What Should I Do if My Water Softener Smells?

My Water Softener Tank Stinks!

No matter the manufacturer, any water softener tank may start to smell bad if it becomes infested with sulfur bacteria. This type of bacteria is attracted to the sodium found in water softener tanks. As the bacteria develops, hydrogen sulfide gas is released as refuse, resulting in the rotten egg odor.

The solution: thorough cleaning.

At Quality Home Services, we recommend a water treatment service conducted by a professional. It is important to clean your softener system and brine tank at least once a year. A technician can take the proper steps to eliminate the hydrogen sulfide and the awful smell.

What if My Water Smells Terrible?

If the water has been treated by a water softener, there are many cases where the foul odor continues to persist. Perhaps the water entering your home is high in sulfur, iron, or hydrogen sulfide, which requires additional filtration. High levels of these minerals are common in rural areas.

What if My Water Softener Salt Tank Has Brown Water?

Brown water in your water softener's salt or brine tank is caused by one of two things:

  • Dirt from the salt accumulating over time
  • Too much rust in the feed supply

Cleaning out the tank is the best way to fix this problem. A standard water softener should be cleaned every year and needs to be cleaned no longer than every five years. Waiting this long is risky, and should not be put off unless absolutely necessary.

Our professional staff always reiterates the importance of having your water tested before installing a water softening system. While you may save money by purchasing and installing a water softener you purchase at a hardware or department store, you may end up with a problem on your hands due to issues in your water that were not properly addressed from the get-go. A professional technician can test your water and make the necessary recommendations for adequate treatment.

If you are interested in having a water softener system installed in your home, contact Quality Home Services and schedule an appointment with our professional technician today.
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