Madison Water Heater Odor Repair

Are you experiencing issues with stinky odors originating from the water originating from your water heater? It could happen in certain cases for a couple different reasons. Here is what Water Heater Repair Madison WI recommends to do to make sure your water smells better and to remove any bad taste quickly.

Causes for Madison Water Heater Odors?

Bacteria entering into the water system is the most frequent factor ones water in the home will have odors. If you home uses well water or cities that make use of wells for the water supply, increases the chance of this developing.

With a water heater temperature level setting of 140 degrees or above will assist in reducing the growth of germs within the water storage tank.

The Best Ways to Get Rid of Smelly Water Odors

The following directions demonstrate the best way to use chlorine bleach to cleanse a water heater.

The electric or gas leading to the water heater tank needs to first be turned off.

Next, the cold water supply off that leads to the tank needs to be shut off.

Open the hot water faucet of the kitchen sink to enable air to get in the tank.

With a a garden hose hooked up to the storage tank drain valve, drain the water inside the water heater.

Then shut the drain valve after it is drained.

The next step is adding the bleach.
If the hose for the cold water going within the storage tank is a flexible hose, unscrew it from the tank. Otherwise, one will likely need to take off the pressure relief valve, which is more involved. For electric water heaters, one of the elements can be taken out.

Use a funnel to pour bleach into the opening.
Pour 5 ounces of bleach for each gallon of the tank capability.
So if you have a 50 gallon water heater, you will require 250 ounces of bleach, or close to 2 gallons.

Reinstall the water line or pressure relief valve.

Fill the tank back up with water again.

Close the hot water faucet of the kitchen faucet as quickly as all the air is out of the line.

Operate all the hot water appliances up until the smell of bleach is distinct. We want to eliminate the microorganisms that are in the water lines also, not just inside of the water heater.

Keep the water in the tank and water lines undisturbed for a couple of hours.

Empty the storage tank once more and refill it. This time let it remain for at least 30 minutes and once more drain it.

Fill the tank back up. Turn on all of the hot water fixtures and let them run up until the smell of bleach is gone.

For gas water heaters, relight the water heater pilot light. For electric water heaters, turn the electricity on once again.

Also, by changing the anode rods, or even the type utilized can work as the next video demonstrates:

Additionally, by replacing the anode rods, or perhaps the type employed can work as the next video shows:

Odors from Madison Water Heater

What the Experts Say

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…

Soquel Creek Water District

How is hydrogen sulfide gas produced in a water heater?

A water heater can provide an ideal environment for the conversion of sulfate to hydrogen sulfide gas. The water heater can produce hydrogen sulfide gas in two ways – creating a warm environment where sulfur bacteria can live, and sustaining a reaction between sulfate in the water and the water heater anode.  Read more…

Minnesota Department of Health

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