Water Testing CT Rotten Egg Smell

What is that Rotten Egg Smell In Your Water?

Hydrogen Sulfide : CT Water containing hydrogen sulfide usually does not pose a health risk, but does give water a nuisance “rotten egg” smell and taste. Water supplies in Connecticut with as little as 1.0 ppm (part per million) hydrogen sulfide are corrosive, may tarnish copper and silverware, and occasionally release a black material that stains laundry and porcelain.

Hydrogen sulfide is formed by sulfur bacteria that may occur naturally in CT water. These bacteria use the sulfur in decaying plants, rocks, or soil as their food or energy source and as a by-product produce hydrogen sulfide. The sulfur bacteria do not cause disease, but their presence in water can cause a bad taste or odor.

Water heaters can also be sources of foul odors stemming from hydrogen sulfide. A magnesium rod is often placed in the tank by the manufacturer to prevent water heater corrosion. Sulfur that is dissolved in water can react with the magnesium rod forming hydrogen sulfide. The magnesium rod can be replaced with an aluminum one or removed completely. Removal however, may void the company’s warranty.

If your family gets drinking water from a private well, do you know if your water is safe to drink? What health risks could you and your family face?  Call us today for your CT Water Testing needs 888-558-1574.