Hot Water Odor
A: Domestic hot water heaters are manufactured with a sacrificial anode usually made of magnesium. This anode is designed to prolong the life of the water heater, electrolysis that normally attacks the tank, attacks the anode. Unfortunately the byproduct of this process is the resulting “rotten egg” odor.
This situation can be corrected by replacing the anode, if possible, with one made of aluminum. If desired, the anode can be removed completely.
Regardless of how the odor is remedied, Ideal Water recommends that a cup of standard household bleach be poured into the water heater prior to reinstalling the plug or new anode. This will help rid the water heater of any lingering odor.rum.
Drain & Purge a Well Tank
General Water Questions
Soft- <1.0 (<17.1ppm),
Slightly Hard- 1.0 to 3.5 (17.1 to 60ppm),
Moderately Hard- 3.5 to 7.0 (60 to 120ppm),
Hard- 7.0 to 10 (120 to 180ppm),
Very Hard- 10.5 (180ppm+)
Chlorination has some drawbacks: The system needs continuous monitoring for residual chlorine; Chlorine is a chemical that needs to be removed, thus an additional cost for a carbon filter for dechlorination; and the injection pump needs periodic maintenance. UV, for the residential consumer, is more cost effective and user friendly.
Contact your local Health Department for your nearest laboratory or click here for the New York Association of Approved Environmental Laboratories
Living with Softened Water
A: The amount of salt added to water when it is softened is directly related to the amount of hardness that is being removed. The following table gives some examples:
Sodium added to water from softening
Examples are per 8 ounces of water
6 grains = 11.3 mg/L
15 grains = 28.0 mg/L
25 grains = 46.6mg/L
* A slice of bread contains 114 mg/L of sodium
* A 3oz. slice of ham contains 1,114 mg/L of sodium