Bakersfield Water Heater Odor Repair

Are you experiencing problems with foul-smelling odors coming from the water coming from your water heater? It can occur from time to time for a couple different reasons. Here is what Water Heater Repair Bakersfield recommends to do to make sure your water smells far better and to get rid of any undesirable tastes fast.

Reasons for Bakersfield Water Heater Odors?

Bacteria getting into the water system is the most frequent factor ones water in the home will have smells. If you home utilizes well water or cities that utilize wells for the water supply, will increase the likelihood of this occurring.

With a water heater temperature level setting of 140 degrees or more will assist in reducing the growth of bacteria inside of the water storage tank.

Ways to Eliminate Foul Water Odors

The following directions discuss the best way to use chlorine bleach to wash a water heater.

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

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

Open the hot water faucet of the kitchen area sink to permit air to enter the tank.

With a a yard hose attached to the storage tank drain valve, drain the water inside the water heater.

Then shut the drain valve once it is empty.

The next step is adding the bleach.
If the hose for the cold water going inside the storage tank is a flexible line, unscrew it from the tank. If not, one will need to take off the pressure relief valve, which is more involved. For electric water heaters, one of the elements can be taken out.

Utilize a funnel to get bleach inside the opening.
Add 5 ounces of bleach for every gallon of the tank ability.
So if you have a 50 gallon water heater, you will need 250 ounces of bleach, or close to 2 gallons.

Reinstall the water line or pressure relief valve.

Fill the tank back up with water once again.

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

Run all the hot water appliances until the smell of bleach is apparent. We want to get rid of the germs that are in the water lines also, not just inside of the water heater.

Keep the water in the tank and water lines without using and hot water for a couple of hours.

Drain the storage tank again and refill it. This time allow it to set for at least 30 minutes and just as before drain it.

Fill the tank back up. Open 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 more.

In addition, by changing the anode rods, or perhaps the type utilized can work as the next video shows:

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

Odors from Bakersfield 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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