06:39AM | 09/26/06
Member Since: 09/25/06
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I have a horrible odor coming only from my hot water. I have been told that I may have a build up of iron & sulfer in my hot water heater. I have a new well and that may have put deposits of iron and sulfer into my hot water heater when the water was turned on. Since I cannot completely empty the hot water heater and we have drained it several times, I think I need to install a filter system somehow. Where can I find a filter system for my hot water heater? I have been told that it may contain a bacteria. I was also told that this bacteria can be killed by chlorine. How can I get chlorine into my hot water heater? Will this even help? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



07:25AM | 09/26/06
Member Since: 06/26/04
30 lifetime posts

I know what you are going through. I am also on a well, and occasionaly a sulpher gas smell and/or iron bacteria smell presents itself. The sulpher smell seems to be associated with seasons, atmospheric pressure, or whatever. I had a system installed by Culligan years ago. It worked pretty well for a few years then stopped working. It got all clogged up with the iron bacteria. The iron bacteria is not harmful to your health(well, maybe your mental health), but sure smells bad. And it eventually builds up on the pipes and causes lowere pressure and clogs up the control system. We had the Culligan system removed a bout three years ago and replaced with a chlorine base system. As a part of the installation they dropped some chloine tablets into the well to kill the iron bacteria and clean out the sludge build up. The new system cost over $3000 and we still get occasional odors from the hot water heater, despite flushing the tank and running a chlorine solution through it. Don't seem to be getting the sulpher odors though. We'll be due for a new tank in a year or two, maybe that will help. It sure is frustrating, as you know. Sorry I don't have any advice but thought I could share with you.


07:29AM | 09/26/06
Member Since: 09/25/06
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for sharing with me. I thought I was going crazy. I did find a filter that you can hook up directly to the line coming into the hot water heater. Cost is about $70.00. I may try that to see if I can get some relief. I sure do appreciate you taking the time to reply. Have a great day.



07:36AM | 09/26/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
The problem is the water from the well, not the WH. The WH is just where it shows up.

Sometimes shocking the well with chorline will solve the problem or solve it for a long time.

Other times other water treatment equipment is needed to precipate the iron and/or chlorine injection system.

You need to get a COMPLETE testing of the well water.


07:38AM | 09/26/06
Member Since: 09/25/06
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for the advice. I am going to get the water tested this week. I appreciate the reply.



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