water you got to do all you can to protect it an ensure its safe.later ger

Mudcat49    Posted 08-05-2002 at 15:36:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jim, my well water is bad sulphur, We have to use a airator and inject clorine into the airator to get rid of it

Gary    Posted 08-05-2002 at 13:56:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jim,Some of the wells around here are having the same problem, they are putting galvanized pressure tanks that vent air next to the water. Suppose to combine the hydrogen sulfide with air and vent it out. also check out this link-
good luck from Texas

hay    Posted 08-05-2002 at 13:32:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have the sulphur smell also. i was told to flush out the system. 1) put about a gallon of household bleach down the well. 2) turn open the main valve and let the well run until there is no more bleach or sulphur smell. i done all that and the next week the sulphur smell is back again. driller says he don't understand that. he also recommended i move over a few hundred feet and drill again. i'll bet he does want to do that! never did get rid of the smell. thankfully i don't live there and use the water everyday.

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