Hot Water Stinks – How to stop the sulfur (rotten egg) smell

Troubleshooting – Do you smell sulfur (rotten eggs) in the bathroom?

Do you smell of sulfur (rotten eggs) in the bathroom?
Do you smell of sulfur (rotten eggs) in the bathroom?

Well, there’s one smell that no one likes to notice in their home – and that’s rotten eggs. No matter what’s happening in your day, one whiff of this very unpleasant (and very overpowering) odor is sure to throw you off!

If your hot water heater stinks, there’s a reason.

When your water heater smells like sulfur, here’s what is probably happening. The most common cause of smelly water is anaerobic bacteria that exist in some water and react with sulfur and the magnesium and aluminum sacrificial anodes that come with most water heaters to produce hydrogen sulfide gas, making the classic rotten egg ordor. The problem is most common in well systems either private or municipal.

Softening the water can make smelling water much worse. The water heater manufacturers cannot be blamed. It’s a condition that exists in some parts of the country and each person has to deal with it individually.

A Quick Fix . . . But It won’t last.

When you notice this rotten egg smell one wat to confirm that it’s coming from your hot water heater, is to try a do-it-yourself solution.

  • Shut off the cold water valve that’s connected to your water heater.
  • Drain some of the water from your hot water heater.

When you notice this rotten egg smell and you’ve confirmed that it’s coming from your hot water heater, you can go into water heater repair mode and try a do-it-yourself solution.

  • Shut off the cold water valve that’s connected to your water heater.
  • Drain some of the water from your hot water heater.

  • Next, reconnect the metal hose that you disconnected in step 3.
  • Turn the cold water valve back on, which will refill your tank.
  • Let it sit for a few hours.

If you’re wondering why hydrogen peroxide will get rid of the rotten egg smell, it’s because it’s a surefire way to kill the foul-smelling bacteria. It’s classified as environmentally safe by the FDA, so no worries there.

Long Term Solutions – Powered Anode Or Tankless

Sacrificial anode rods are typically made of magnesium, aluminum, or an aluminum/zinc alloy. The anode rod create an electrical reaction inside the water heater as it corrodes. A powered anode does the same by feeding electricity into the tank. Since there is no magnesium or aluminum, there’s no smell. Powered anode rods are a permanent solution as they do not need replacement.

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

Tankless water heaters make sure you have hot water whenever you need it. Essentially a hot water on demand system, you will not have to heat a tank full of water and have to wait for hot water. With a tankless system, the water is only heated when you need it, so have the benefit of saving money and enjoying hot water on the spot without waiting. They are designed without an anode rod so you will not have any smell.

To find out more about tankless water heaters click here.

Benefits of Working With Us

We know you have a choice when you choose professional services to install or repair your water heater, so when you choose us we do not take that decision for granted. We prove to you we value your business by providing you with several key benefits and services:

Personalized Solutions: You have a lot on your plate. We understand that and we want to make your plumbing situation as hassle-free as possible. You will always be treated with personalized service, and we will never pressure to agree to an upset. You will always be given the option to repair or replace.

Experienced Technicians: Our respectful, knowledgeable technicians know what good service means. We know that to provide you with the best experience possible, we have to be on top of our game. That means we are always up to date on the latest techniques and solutions to make sure we make the most effective, efficient repairs and installations.

Honest, Upfront Pricing: We don’t believe in leaving you in the dark. You will always receive a free estimate before move forward on any project. That way, there is never any confusion or surprise charges.

We believe in doing the job right the first time, utilizing top quality industry standard parts to ensure that everything works properly. You can trust us to provide you with the service you deserve, satisfaction guaranteed!

Want to save on your hot water heating costs and remove that rotten egg smell? Call (707) 600-2969 to install a tankless water heater! Jeffrey Gray Plumbing serves Fairfield, Napa, Vacaville, Vallejo and the surrounding areas. Take advantage of our current specials and exclusive online coupons and save on your next service.

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