It’s hard to miss if water contains sulfur. Unlike its contaminant cousins, sulfur is not inherently dangerous, but its presence is impossible to ignore.
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Sulfur is naturally occurring in rocks and soil which can easily find its way into groundwater and private wells. It can derive from other sources as well, including landfills, leaky fuel tanks, old septic systems, chemical labs and other community hazards. Sulfur-reducing bacteria can even collect on water treatment equipment, thriving in the high temperatures of hot water heaters.
Sulfur is one of the easiest water issues to self-diagnose. Some of the hallmarks of sulfur contamination are a musty, swampy or rotten egg smell (that may be worse around heat sources) and a strong, unpleasant taste. Your plumbing and appliances can also take a hit, with sulfur producing iron bacteria, which, in turn, corrodes pipes and fixtures.
Those dealing with sulfuric water can benefit from using bottled water for cooking and drinking until a permanent solution can be put into place. Reverse osmosis and distillation methods work nicely for smaller volumes of water and ion exchange is typically used for larger quantities.
The presence of sulfur in your water may be obvious, but it may not be as obvious as to what type of contamination you’re dealing with. Chances are your water contains common, harmless sulfates, but it can also contain hydrogen sulfide, which originates from sewage pollution and is flammable and poisonous in large doses. Contact us today to find out which, and we will be happy to remedy either issue.