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15 May

What to do if your water smells in Vermont

If your water has a bad smell, it is important to identify the cause, and then make it stop. The first step is to learn the smell of your water. Plumbers 911 Maine can help solve this problem.

One of the more foul odors is when your water smells like sewage. This often happens due to leftover food bacteria and soap mixing together in the drain. What you are smelling is not sewage but probably bacteria. 

If this is the issue, take hot and cold water, and smell both while away from the faucet. If both smell normal, the problem likely is not the water but bacteria in your sink’s drain. 


Home water odor solutions

An option to resolve the bacteria smell is using a ¼ cup of baking soda and vinegar to pour down the drain. Let it bubble for 10 minutes, then boil water and pour it down the drain. The mixture may clear bacteria and make the smell better. 

Your water may instead smell like rotten eggs, especially when using hot water. This may also be related to bacteria but cannot be resolved with the same mixture. The problem may be that sulfur bacteria is in the plumbing system. 

In this case, you will need to contact a plumbing professional like those through Plumbers 911 Vermont to fix it. Home solutions will not remove the rotten egg odor.


Other Vermont home water smells

Foul water smells may be a sign of other issues. For example, when tap water smells like metal, it will sometimes taste like it too. Iron, zinc, and other metals can dissolve in the water and create these tastes and odors.

A clean drinking filter is a helpful solution to this problem. Installing one will clear out these unwanted metals, and installing a water softener will help maintain this. 

The most serious case is when the water has a gasoline smell. Do not use your water for anything if you experience this. This is likely another area aside from your home producing contaminants that do more than give off a bad smell. Factories or farmland nearby can be the source of this. 

Call a Plumbers 911 Vermont plumber to solve these problems in your home and install systems that prevent them from returning. Call the health department if the odors indicate more severe issues.

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