06 Apr 2015

H2Odors Part 3: Removing & Preventing Water Odors

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woman holding her nose with both hands to avoid smelling a bad odor
In the first two posts of this series, you’ve learned what causes some of the most common odors found in tap water. Excellent! Based on the specific smell, you can probably guess the offender. Even better! Now it’s time to tackle the most important question…

How do I get rid of the stink in my water?

Let’s wrap up our series on smelly water with some expert solutions and preventative measures from C&J Well Company, plus a few DIY tips for those inclined to tackle this on their own.

Professional Odor Removal Tips

Just like pretty much anything mechanical, your home’s water supply system benefits from regular maintenance. This is true regardless of whether your tap water comes from the city or from a private well on your property. Though upkeep techniques differ depending on the water source, we recommend these effective procedures.

For private water wells:

  • Inspection & cleaning. At C&J Well, we recommend having your water well professionally inspected at least once a year, and again if you’re experiencing water quality or mechanical issues. Expect an expert service to include pump disassembly, sediment removal, high pressure cleaning, and component replacement when necessary.
  • Water softener. In addition to eliminating the damaging effects of hard water, softeners also improve the smell and taste of your home’s water supply. Depending on your personal needs (home size, family water usage, etc.), a single tank or twin tank system might make more sense.
  • Reverse osmosis (RO). Ever seen this term on a fancy bottle of water? You can get reverse osmosis straight from your tap at home, too! RO systems are designed to integrate with your potable water supply, treating and conditioning water used for drinking and cooking purposes.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection. UV lighting lets you harness the power of the sun to kill microscopic material in your home’s water supply. These systems may sound complicated, but UV disinfectors are fairly simple to maintain.

For municipal water:

Aside from the water well inspection & cleaning, the solutions highlighted above for improving the smell, taste, and quality of well water can also be applied if your home relies on a municipal water source.

DIY Odor Removal Tips

While installing a water softener or reverse osmosis system might be too difficult for the average homeowner, there are some steps you can take to minimize the effects and risks of smelly water. Consider the following:

  • Portable filtration. Several companies make water filters that fit inside your refrigerator or screw onto your sink faucet. Likewise, many new fridge models feature built-in filtration systems for drinking water and ice.
  • Biological testing. Although we encourage all water well owners to do this annually, homeowners with municipal water can also test their supply for elevated levels of potentially harmful materials.
  • Reporting issues. Does your water suddenly have a chlorine or rotten egg odor? Report it! Contact your local water provider, health department, and/or C&J Well Company for advice on additional steps you can take.

Don’t Settle for Stinky Water

When in doubt, always make sure to take action if you’re experiencing odors in your well or municipal water supply. Hopefully this series has empowered you to make informed decisions and get the crisp, clear, clean water you and your family deserve. Learn more by browsing our website, reading our blog, and contacting C&J Well for more information!