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Old 01-10-04, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any plumbers on the system?

We have a well with both a sediment and UV filter and an electric water heater and mostly plastic pipes. Our hot water has a sulfur smell and the fixtures where we use alot of hot water tend to have a yellow tinge to them (ie shower), also my silver rings tend to turn black. The cold water doesn't have this problem (no yellow in the kettle or water filters). We shocked the well last october and ran the bleach through both hot and cold lines and let it sit for 24 hours.


Any ideas on how we would rectify this?
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Old 01-10-04, 07:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-10-04, 09:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lisa,

I suspect that your problem stems from hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in your groundwater. This is natural and common in many parts of Ontario. It is present in both the hot and cold, but more noticeable in the hot because the increased temperature makes it more volatile.

Bleach won't help it, nor will CLR. I believe you can use something similar to a water softener with a media to remove the hydrogen sulfide. You can also run the water through a trickling tower, much like a biofilter, to degas before it goes into your household system. Not very practical, however:-)

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Jeff the reason I'm thinking the watertank is suspect is because we don't notice the smell when we boil water.
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