What Causes Tap Water to Smell Bad?

If you’ve ever turned your taps on and encountered a strange smell, you’re not alone. Residential water supplies are treated to make sure they’re safe, but that doesn’t mean contaminants can’t enter your water when it reaches your home. And many of those contaminants can cause an off-putting odor anytime you turn your taps on. Before you can fix the problem, it’s helpful to understand just what’s causing those odors so you can better explain the problem to your Denver water filtration team. Here’s some of the most common smells homeowners encounter.

Anytime your water supply smells like sewage waste, it can be alarming. But that sewage smell doesn’t necessarily mean that waste is entering your water supply. Often, sewage smells are caused by a buildup of bacteria in your faucet, your water heater, or in your drains. The bacteria isn’t necessarily harmful, but it can make enjoying your water more difficult. Cleaning your sinks thoroughly can help reduce the risk of bacteria buildup and hiring an experienced water heater repair technician to flush your water heater can keep those smells from being a problem anytime you run your shower.

Rotten Eggs
Rotten egg smells are often caused by an excess amount of sulfur in your water supply. And that buildup is often the result of bacteria being present in your pipes. The bacteria feed on waste in your pipes and put out hydrogen sulfide gas that seeps up through your pipes. Your plumber will be able to help you deal with the problem and your water filtration team can help you make sure your water supply stays clean and free of sulfur.

Bacteria in the water supply resulting from decaying leaves and other organic materials can leave your water smelling like fish and tasting off. While it may not be harmful, it can leave you wanting to avoid showering or sipping on tap water whenever you’re thirsty. Installing a whole-house water filtration system can help you keep that fishy smell and undesirable taste at bay.

Municipal water utilities rely on chlorine to keep the water supply clean and free of harmful bacteria like salmonella and e. coli. Unfortunately, that chlorine can make your water smell like you’re at a swimming pool if levels are even a touch too high. Though it’s still safe to drink, the only way to ensure that your water is chlorine-free when it reaches your tap is to install a whole-house water filtration system. This will make your water taste better and eliminate the swimming pool smell that’s so overpowering. 

Whole-Home Water Filtration Systems Help
Installing a whole-home filtration system can make your water more enjoyable to drink, use, and be around in a way that countertop filtration systems just won’t. Denver Water Heaters is here to help you keep your home’s water supply working well and tasting great. Our team can install a new whole-house filtration system so you’ll never have to worry about what’s in your water. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 
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