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Someone washes their hands with water that smells like sulfur. Someone washes their hands with water that smells like sulfur. Someone washes their hands with water that smells like sulfur. Someone washes their hands with water that smells like sulfur. Someone washes their hands with water that smells like sulfur. Someone washes their hands with water that smells like sulfur.

Why Does My Water Smell Like Sulfur?

Do you love the smell of rotten eggs?

That’s not really a question since the unanimous answer from all homeowners is a loud and definite, “No way!” However, we’ve had a few clients ask us why their water smells like sulfur over the years – and the reason why is somewhat surprising. Luckily, there is an easy fix for the nasty odor, and it’s something you can take care of yourself if you’re handy when it comes to basic water heater maintenance.

Drain the Water Heater

Hydrogen sulfide is naturally present in some water sources. That’s just a fact. You might notice a homeowner has water that smells like sulfur and prepares to drain his water heater.the smell only when you first turn the water on, or especially in one area of the home like the bathroom or shower. The first thing you should do is drain the water heater. Realistically, you should be doing this on an annual basis anyway, and draining the water heater will certainly do no harm. Some of our customers have told us that draining their water heater on a monthly basis (not all the way, but maybe 10 gallons each time) has helped to keep the water from smelling like sulfur.

Check the Magnesium Corrosion Control Rod

If draining your water heater didn’t help, then changing the magnesium corrosion control rod definitely will. It takes a bit more handiwork to replace, but it’s a surefire way to remove the rotten sulfur smell from your water. The actual cause of your smelly sulfur water is a reaction between bacteria present in the water with the magnesium and aluminum anode rod in your water heater, together creating hydrogen sulfide gas. You can replace your water heater’s magnesium anode rod with an aluminum/zinc anode rod for a permanent fix.

For Those with Softened Water

The trick of replacing the magnesium corrosion control rod won’t work if you have softened water. The science behind it is a little bit dry (essentially, softened water promotes the production of hydrogen sulfide gas, aka “the smelly stuff”), but luckily there’s an easy fix to this issue, too. A powered anode rod will solve the issue of your water smelling like sulfur if you have softened water in your water heater.

If you’ve suffered from water smelling like sulfur, try following the steps above to see if your smelly water issue is fixed. If you feel uncomfortable performing any of the above steps, call My Plumber CA for help.  We offer a full range of plumbing services including tankless water heater in El Cajon, garbage disposal repair in Santee, and more!

The Practical Guide to Indoor Water Conservation

California legislators have recently been in the news for passing a law that would make wasting water a $500-a-day offense. But California isn’t the only place in the country that water conservation is an issue. Water restrictions can be found across the majority of the Southwest and even as far east as Georgia! With that in mind, we created the Practical Guide to Conserving Water Indoors. While everything on this list won’t have the same impact, every little bit counts, – even reusing your ice cubes to water your houseplants! We’ve decided to divide our guide into easy, bite-sized sections that cover that major areas of the home. We’ll start in the number one area for water use in the house, the bathroom.

Bathroom

  • Check your current showerhead for flow rate. If the rate indicated on the head is more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), purchase a WaterSense labeled showerhead t replace it. If you are not sure how much water your shower uses, try to fill a one gallon bucket in the shower. If it takes less than 20 seconds, you will save water by changing it out.
  • Buy a shower timer or use an alarm to limit your showers to 5 minutes or less.  Every minute you shorten your shower will save you over 50 gallons of water per month. A family of 4 could save upwards of 200 gallons per month just by shaving one minute off daily showers.
  • Speaking of shaving, and other things you do at the bathroom sink like brushing your teeth, turn off the faucet while you aren’t using it. You could save 5 to 10 gallons every time you shave or brush even if you have a low flow faucet!
  • Yeah, Low flow faucets are a thing. A normal faucet can use up to 4 gallons of water per minute. Replacing it with a WaterSense labeled one can save up to 2.5 gallons a minute. Don’t want to shell out $100 on a new faucet, buy an aerator for each one at $10 each.
  • Speaking of shelling out cash, one place where you’d be well served by doing so is with your toilet. If your toilet was manufactured before 1992, you’re wasting water with every flush. Even those toilets aren’t the best. They use about 3.5 gallons of water per flush. New, low flow toilets only use 1.6 gallons. Dual flush models allow you to use a 1.1 gallon flush for liquid waste.
  • Toilets use the most water in the bathroom, and if yours leaks that can make it even worse. Check for a flapper leak with a dye test (food coloring is a good choice). Replacing the flapper on a leaky toilet could save 1000s of gallons every year.
  • Plug the drain when you start filling up your bathtub. Adjust the temperature while the tub fills to prevent losing water down the drain waiting for it to warm. Even better, don’t take a bath. Every bath uses 70+ gallons of water where a 5 minute show could use as little as 12.5 gallons.
  • Have your leaky faucets fixed. A single drip every minute adds up to 5 gallons every day. If you have multiple leaks across multiple faucets or showerheads, this could add up quickly.
  • If you’re waiting for the water to warm up in the shower, collect the cool water in a bucket and use it to water your plants. If you don’t have indoor plants, use the water on your outdoor plants.

 

Kitchen

  • If you are doing dishes by hand, fill up one basin with soapy water and the other for rinsing. This can save 100s of gallons over running water. Even better, use a dishwasher. Dishwashers use far less water than washing and rinsing by hand.
  • Instead of rinsing dishes over the garbage disposal and running water down, scrape them over the trash can. This goes for pots and pans as well.
  • Fill a pan with water to rinse your fruits and vegetables instead of using running water. You can save 10 or more gallons this way. Bonus water savings – use the water from the vegetable rinse to water your house plants.
  • Consider purchasing an instahot water heater in your kitchen. It will heat the water on demand and reduce the wasted water you use while waiting for hot water from the water heater to reach your tap.
  • Consider a drinking water pitcher for your refrigerator. This way you’ll always have a glass of cold water handy and you won’t have to run the tap to get it.

 

General Indoor Usage

  • Keep a close eye on your water bill. An unexpected increase could indicate a hidden leak somewhere in your home. Have your home inspected by a licensed plumber if you see this type of increase with no changes in your daily habits.
  • Look for leaks around the house at least once a month. Leaks can be found at indoor or outdoor faucets, pipe connections and along hose lines. Don’t forget to check behind the washing machine!
  • Only run your dishwasher or washing machine when they are full. If you are in the habit of running them daily, you could save over 1,000 gallons of water a month.
  • If you have a fish tank, when you clean it out, pour the water on your plants. The water contains nitrates that are perfect for the plant growth.
  • Set your water softener so that it runs the minimum number of times necessary for the water you use throughout the day. Most 4 person households can go two days between softener cycles.
  • Washing your dog? Do it outside in an area of the lawn needs watering. That way you aren’t wasting water down the drain.

 

Obviously there are some little things that you can do every day that will help you reduce the amount of water you are using or wasting. The real key is being conscious of what you are using your water for.

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Bottled Water vs. In Home Filtration

Let’s talk about that bottle water that you’re drinking. Is it really a good investment? Does it really taste better than what you could get at home? Here are some things that you might not know:

  • 40% of bottled waters are taken directly from a municipal water source. It’s basically tap water in a bottle.
  • 22% of all bottled water has a level of contamination that is above the state limit for California municipal water systems.

Ok, so the water you are drinking out of a bottle may not be as good as what you could get out of the tap. But sometimes it’s still more convenient to drink out of the bottle. But should you really be using those disposable water bottles or refilling your own instead?

  • 13% of water bottles are recycled. So 87% of all bottles end up in landfills.
  • 17 million barrels of oil are used to produce bottles for bottle water ever year. That’s conservatively enough to run 1 million cars for a year.

These are all impressive numbers, but they don’t really hit you where it counts. Here’s the one number that will.

A gallon of bottled water bought in individual 16.9 oz bottles costs around $10 gallon. Water out of your tap costs $0.0015 per gallon. Yes – those numbers are right.

If you don’t like the chlorine taste of municipal water, consider adding an in home filtration system. Even if you go with the top of the line model, your unit will pay for itself after about 200 gallons of water. Depending on how much bottled water you drink, that could happen in as little as a few months.

If you happen to live in an area where municipal water doesn’t flow, you can get a water softener system to remove minerals from your water and couple it with a filter to clear out the salt and leave you with crystal clear drinking water.

Call the My Plumber CA team to discuss your filtered water options today.

My Plumber Commits to Charity: Water

If you’ve got clean, fresh water coming from your tap, you can thank a plumber. My Plumber San Diego has long been committed to educating our customers on various aspects of water consumption: ways to conserve water, the importance of water filters, and ways to minimize our carbon footprint by bottling water at home (rather than always buying new, disposable water bottles). So when we learned about Charity: Water, we didn’t hesitate to make it the exclusive charity that we campaign for.

We all know that water, along with air and food, is one of the absolute necessities in life. Yet, there are a billion people in the world without access to clean drinking water and 30,000 of them die each week as a result. Easily preventable diseases like diarrhea and dysentery, actually kill more people every year than all forms of violence including war.

In Africa alone, 40 billion hours a year are spent simply walking to and from the nearest water source, leaving that much less time available for education or work. Lack of safe, convenient water and sanitation eventually turns into $28 billion in economic loss.

When Charity: Water builds a freshwater well for a village, the hours formerly spent transporting unsafe water are reduced to mere minutes, and the water is safe to drink. Hygiene workers teach the necessity of sanitation, and latrines and hand-washing stations are constructed. The Water Committee set up to oversee the project provides leadership opportunities for people formerly limited by the demands of menial labor.  A convenient water supply and the free time it generates can allow for more food to be grown for one’s family, with a possible surplus left over to sell at the market.  Children who grow up with the provided basic necessities have a better chance to achieve the education necessary to become teachers and business owners.

A $20 donation to Charity: Water can give one person access to clean water. My Plumber of San Diego is excited to campaign for such a worthy cause, and we plan on raising money through customer and partner donations.

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