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Water Odors | Plumber Arlington

Water Odors | Plumber Arlington

While most causes of water odors are harmless, the fact is few people want to drink smelly water. Your Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington can assist you in eliminating water odors. There a number of potential causes for smelly water, and the following are some of the most common.


Almost everyone is familiar with the bleach aroma of chlorine in the water. It may appear stronger at times, and this is typically due to excessive chlorination in public water sources. Chlorine is used by water treatment facilities for water disinfection and treatment. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington can provide the solution for chlorinated water with water filtration, eliminating not only the odor of chlorine, but also the chlorine itself for healthier, great tasting, and odor free water.

Earthy or Fishy Odors

Open reservoirs can contain naturally occurring, and harmless organic matter. Chloramines can also cause earthy odors. Chloramine is an agent that may be used in water treatment. An activated charcoal filter will remove these odors.

Barium is naturally a occurring metal that may cause a fishy odor. The EPA regulates acceptable levels in water. Methods for removal are Ion Exchange, Reverse Osmosis filtration, Lime Softening, and/or Electro dialysis.

Cadmium may also be naturally occurring, and can cause a fishy odor. However, it can also enter the water supply due to aging galvanized pipes, and/or fertilizer or industrial waste contamination of water. Methods for removal include Ion Exchange, Reverse Osmosis, Lime Softening, and Coagulation/Filtration.

A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington has the expertise to provide you with reverse osmosis filtration.

Sulfur Rotten Egg Odor

A variety of water quality issues can cause a sulfur rotten egg odor. Water containing sulfur can cause stain bathroom fixtures yellow or black, discolor beverages, and affect the taste of food and drinks. Sulfur contamination of water may be naturally occurring or artificially induced. Dissolved sulfur converts into the gas hydrogen sulfide, and imparts a rotten egg odor to the water. Treatment for a rotten egg odor depends on the cause, and a Ben Franklin plumber can take care of the problem for you.

Sulfur contamination can also originate from a water heater sacrificial rod, manufactured to prevent corrosion of the tank. Replacement of the rod will end smelly water when due to this cause. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington can provide the water heater repair in Arlington needed to replace the sacrificial rod.

A lack of oxygen in open water sources such as ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams can also cause sulfur type odors. Agricultural runoff can cause the condition.

In addition, water with high iron content can have a rotten egg odor. One condition that no homeowner wants is bacteria in the plumbing system, which may result in a rotten egg odor. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington can determine the source of bacteria and provide a solution.

Sewer Odor

A sewage odor may indicate contamination from a septic system in an underground water supply. This is an extreme health hazard due to the bacterial and viral contamination from sewage. Consult with a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing water quality specialist for water filtration installation, and use bottled water until safe water is provided.

Discolored Water

A sudden change in the color of water may indicate reasons for concern about water safety. Black or dark brown water can be due to pipe sediment or manganese. Open all faucets for several minutes and flush all toilets. If the water remains discolored, wait an hour and repeat. If water remains discolored, contact your municipal water authority.

Blue or green water: Corrosion of copper pipe can cause blue or green water, and staining of fixtures. Some metal pipe can pose a health hazard. Contact your plumber in Arlington if you suspect pipe corrosion. If your pipes are not metal, contact your water authority.

Brown, red, orange, or yellow water may be due to rusting galvanized, steel or cast iron pipe in the home or the water main. While distasteful in appearance, it’s not harmful to your health. However, rusting pipes can cause severe damage to your home, and its foundation when leaks occur. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington can provide repiping of your home.

Milky white or cloudy water is typically due to air bubbles related to the water authority providing repair or service on a water main. Fill a clear glass with water and set it aside. If the water starts to clear at the bottom of the glass first, the condition is due to trapped air. It is not a threat to your health.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing offers a wide range of professional plumbing services and strives to exceed your expectations. Contact us when you need a reliable plumber in Arlington. We provide water filtration systems and other solutions for your water quality issues, including water odors. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing serves Arlington, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.