How to Get Rid of Philadelphia Water Heater Odors

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Water Heater Repair Philadelphia | 0 comments

If you have foul-smelling water originating from your water heater follow Water Heater Repair Philadelphia’s directions below to obtain your water smelling and tasting much better.

The Causes of Philadelphia Water Heater 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:

The most common reason for hot water smell is germs in the water system.
This is more widespread in houses that use well water and cities that utilize wells as their water source.

Setting your water heater temperature at 140 degrees or above must help cut down on germs development.

Ways to remove foul water.

The directions are for cleaning your water heater with chlorine bleach (clorox).

Turn off the electric or gas supply to the tank.

Turn off the cold water supply to the tank.

Open the hot side of the kitchen faucet to enable air to enter the tank.

Connect a garden hose to the drain valve and drain water heater.

Close the drain valve.

Now you need a way to obtain the bleach into the tank.
If your water heater has a flexable line where cold water enters the tank, unscrew the line from the tank.
If not, remove the pressure relief valve. An aspect could be gotten rid of from an electric water heater.

Utilize a funnel to pour the bleach into the opening.
Use 5 ounces of bleach for every gallon of the tank capacity.
Example – A 50 gallon water heater would need 250 ounces of bleach (about 2 gallons).

Reinstall the water line or relief line.

Refill the tank with water.

Close the hot side of the kitchen area faucet as soon as all the air is out of the line.

Run all hot water components (consisting of the dishwasher and garments washer) up until you smell bleach.
The concept is to get rid of the germs in the water lines also.

Let the water stand in the water heater tank and water lines undisturbed for a couple of hours.

Drain your tank once more and refill it. Let it set undisturbed for 30 minutes and drain the one more time.

Refill the tank. Open all the hot water components and let them run till the scent of bleach is gone including the dishwasher and clothing washer.

Gas Water Heaters
Relight the water heater pilot burner.

Electric Water Heaters
Turn the power back on.

If the drain valve obstructs up when your tring to drain the tank go to the flush hot water heater page to see how you can change the drain valve with a ball valve.

You might have to duplicate this treatment more than when however normally one time cares for foul water or water heater odor.

Also, by changing ones anode rods, and even the type used can do the trick as the following video illustrates:

More Resources

Controlling Odors in Hot Water Heaters – City of Fellsmere

Solving rotten-egg odor in water heaters

Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water