If perhaps the water coming from the taps at home stinks, there may be a problem with your hot water heater. There can be a couple of various causes of stinky water, yet the main cause is bacteria. Whenever bacteria is getting in the water, an odor will likely develop. Well water is typically at fault for this transpiring. But, there are a few actions a Bakersfield homeowner could take to prevent bacteria from expanding in their water and to get rid of existing bacteria and odors.

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…

Reducing Water Heater Bacteria Growth

The easiest way to stop bacteria from growing and resulting in unpleasant tastes and odors throughout one’s home, is to be sure that the temp is set at 140 degrees or greater on one’s water heater. At this climate bacteria are unable to grow and will be killed. In case your water heater temperature is placed any lower than this, bacteria will not only live but may grow.

Cleaning Out Hot Water Heater BacteriaBakersfield Water Heater Odors

To eliminate present bacteria and smells, one should utilize harsh chemicals to destroy it. Chlorine bleach is the most efficient and thorough chemical cleaner to utilize. In case you are trying to clean the water and eliminate the bacteria by using bleach by yourself, make sure you have an understanding of the complete method of to do so. First, the electric or gas going to the water heater must be switched off. And then the cold water supply will have to be turned off. Then, you must turn on one of the hot water faucets inside of the house. This allows air into the tank. Utilizing a garden hose, empty the water from the water heater and shut the drain valve after all the water has been drained. After this, it’s time to pour in the bleach. One will be needing five oz of bleach for each gallon of water the tank retains. Detach the flexible cold water pipe and pour the bleach into the opening. In the event the cold water hose isn’t flexible, it may be a wise decision to contact a professional. Connect the water line once again and fill up the tank with water. It’s crucial to shut the hot water tap in the house when all the air is out of the pipe. It is likewise vital to run each one of the faucets which employ hot water throughout the home until it is possible to smell the bleach. The bacteria which is in the water heater might also be in piping and fixtures consequently you must kill the bacteria in these locations as well. Allow the bleach water remain inside the tank and in the water lines for around 3 hours while not using any hot water. And then yet another flush is due. After the tank is cleared again, do not put in additional bleach but refill with water and let it sit in the tank and inside the piping for at least thirty minutes. Finally, drain the tank yet again and refill the tank with water. Let all of the hot water appliances in the home run until you can not smell bleach. Either switch the power on again or light the pilot light back up and you should be good to go!

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