Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs? Here’s the Simple Fix | Ep. 153

Rotten eggs seen beside a water heater
Does your water smell like rotten eggs? It could be due to something in your water heater.

The distinct smell of rotten eggs is always unpleasant, but when the stench comes from running water, it’s a cause for concern.

Gary recently installed a new gas water heater; his water source is a well. Since then, the water has smelled like rotten eggs. Now, he’s wondering what caused the smell, and what he can do about it.

The stench’s origin is not the water itself. Instead, it boils down to these two things:

  • Bacteria is present in the water supply
  • The new water heater has an anode rod made with magnesium or aluminum

An anode rod — a sacrificial component inside the water tank — attracts corrosive minerals and filters them out of your water.

If bacteria are present in the water and the water heater has a rod made with magnesium or aluminum, the bacteria will create sulfates.

Then, it will produce hydrogen sulfide — the chemical compound that creates the scent of rotten eggs.

Fixing this smelly water is simple: just replace the anode rod with a zinc or aluminum-zinc alloy rod.

Skip to [11:38] and listen to the full segment on the Today’s Homeowner Podcast.

Also in this episode, we discuss:

  • The best place to install a ceiling fan in a large room
  • Tips for blocking train noises
  • Sealing off recessed lights to save energy
  • Removing white haze from shower tiles
  • How to get rid of fuzzy mold inside toilets

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