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    I'm a first time home buyer, and recently purchased a house with a strong sulfur smell to the well water. I'm looking for advice and opinions on treatment. Called around to a couple water treatment guys, quotes range from 1700-5000$ for filter options. Any advice would be great!


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    Other than selling it ...... be glad you have water ...not much you can do about it thats cheap except drink water that ain't from your well.
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    This is the best, but not the cheapest way..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_osmosis.....

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    I have what they call oragnic iron in my water. It also causes a sulfur smell. I remove mine with a sediment filter before it is run through a simple water softner unit that uses iron removing water softner salt.
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    Look up chlorine shocking the well. A lot of times sulfur smell in water is a result of sulfur fixing bacteria. Dump a cup of bleach down the well, run all the taps in the house until you smell bleach. Start with the farthest from the well, like an outside hose spigot. then do the inside faucets. Let that sit for awhile then run all your water till the bleach smell goes away.

    I will add that I'm not familiar with your area and the ground water itself could be full of hydrogen sulfide. If the well was drilled into or through a pocket of buried decaying matter you'll have to get a filtration unit.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    http://www.water-research.net/shockwelldisinfection.htm

    Here is a method that's a little different than what I described.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    In SC Alaska, the sulfur is almost always in the ground water, and rarely just in the well and house pipes. The chlorine treatment is probably not worth pursuing, and definitely not until you get a water test.

    AKdoug's setup will quite possibly work for you. I bet his well/groundwater is very similar to mine.


    Get a water test done, many places will do them for free, then you will know what you're dealing with. You probably have very high iron levels.

    To adequately test for Hydrogen Sulfide you will need to get a sample jar ahead of time with a stabilizer in it because it will offgas fairly rapidly (hence the smell).

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    We have the organic iron caused sulfur smell also. Curiously, it comes and goes, or used to....lately it has been a constant thing. It is only really strong in the hot water. We run our drinking water thru a brita filter and when we heat the filtered water it does not smell.

    We have two whole house filters on the incoming well water and they are the 25 micron size sediment filters..

    I hate soft water, so I have resisted that treatment, to this point we live with the smell for showers, washing hands, etc. I like to tell my wife its like going to the hot springs, lol...

    But I will be checking out some of the links in this thread...thanks.

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    Over the last 7 months I've met with some water specialist on the H2S problem. For a kinetico system, it was going to be roughly 3600$ to install a twin carbon filter, pretty cool power-less system that recharges and swaps between towers. Also about 500$ every 5-6 years to replace the media inside the filter. Talked to another outfit that had an Ecowater brand single filter, about 5foot by 16" square, roughly the same price and frequency for media replacements. So far I haven't dished out the coin and have been living with the smell. We got used to it fast, but every once in awhile it gets me thinking about one of those filters. Brushing teeth, showering. Girlfriend says baths are pretty bad.


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    Tell her it's good for her. Folks pay big bucks to go to spas with sulfur hot springs
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    I don't know if this will work for you, but my water started giving off a strong chemical smell 2 years ago, and even though it comes and goes, i bought a British Big Berkey water filter system, compared to the prices you have been quoting it compares well. But only for drinking water...the smell is no problem for our drinking water anymore

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