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Removing Sulfur from a Well Water System

Our house is currently on a well system. We have sulfur in our water, which gives it a rotten egg smell. At this time, we have a system from Eco Water that uses food-grade hydrogen peroxide to reduce the sulfur in the water. This system was in the house when we bought it 3 plus years ago. We are thinking of replacing this unit and was wondering if anyone has any input on other systems available for this and how they work. We are trying to get rid of the need for the hydrogen peroxide.

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Mary from Wilmington, IL

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 18, 20080 found this helpful

Are you sure you don't just need a new tank? When our tank was shot, our water smelled like sulfur too. It was due to water staying in the tank and not getting pumped out like it should. Before you invest in water treatments, maybe you should have your tank checked first.

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Anonymous
September 26, 20170 found this helpful

What do you mean by the "tank"? I am a widow and my late husband took care of our home. The sulfur problem was non existing until a couple of months ago. I do have a Culligan system that uses salt. Our plumber had sold us a charcoal treating device. The water is also dark sometimes and turns some things black, like the guest bathroom commode. The beautiful fountain rock has turned from pink and white to black. It is horrendous! And the smell is awful! Can anyone give advice or suggestions?

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 18, 20081 found this helpful

I had the same problem when I built a new home on new land, You need a carbon filter system. They are not cheap but work perfect and last a long time. I know you live in a different state, but if you call Talley Water Treatment in Greensboro, NC he will tell you all you need to know. This is very rare in our state and he was the only person that cured our problem and was honest. He also has a website. www.talleywater.com. This will solve your problem.

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July 26, 20170 found this helpful

We have a 9 year old home with private well, a compression tank and water heater. The COLD and HOT water stink first appeared 2 summers ago and my husband treated it at the well head with chlorine. We do not want to use that harsh method again, instead choosing food grade hydrogen peroxide if needed. This summer the smell reappeared so we went to the well head and smelled the water there first. NO SMELL THERE. That leaves us with a problem somewhere else. Has anyone out there had BOTH their COLD and HOT water smell coming out of all the spigots inside the home? Many thanks!

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August 9, 20170 found this helpful

Sulfur smell and water is not rare and North Carolina. Almost everyone I know that has a well has the rotten egg smell

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September 10, 20170 found this helpful

The only place I have a Sulphur smell in my water is when I don't use a filter in my Samsung refrigerator. I don't like having to use a filter and the fridge works fine without a filter, however the water in the door (and the ice, of course) stinks like Sulphur. I think it is because the water sets in a closed tank and is not ever completely emptied. The taste and smell of both hot and cold water out of the faucet is good (no bad smell or taste at all). I think that is because I use enough water out of the faucet that water isn't setting in either the pressure tank or the hot water tank. But since the most I might use in a day in the (approximately) 5 gal holding tank of the fridge is maybe a gallon, there is not enough replacement of water to dilute the old water. As you can tell, I'm no scientist, but would love to find an inexpensive way to filter out the Sulphur and not have to use these $50 Samsung filters. I love the taste of my well water straight out of the tap and the filtered water tastes like bottled, tasteless water, but like the convenience of an icemaker and cold water is nice.

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July 18, 20080 found this helpful

We did ours on the cheep, by using undersink sized units about 15" long, and we put three of those in a row. The filter is changed every week in the first one, every month or so in the second one, and whenever for the third one. We still like a Brita pitcher for drinking water, but we never smell that sulfur any more when running tap water. The filters were cheapest, and that was the deciding factor.

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July 26, 20170 found this helpful

The only safe drinking water filter in a pitcher form is Seychelle which filters (5) 9's (999.99)% inorganics, bacterias, etc. Britas are worthless and I am only saying this out of concern for you.

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July 20, 20080 found this helpful

Sulfur can get into your water from a variety of sources. It also occurs in a wide range of concentrations.

Carbon can only remove it in low concentrations and is completely worthless if it is coming from sulfur bacteria.

Most likely the original installation was done by knowledgeable professionals that know and understand your local needs for removing sulfur. I would continue using the current system if it is doing the job. Hydrogen peroxide is a good, safe method of doing the job.

Kirt
Certified Water Specialist IV

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July 21, 20080 found this helpful

We moved into our house two years ago and every house in our neighborhood has strong sulphur smell in the water. It absolutely made me sick. We had to dig a new well and after a couple months, that well turned up with sulphur smell too so it is in the water source. Neighbors of mine use carbon filters bought at the warehouse stores but the smell is so strong that they have to be changed often and leads to more expense. I was so intolerant of the smell that we invested in an expensive mixing system from Culligan that uses bleach to kill the sulphur then filters through carbon to remove the bleach. It was a Godsend. If you are using something that works, stick with it. Cheaper filters will cost you in the long run if you have to change them more frequently. Good luck!

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 21, 20080 found this helpful

Hi,
We have a well that has a high iron content which creates a hydrogen sulfide "rotton egg smell" There isnt much we can do about it besides shock chlorinating the well. Now we are dropping concentrated swimming pool chlorine tablets in the well on a regular basis and home testing the chlorine levels. Wish there was a better solution

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 25, 20080 found this helpful

When we were running our four-house chicken farm, the best and cheapest method we found was peroxide. It kills WAY more bacteria, etc. than other water systems. If I were you, I'd try to make it work.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 23, 20080 found this helpful

I had an sickening level of sulfur in our new home well. I had a Hydrogen peroxide system and carbon filter installed with a seperate reverse osmosis system for drinking water. Expensive (around $2400 plus H2O2 refils every six months ($124) but it works awesome. It does effect the water if you are a Homebrewer though, trying to figure that one out.

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July 25, 20130 found this helpful

I purchased a new water heater. The kind with the heat pump. Expensive but supposed to save on electricity in the long run. I never had the smell until I had the new water heater installed. Perhaps it was a coincidence but that is when it started and it is just the hot water?

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Anonymous
September 9, 20170 found this helpful

Had the exact same problem after installation of a new hot water heater. Bought a spin-down filter (cleanwater.com) and, since I'm not handy, had a plumber install it onto my water pipe going to the heater. I detach the filter and change the peroxide about 3 times a year (about 2 oz of hydrogen peroxide (just the drugstore kind) . Counting the plumber, installation (5 mins) cost me $125, the spindown filter about $90, and that's it. The peroxide costs less than $2a bottle, and I get maybe 10 uses out of it. No problem any more.

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September 9, 20170 found this helpful

Had the exact same problem after installation of a new hot water heater. Bought a spin-down filter (cleanwater.com) and, since I'm not handy, had a plumber install it onto my water pipe going to the heater. I detach the filter and change the peroxide about 3 times a year (about 2 oz of hydrogen peroxide (just the drugstore kind) . Counting the plumber, installation (5 mins) cost me $125, the spindown filter about $90, and that's it. The peroxide costs less than $2a bottle, and I get maybe 10 uses out of it. No problem any more.

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