When the water coming out of the taps at home smells bad, there might be an issue with your hot water heater. There can be multiple various causes of stinky water, but the primary reason is bacteria. Whenever bacteria is coming into the water, an odor is likely to appear. Well water is usually at fault for this developing. But, there are a few steps an Indianapolis homeowner could take to prevent bacteria from developing in their water and to remove 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…

Controlling Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The best way to prevent bacteria from developing and bringing about awful tastes and odors throughout one’s property, is to make certain the temp is set at 140 degrees or higher on one’s hot water heater. At this temp bacteria are unable to grow and will be killed. When your water heater temp is set below this, bacteria will not only live but can multiply.

Eliminating Hot Water Heater BacteriaEliminating Indianapolis Water Heater Odors

To eliminate existing bacteria and smells, one will have to use harsh chemicals to eliminate it. Chlorine bleach is the most efficient and thorough chemical cleaner to utilize. In the event that you are attempting to clean the water and remove the bacteria by using bleach by yourself, please have an understanding of the complete process of doing this. First, the electric or gas going to the water heater must be switched off. And then the cold water supply will have to be turned off. Next, you will have to turn on one of the hot water taps inside the property. This lets air into the tank. Working with a garden hose, drain the water out of the hot water heater and close the drain valve once all of the water has been drained. After that, it’s time to pour in the bleach. One will need five ounces of chlorine bleach for every gallon of water the tank can hold. Unscrew the flexible cold water hose and pour the bleach in the opening. In the event the cold water hose isn’t flexible, it might be a wise decision to call in an expert. Attach the water line once more and refill the tank with water. It is necessary to shut the hot water tap in the home the moment all of the air is out of the pipe. It is likewise extremely important to run each of the taps that employ hot water inside the property until it is possible to smell the bleach. The bacteria which is inside the water heater could also be in water lines and faucets which means that you should eliminate the bacteria in those places as well. Let the bleach water sit in the tank and in the water lines for about 3 hours without using any hot water. After that an additional flush is in order. Once the tank is cleared again, do not put in additional bleach but refill with water and let it sit inside the tank and in the water lines for no less than thirty minutes. Finally, drain the tank once again and then replenish the tank with water. Let all the hot water fixtures in the house run until you can not smell bleach. Either flip the power back on or light the pilot light back up and you will be good to go!

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