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Old 09-20-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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Fix Egg Smell in Water


Just bought this house. The house has a "whole house" filter (looks like it's just for sediment, mounts right on the main plumbing line, has a replacement cartridge). All the water (hot and cold) smells of eggs. My water tests came back high in Iron and Manganese.

I have no idea how old the filter is on this system. Is it worth replacing, or should I get a water softener instead? (One of the bathrooms had some pretty good iron stains in the tub and sink).

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Old 09-20-2011, 12:50 PM   #2
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Fix Egg Smell in Water


The egg smell is hydrogen sulfide. Given that you also have iron and Manganese I recommend chlorine injection followed by a retention tank to give contact time followed by a backwashing Centaur Carbon filter to remove excess chlorine. If you also have high hardness this would be followed by a softener if you want soft water. If you follow this recommendation I also recommend you remove the "whole house" filter because they tend to clog and cause problems with backwashing filters and with a retention tank sediment will precipitate out and you can flush it away periodically with the precipitated iron, manganese, and hydrogen sulfide.

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