When it comes to water quality, one of the most common complaints that we hear from homeowners about their private wells is that their water smells like rotten eggs. Not only does this smell make it difficult to drink your tap water, but it can also cause you to worry about what’s in your water. Today we’re going to talk about the rotten egg smell in well water and the various effects it has on your home!
How does the rotten egg smell in well water develop?
The rotten egg smell in well water is most often caused by the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas. Hydrogen sulfide occurs naturally in groundwater, which makes water from private wells especially susceptible to containing the contaminant.
Well water can also pick up hydrogen sulfide from sulfur bacteria that is found in groundwater, on the well itself or somewhere along the water distribution system.
What are the effects of a rotten egg smell in well water?
Although hydrogen sulfide is generally not considered a health hazard, its presence can have a number of negative effects, including:
- Water that’s hard to drink. The smell of something you consume has a huge effect on how well it tastes. So if you’re drinking well water that smells like rotten eggs, it can be very difficult and unpleasant to swallow.
- Stained silverware and plumbing fixtures. Water with hydrogen sulfide can create black stains on whatever it comes into contact with, including your plumbing fixtures and silverware.
- Corroded pipes. Hydrogen sulfide can corrode pipes that are made of various different materials. This can create leaks along your plumbing system and possibly result in the need to replace your pipes prematurely.
- Reduced effectiveness of detergents. Water that contains hydrogen sulfide makes detergents less effective. This means that your clothes and dishes will not come out as clean as you’d like.
- Sulfur bacteria slime. In some instances, sulfur bacteria can create a slime that builds up in your pipes. This allows for the growth of other types of bacteria in your pipes and can even clog your plumbing system.
How can you get rid of the rotten egg smell in well water?
EPA Water offers a number of different water treatment products that will remove sulfur from your water. Contact us for a free water quality analysis so that we can test your water for hydrogen sulfide and suggest the perfect treatment system for your home.
If you have any questions about the rotten egg smell in well water, or if you’d like a water treatment system serviced or installed in your home, contact EPA Water Consultants, your Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey dealer of water softening and water filtration systems. We service areas all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including towns like Limeport, Limerick and Line Lexington, PA.
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