WHAT’S THE REASON OF SMELLY WATER?
Water heaters are a common source of odorous water. Natural anaerobic bacteria in water can react with the magnesium and aluminum anodes to produce hydrogen sulfide gas. This is most likely what's causing the rotten egg smell when you run hot water but not cold.It's also common for water to smell like rotten eggs after the water heater has been turned off for an extended period of time.
WHAT ARE SULFATES AND HYDROGEN SULFIDE?
Sulfates are found naturally in rocks and soil. Sulfates eventually dissolve and enter groundwater, which is the source of well water. Sulfate does not emit gas and thus has no odor.Hydrogen sulfide gas occurs naturally and can come from a variety of underground sources, including rotting plant material and bacteria. It's easy to imagine tiny bacteria eating sulfur and then producing hydrogen sulfide gas as a byproduct. It's not very reassuring to know that smelly water is the result of bacteria waste.
IS SULFUR WATER DANGEROUS?
The answer is determined by the amount of sulfur in the water. While most household water supplies do not contain dangerous levels of sulfur, a high level can cause stomach pain and nausea. Similarly, high levels of sulfates in drinking water can be harmful, especially to infants.The most common issue with sulfur water is the way it tastes or smells. The majority of people can detect hydrogen sulfide in water at a concentration of 0.5 parts per million (ppm). Water with sulfur concentrations ranging from 0.5 to 1 ppm smells musty, while levels greater than 1 ppm smell rotten and corrode metal pipes.
TOO MUCH SULFUR CAN LEAD TO FOLLOWING PROBLEMS: -
- 1. Diarrhea and dehydration: Drinking water with a high sulfate content can have a laxative effect, resulting in diarrhea and dehydration.
- 2. Bitter taste: Sulfates can cause a bitter taste due to scale deposits.
- 3. Slime that clogs pipes or stains clothing: Sulfates can cause slime that clogs pipes or stains clothing.
- 4. Ineffective bleach: Sulfates can reduce the effectiveness of bleach, making it difficult to clean clothing thoroughly.
- 5. Foul Odor: Hydrogen sulfide causes a rotten egg odor in water, making drinks and other beverages unappealing.
- 6. Poor Taste: Hydrogen sulphide can have a negative impact on the taste of drinks and food.
- 7. Corroded Taste: Hydrogen sulfide corrodes metals like iron, steel, and copper. As a result, hydrogen sulfide can shorten the lifespan of pipes and disrupt the plumbing system in a home.
- 8. Stained Fixtures: Hydrogen sulfide can cause yellow or black stains on bathroom or kitchen fixtures.
- 9. Utensils that have become tarnished: Hydrogen sulfide can cause a black tarnish on silverware and stain copper or brass utensils.
HOW TO REMOVE SULFUR FROM WATER?
The first step in removing sulfates and hydrogen sulfide from water is to have it tested by a trained professional.
The following are some water treatment options:
- ~ Aeration: This method of removing hydrogen sulphide adds air to the water, which may reduce the levels of hydrogen sulphide in the water. Installing an aeration system to add air to well water before it enters the home is required for this method.
- ~ Hydrogen peroxide: Through oxidation, hydrogen peroxide neutralizes sulfur's rotten egg smell and pollutants. Because of its proven consistency, hydrogen peroxide can be used to prevent the formation of colors, tastes, corrosion, and scaling caused by pollution degradation. The stabilizer extends the shelf life of standard hydrogen peroxide 7 percent by 5 times. Hydrogen Peroxide is NSF Certified to meet the NSF/ANSI Standard 60 for drinking water aeration.
- ~ Iron removal filter: An iron removal filter that removes moderate amounts of hydrogen sulfide can be used. The filter chemically reacts with the hydrogen sulfide, converting it to insoluble sulfur that can then be removed by the filtering process.
- ~ Chlorine bleach: By reacting with hydrogen sulfide and destroying the odor, chlorine bleach can remove hydrogen sulfide. The use of an automatic chlorinator to feed chlorine into the water system is required for this method. The sulfur and other sediment formed is then removed by a filter system.
NETSOL WATER is an independent dealer that can provide you with a variety of solutions to either supplement your current water treatment system or provide the entire house solution you require.