There’s nothing worse than turning on the faucet and being met with a terrible smell. We’re going to look at why your water smells, how to know what’s causing it, and what you can do about it!

Why does my water smell?

If you have smelly water, it’s contaminated with something that should not be there. While it may be a slight rotten egg odor when you first turn the faucet on — to smelling like a swimming pool — your family certainly doesn’t want to deal with that frustration or potential contamination.

Clean water does not have a scent, and we want to get you to that point! The chemicals that are tainting your water can be removed, and you can go back to having clean drinking water.

If your water smells bad, you most likely will have —

  • Rotten egg odors
  • Swimming pool or chlorinated odors
  • Earthy or fish-like odors
  • Metallic odors

What do I do if my water smells like rotten eggs or sulphur?

This is one of the more common issues found in New Hampshire water. If you use a private well, often naturally occurring decaying matter will pass into your groundwater. Whether it’s Iron, tannins, or Manganese, you won’t suffer physical ailments, but you will not find it pleasant for drinking and cleaning with.

To fix this, you could use a Reverse Osmosis System for your drinking water — but a Whole-home Water Filtration System would get rid of the smells throughout your entire house.

How can I fix swimming pool or chlorinated odors?

Water system plants commonly use Chlorine to wash or disinfect the city water supply. When you ingest or absorb this chemical (a kind of trihalomethanes or THMs) in high quantities, it can begin to impact your health. Long-term exposure to THMs has been linked with congenital disabilities, liver problems, some cancers, and weakened immune systems.

You should not continue to drink water that smells like Chlorine. Contact your water supply company if you are on city water to let them know about the problem. A Whole-home Water Filtration system would get rid of the chemicals that are contaminating your water.

How do I get rid of fish-like odors?

Fish-like odors come from water that has high algae levels. While not all algae is harmful, it can give off a toxin called Microcystin, which can cause stomach issues and dizziness.

The only solution is to filter it at the source, as it enters your home. This can be done by a Reverse Osmosis System or a Whole-home Water Filtration System.

How can I get rid of metallic odors?

If you’ve had corrosive groundwater traveling through your plumbing system, you may not have known that it’s been eating away at your pipes and bringing unhealthy chemicals like Copper and Lead into your home. These chemicals can cause dangerous health concerns and you should immediately take action to get the water analyzed and the problem repaired.

Often, to truly purify your water, you can use a Whole-home Water Filtration System to clean the water, along with a water softener, to be sure you’re at the right acidity, preventing further leeching or damage.

How can I remove bad odors from my well water?

The team at NH Tap is a group of professional water specialists who enjoy providing the best solutions for NH resident water needs.

To get unscented water again, we can help you run a well water test to determine what is causing the smell. Our team can give you some basic understanding of your water, but testing will give you the actual levels — and help you decide what kind of treatment your home needs.

Once you have the proper filtration units in place, your well water or city water will be completely clean. And after removing all odors from your home’s water, you will resume having a better quality of life with the purest NH water!

Contact the NH Tap team for your New Hampshire water testing and water filtration system needs!