Iron smell in Water

The Tank Iron smell in Water

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    alanhariton
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    We have two small hot water heaters because of where they are placed. At first we had a Rotten Egg smell but that was quickly removed when we used the house more and the water was flowing more often.

    The problem now has been iron. The water has a very strong iron smell only when we use hot water. We also had our caretaker flush the hot water heaters with Bleach. I have also added a 1 micron filter prior to the water entering the water softener system. That filter has helped a little but the smell is still there. the bathroom downstairs closer to the main water source has a stronger iron smell during a shower than the one two floors up.

    any advise or help would be appreciated here. We are getting better results but i want the smell gone.

    #19364
    Larry Weingarten
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    Hello: A few random thoughts:
    1. Is there any iron in the system other than the tank; like a cast iron pump or steel pipe?
    2. Are you on a well? Could be iron bacteria from that source.
    3. Has the water been tested for iron and for iron bacteria?
    4. Try covering the shower drain as you shower for a few minutes and see if that has any effect on the odor.
    5. Are both showers supplied by the same heater? If so, the odor should be the same.

    Yours, Larry

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