SULFUR (H2S) or SULPHER PROBLEMS

Sulfates, which are a form of the element sulfur, Sulfur-containing minerals are found in most rocks and soils around the world. As groundwater seeps through the earth, some of these sulfur compounds are dissolved by the water. Rainwater is also a source of sulfur.

Bacteria use sulfur in the soil as a food or energy source, and then they produce hydrogen sulfide gas as a byproduct. Water that contains hydrogen sulfide is quickly recognizable by its sulfurous odor. Ingesting water that contains sulfur is not a health risk, but it can be unappetizing.

Large quantities of sulfur in drinking water can contribute to diarrhea, which leads to dehydration. Livestock and pets are also susceptible to the effects of sulfur in their drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency notes that when you abruptly switch from drinking water that does not contain sulfur to drinking water that is high in sulfur content, you are most likely to experience laxative effects from the mineral.  CONTACT US

The biggest problem of sulfur in drinking water is that it stinks. Like other minerals, sulfur can leave stains in plumbing fixtures such as sinks and toilets. Clothing washed in water that is high in sulfur may also become stained. Water that contains as little as one part per million of hydrogen sulfide can tarnish copper and silver.

If your water has the odor of "rotten eggs" there are a number of ways it can be treated.  The concentration of the gas will determine the best way to alleviate thre problem.  Sulfer can be removed by charcoal filtration, aeration, chlorination or filtration.  As a side note - SULFUR (H2S) or SULPHER - both spellings are acceptable.  NOTE:   Make sure the odor is coming from your well and not your water heater.  If it's coming from the heater the cause is the magnesium (anode) rod.  This can be cured by simply removing the rod or replacing it with an aluminum rod.

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