How to Get Rid of Milwaukee Water Heater Odors

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

If you have foul water originating from your water heater follow Water Heater Repair Milwaukee’s instructions below to get your water smelling and tasting much better.

The Causes of Milwaukee 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 system.
This is more prevalent in houses that make use of well water and cities that make use of wells as their water source.

Setting your water heater temperature at 140 degrees or above must help minimize germs growth.

The best ways to get rid of foul water.

The directions are for cleaning your water heater with chlorine bleach (clorox).

Shut 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.

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

Close the drain valve.

Now you need a way to obtain the bleach into the tank.
If your water heater has a flexable line where cold water gets in the tank, unscrew the line from the tank.
If not, remove the pressure relief valve. An aspect could be removed from an electric water heater.

Utilize a funnel to pour the bleach into the opening.
Use 5 ounces of bleach for every gallon of the tank capacity.
Example – A 50 gallon water heater would need 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 is out of the line.

Run all hot water fixtures (including the dishwasher and clothing washer) up until you smell bleach.
The concept is to kill the germs in the water lines also.

Let the water stand in the water heater tank and water lines undisturbed for two to three hours.

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

Refill the tank. Open all the hot water fixtures and let them run till the odor of bleach is gone consisting of the dishwasher and garments washer.

Gas Water Heaters
Relight the water heater pilot light.

Electric Water Heaters
Turn the power back on.

If the drain valve congests when your tring to drain the tank go to the flush hot water heater page to see exactly how to replace the drain valve with a ball valve.

You may have to repeat this treatment more than as soon as however normally one time takes care of smelly 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