You probably know if you have a problem with sulfur in your water, it can make your water smell and taste awful. Sulfur comes from decaying organic material and one of the more common well water contaminants. Sulfur gas is also very corrosive and is released from the water which leads to damage of jewelry, HVAC components, copper plumbing and electronic devices. This damage comes over time, but in some instances faster than others.
When it travels through water it sometimes stays for a long time in places that lead to more issues. It accumulates in dishwashers, wells, water pumps, washing machines, and dishwashers which then leads to clogs and can cause damage and costly repairs.
Sulfur is part of a group of elements that are called chalcogens or “ore-forming.” It is the most prominent corrosive element that can cause creep corrosion in appliances. This means coffee makers, ice makers, dishwashers, washers and garbage disposals, to name a few, need to be repaired and replaced more frequently and cost you more money over time. Tests have been done and it has been found that electronics that are in a high sulfur environment fail much quicker, sometimes within 2-4 months than those that are not in this environment.
Water heater rods
Water heaters usually have metal “anode” rods to avoid tank corrosion. The anodes are usually made of magnesium metal. Sometimes well water and these rods react poorly to each other and create the terrible odor we are familiar with and is the result of the This can be the ideal environment for the sulfur to convert to a hydrogen sulfide gas. It can produce hydrogen sulfide two ways, by creating a warm place for the sulfur bacteria to live and grow and by continuing the reaction between the sulfate in the water and the heater anode. You can replace the rods with an aluminum anode rod with an aluminum/zinc alloy anode but before delving into something that will fix just one issue with your water, you can add a water conditioner just before the water heater can take care of the sulfur issue before the water reaches these rods. A water conditioner will help with the sulfur as well as other contaminants that may be in your water.
If hydrogen sulfide gas is present in the water it can affect not just the appliances it comes in contact with, but also other electronics in the home. Not to say that your TV or laptop will burn out in 2 months because of your water, but something to consider is that over time the effect will eventually show up in the rest of your home.
Not only will sulfur discolor your laundry and the deposits damage your pipes, but it will cause your washer to operate inefficiently and break down more frequently, bringing costly repairs or replacement.
If you smell rotten eggs, your water is discolored or you realize your appliances are wearing out faster than normal, you may want to have a free water analysis performed on the water in your home. After the free analysis, a water expert will be happy to work with you to find the best system for your home and your budget.