Why Does My Water Smell Like Sulfur?

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You may have experienced walking into the kitchen or bathroom, turning on the faucet, and realizing that a strong and alarming order is coming from your water.

The smell of rotten eggs can make you think that the water supply has been contaminated. However, there are numerous reasons for the household water to smell bad or possess a pungent odor.

The smell of rotten eggs can be a sign of high sulfur levels in the water. The smell coming from the water can also show the presence of other contaminants in the water.

Chemical reactions, trace materials, and decaying organic matter can all cause changes in the water.

It is understandable that you may not want to drink the water having a foul smell. Clean water is free from all kinds of odor, it is colorless and does not cause any health risks.

There can be multiple reasons for water to smell bad:

Sulfur or Rotten Egg Smell

If you observe the smell of sulfur coming out of the nozzle, the most common reason is the presence of sulfur bacteria in the water supply. Organic matter like food waste is accumulated on the walls of the drain, providing nutrients to allow the bacteria to grow.

The bacteria produce hydrogen sulfide gas resulting in a bad odor. You can observe the smell while running hot water from the shower or the faucets.

An effective way of getting rid of this odor is by killing sulfur-producing bacteria using oxidants, including chlorine or ozone injection. Water filters can also be used as they oxidize sulfur for easy filtration and removal.

 

Plumbing Issues

Plumbing issues can cause bad odors, and finding the causes of odor can be tricky. However, if the cause of the bad smell is a plumbing issue, then you can identify it with the help of a plumbing company.

 

Decaying Organic Matter in The Drain

The issue might arise from the kitchen sink where the garbage disposal is. Even if you have cleaned the sink, the problem can still arise.

 Well, debris and food waste can build inside the garbage disposal, and when the food waste is not properly disposed of, it develops a disgusting odor.

There are plenty of things you can do to get rid of this smell and clean the garbage disposal

  1. Firstly, you need to clean the garbage disposal as best you can.
  2. Unplug the garbage disposal and remove all the food waste from inside.
  3. You can also try vinegar and baking soda.

After cleaning your garbage disposal, make sure to clean it on a regular basis to prevent the buildup of food waste and bacteria that can cause foul odors.

Whatever water problem you are facing, you can contact Veteran Air and Plumbing to handle all types of plumbing issues. Our team of highly trained technicians will help you solve any plumbing issues you have. Call today 941-404-1788.


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