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Just rented a home in the country the water smells like rotten eggs

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Hydrogen Sulfide Gas can occur in wells, and gives the water a characteristic "rotten egg" taste or odor.

  • Install an activated carbon filter. This option is only effective for low hydrogen sulfide levels, The gas is trapped by the carbon filter is saturated.
  • Install an oxidizing filter, such as a "manganese greensand" filter. Manganese greensand filters are often used to treat iron problems in water. The device consists of manganese greensand media, which is sand coated with manganese dioxide. The hydrogen sulfide gas in the water is changed to tiny particles of sulfur as it passes through the filter. The filter must be periodically regenerated, using potassium permanganate, before the capacity of the greensand is exhausted.
  • Install an oxidation-filtration system. These systems utilize a chemical feed pump to inject an oxidizing chemical, such as chlorine, into the water supply line prior to a storage or mixing tank. When sufficient contact time is allowed, the oxidizing chemical changes the hydrogen sulfide to sulfur, which is then removed by a particulate filter, such as a manganese greensand filter.
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    What could be the problem causing the rotten egg smell in the water? We have changed the anode rod.shocked the well.no sulfur. We have kinetico softener. Use iron out salt. Water heater 2 yrs old.


    Some water softeners you can increase the back wash time on the unit to clear out a smell or bad taste , rotten egg smell can be sulfur. You may need a well flush but seek a well company on that for there advice as its not cheap .

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    Rotten eggs smell


    first replace your anode rod if that doesn't work the problem is in your water look at water treatment systems

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    I replaced the anode rod in my electric hot water heater but still get the rotten egg smell. Any suggestions? The heater is over 22 years old, 80 gallon.


    Clean the tank with hydrogen peroxide as outlined in following link.
    You may also need well company to shock-treat the well with clorox, or whatever procedure they recommend for local area.
    http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html#H2O2

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    Water smells like rotten eggs.


    When the water heater smells bad, it is time for a new anode rod.
    And then you flush the water heater with 2 bottles of hydrogen peroxide.

    With water heaters that experience the problem frequently, you change your incoming cold water pipes so hydrogen peroxide can be added easily.

    http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20047047,00.html
    http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Longevity/water-heater-anodes.html
    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/02/prweb3592714.htm

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    2 month old Lochinvar Electric 30 gal heater hot water has rotten egg smell. Do not have water softener system. Well water with a lot of iron.


    is it a new well.......it may go away after a while...its sulfer....sometimes when you drill well too deep you get sulpher water......

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    The smell is from the (anode rod not sure of this term is exact) in the water hater. Smells like rotten eggs. You have to remove the rod in the top of the water heater. This will void the warranty of the heater. The soot is due to flame adjustment. this should be done by a professional.

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    The hot water smells like rotten eggs., only the hot water


    its the mag rod in water heater-if your not using alot of hot water,and water is sitting in heater it will smell like rotten eggs-u can remove mag rod from water heater.it is in top of heater-

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