Years ago, when I was an HVAC contractor, there were times when
I had to tell a customer that I couldn't fix their problem. It didn't
happen often, thank goodness! Now, the tables are turned. I've got
a problem I can't resolve.
My house has a small utility room. Its just large enough for the washer-
dryer, and a gas powered water heater and furnace.
For years no one in my family complained about "smelly water." Several
months ago we all began to notice the smell. The water heater was
old and rusty so I replaced it. I removed the cheap aluminum rod and
replaced it with a costly combo-alloy anode rode (aluminum, zinc, and
I've flushed the system several times with bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
The sulfide gas is controlled for a week or two and then it returns.
Adding a water softener is something I've always wanted to do, but
I would have to knock down walls to enlarge the utility room. I did
install a dual cartridge water filter system. A big mistake. The hard
water clogged the cartridges in weeks, not months.
When I was an HVAC contractor I would tell people to contact the
city water department if I couldn't resolve their sulfide problem.
All of us in the business knew that would accomplish nothing. What
are those guys suppose to do? Maybe they could rebuild the city
I have some crazy ideas about how I might resolve this problem.
If any of you can think of something I haven't tried, please let me