Dealing with Water Odor

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Experiencing water with a foul odor is horribly distracting in the home. It can make showering difficult to tolerate and drinking water from the tap downright unbearable. As water is heated, these smells often become more pronounced due to vaporization, making it more noticeable in hot showers or baths. Depending on the cause for odorous water, it is possible that it could also be unsafe for consumption.

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One of the likely reasons for odor present in your water supply is due to being on a well. Since wells are fed by groundwater, it is through groundwater that you may be acquiring odor. Natural chemicals, elements, and minerals, such as sulfur for example, are known to create strong smells which taint water with unpleasant smells. If your water supply is picking up such elements, they can in turn be passed through your home. These things may be avoidable if you were to dig a deeper well, but this is expensive and not guaranteed.

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Another reason for a water smell could be your plumbing. If you've recently upgraded your plumping, it could be the very pipes that are stinking up your water. Chemicals are used in the making of pipes, such as PVC, as well as in the adhesives used to bond these pipes together. As hot water passes through these pipes, the intensity of these smells can increase due to the passage of heat through them. This type of odor issue will subside with time. In the meantime, water in this case is safe for drinking, although the smell may be off putting.

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If you've ruled out an elemental reason for water smells and your plumbing has not been changed in any way, the problem could actually be the water itself. In the event that other reasons for odor have been ruled out and you've arrived at the conclusion that it is the water that smells, testing is in order. For the sake of safety when consuming water, contact your local municipality and/or water supplier about testing. In some areas, water is regularly tested and results are readily available, but in other areas you may have to request testing and results, possibly at some expense to you.

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Don't forget that additives are sometimes placed in water for treatment purposes, such as chlorine, and these will also create a smell from time to time. If there is nothing you can do to eliminate smells in your water but it has been ruled safe for drinking, a filtration system may be of help to you. Whole house filters can be used or smaller systems can be added to drinking taps. While filters are beneficial overall and do remove a lot of unsavory contents from your water, keep in mind that smells might not be entirely eradicated and could unfortunately remain in your life, and water, moving forward.

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