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What to Do When Your Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs

woman looking suspiciously at water because it smells like rotten eggs
woman looking suspiciously at water because it smells like rotten eggs

What to Do When Your Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs


Ever had the experience of turning on the faucet and what comes out is an affront to your senses? Especially your olfactory one? That’s usually the biggest tell that you might have some sulfur sneaking its way into your water supply.

It can be a pretty upsetting experience, which is why we wanted to give you all the information we could to help make it a little more bearable, as well as a clear-cut plan for how to get rid of it, and help make sure it doesn’t come up again.

Effects of Sulfur Bacteria in Water

The unmistakable odor of rotten eggs really has nothing at all to do with eggs, in this case – rather, the culprit is usually one or more variants of the chemical sulfur. The chemical typically creeps into your water at the source when the supply originates from groundwater resources; it’s also common among well-water users. Although sulfur content in water may not lead to serious health effects, its presence is extremely unpleasant to the senses.

Not only will sulfur bacteria lead to offensive odor and taste, it can lead to corrosion of your metal appliances and discoloration of your silverware and copper or brass utensils. You may also notice the negative effects on your laundry – greasy-feeling water and discolored clothing.

What You Can Do About It

Now that you know what’s causing the smelly, bad-tasting water, what is there to be done? These foul characteristics can remain even after the water treatment process and remain in the water once it reaches your home. By adding an in-home water filtration system like the Culligan Aquasential™ Smart High Efficiency Sulfur-Cleer® Water Filter, you’ll have better-smelling and better-tasting water throughout your home.

This Culligan filtration system is expertly designed to reduce odor by oxidizing the presence of hydrogen sulfide in your water, while the Sulfur-Cleer® cuts straight to the root of your problem, leaving you with fresher water and fewer odors.

To have your water tested for sulfur content, and to find the best solution to your rotten egg-smelling water, contact your local Culligan Water expert and schedule an appointment today.

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