How to Get Rid of Rotten Egg Smell in Water
Just hearing the words rotten and egg together is enough to make someone nauseous. Just imagine the smell of it let alone imagining how it looks like. As much as we want rotten egg smell to just stay on the eggs, the smell can be found from other sources as well. The worst part is that they can be smelled from the very water that we use.
Rotten egg smell can come from wells, water heaters and hard water. Don’t go looking for a rotten egg in any of the water sources though, although rotten egg smell is present there, only the chemical gas produced by rotten eggs are found in the water source which is why rotten egg smell is produced. And once this happens, be prepared for a nauseating experience every time you take a shower.
Rotten egg smell is not possible to remove and there are a number of ways that you can do to make sure that the foul smell is removed. As mentioned, underground water smell is often produced by the same chemicals that produced the smell of a rotten egg and this is the first thing that you need to remove when dealing with the smell:
Install sediment filter
One of the causes of getting rotten egg smell in water source is the presence of iron where the source is located. Since this can cause it then you should do everything to prevent the accumulation of this mineral. By installing sediment filter at the entry point of the water supply, you can lessen, if not prevent the accumulation of iron at the source. This will also help in keeping the faucet aerators cleaned.
Test the water quality
Before you perform any significant steps in treating the water system, have it tested by a qualified laboratory. The test will provide you additional information regarding the chemical properties of the water present in your system.
Treat the water system
Before you treat the water source, you need to make sure that you have enough water in stock for the next 24 hours since you cannot use the water system while the treatment is in effect. Using your toilet and bathtub is not allowed since the treatment can damage the septic systems. Once this is done you must turn off your water system as well as the water treatment equipment.
Depending on the amount of water you have in the well, pour in the appropriate amount of bleach. Most of the time, 3 cups of household bleach per 100 gallons of water will suffice. Run the water from the faucet until you notice the smell of the bleach coming out of the faucet. After that you need to wait for 24 hours before using the water system again.
Cleanse the tank
After you have drained the water from the supply, the next thing to do is to cleanse the water tank or water supply. Open the boiler drain at the bottom of the tank and turn the water on in short, blasting periods and remove any signs of iron sediments that may have accumulated in the container. Flush it as many times as possible to make sure that all of the iron sediments are flushed out. Remember that when filling the tank, close the boiler drain valve and allow air to escape.