How to Get Rid of Oklahoma City Water Heater Odors

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Water Heater Repair Oklahoma City

If you have foul water coming from your water heater follow Water Heater Repair Oklahoma City’s directions below to obtain your water smelling and tasting better.

The Causes of Oklahoma City 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 typical cause of hot water smell is bacteria in the water supply.
This is more prevalent in homes that make use of well water and cities that make use of wells as their water source.

Setting your water heater temperature level at 140 degrees or above should help reduce microorganisms growth.

Ways to get rid of smelly water.

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

Turn 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 enable 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 means to obtain the bleach into the tank.
If your water heater has a flexable line where cold water enters the tank, unscrew the line from the tank.
If not, eliminate the pressure relief valve. An aspect might be removed from an electric water heater.

Use a funnel to put the bleach into the opening.
Use 5 ounces of bleach for each gallon of the tank capability.
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 runs out the line.

Run all hot water components (consisting of the dishwasher and clothes washer) till you smell bleach.
The idea is to get rid of the germs in the water lines likewise.

Let the water stand in the water heater tank and water lines undisturbed for a couple of hours.

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

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

Gas Water Heaters
Relight the water heater pilot light.

Electric Water Heaters
Turn the power back on.

If the drain valve clogs up when your tring to drain the tank go to the flush hot water heater page to see how you can change the drain valve with a ball valve.

You could have to repeat this procedure more than once but normally one time looks after stinky water or water heater smell.

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