How to Get Rid of Miami Water Heater Odors

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Water Heater Repair Miami

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

The Causes of Miami 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 usual reason for hot water smell is germs in the water supply.
This is more common in houses that utilize well water and cities that make use of wells as their water source.

Setting your water heater temperature at 140 degrees or above ought to help lower bacteria development.

How you can remove foul-smelling 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 allow air to get in the tank.

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

Close the drain valve.

Now you require a way to get 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, get rid of the pressure relief valve. An element could be gotten rid of from an electric water heater.

Make use of a funnel to pour the bleach into the opening.
Use 5 ounces of bleach for every gallon of the tank capability.
Example – A 50 gallon water heater would require 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 faucet as quickly as all the air runs out the line.

Run all hot water components (consisting of the dishwasher and clothes washer) till you smell bleach.
The idea is to kill the germs in the water lines likewise.

Let the water stand in the water heater tank and water lines undisturbed for 2 to 3 hours.

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

Refill the tank. Open all of the hot water fixtures and let them run till the odor of bleach is gone consisting of 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 congests up when your tring to drain the tank go to the flush hot water heater page to see exactly how to change the drain valve with a ball valve.

You may need to duplicate this procedure more than once but normally one time looks after foul-smelling 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