When the water coming from the faucets in the home doesn’t smell good, there might be a problem with your hot water heater. There might be multiple different reasons for smelly water, yet the primary reason is bacteria. In case bacteria is entering into the water, a smell will probably show up. Well water is generally to blame for this occurring. But, there are some measures a Jacksonville Florida homeowner could take to prevent bacteria from expanding in their water and to eliminate existing bacteria and smells.

According to Soquel Creek Water District, “The smell is the result of four factors that must all be present for the odor to develop. These factors include:

  • A high concentration of sulfate in the raw water
  • Sulfate reducing bacteria, non-toxic to humans (sulfate is reduced to a sulfide state by the bacteria)
  • Little or no dissolved oxygen in the water
  • Hydrogen (a component of water which may be present due to water conditions reacting with the anode)”  Read more here…

Preventing Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The easiest way to prevent bacteria from growing and causing unpleasant tastes and smells throughout one’s property, is to make sure the temperature is fixed at 140 degrees or higher on one’s water heater. In this climate bacteria can’t expand and will be killed. Whenever your water heater temp is placed below this, bacteria will not only survive but will be able to multiply.

Eliminating Hot Water Heater BacteriaJacksonville Water Heater Odors

To eliminate existing bacteria and odors, one should make use of chemicals to kill it. Chlorine bleach is the most efficient and complete chemical cleaner to use. In the event that you are making an effort to clean the water and get rid of the bacteria utilizing bleach yourself, you should have an understanding of the exact technique of to do so. First, the electric or gas going to the water heater must be turned off. Then the cold water supply needs to be turned off. Then, you must turn on one of the hot water faucets inside of the home. This lets air in the tank. Using a garden hose, drain the water out of the water heater and shut the drain valve after all the water is drained. After that, it’s time to pour in the bleach. One will be needing five ounces of bleach for each gallon of water the tank holds. Detach the flexible cold water pipe and pour the bleach in the opening. If the cold water hose isn’t flexible, it could be a wise decision to contact a specialist. Hook up the water line once again and refill the tank with water. It is important to shut the hot water spigot in the home once all the air is out of the line. It is likewise really important to run all the faucets that use hot water inside the house until it is possible to smell the bleach. The bacteria which is in the water heater might also be in water lines and faucets so you will have to get rid of the bacteria in these locations in the process. Let the bleach water stay in the tank and inside the water lines for about 3 hours without using any hot water. And then yet another flush is in order. Once the tank is drained once more, don’t put in additional bleach but refill with water and give it time to stay in the tank and inside the pipes for at least thirty minutes. Lastly, drain the tank again and then replenish the tank with water. Let all the hot water appliances in the house run until you can no longer smell bleach. Either switch the power back on or relight the pilot and you should be all set!

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