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What You Should Know About Your Water Service Line

Indoor plumbing is a relatively new advancement in human history. Can you believe that it wasn’t until 1833 that the White House had plumbing installed?

What You Should Know About Your Water Service Line

Of course, our water and sewer systems are so common that we take this modern luxury for granted. It’s especially important for homeowners to understand the basics of plumbing so they can quickly identify issues when they arise. And what better place to start than how we get water to our homes in the first place? Today, we’re sharing the essential information about the water service line.

What is the water service line?

The water service line brings fresh, drinkable water into your home so it can be distributed by your plumbing system. This system can get confusing for homeowners because part of it is public and part of it is private (meaning, your responsibility). The divider is typically your property line, or where your yard meets the sidewalk.

Water main – The large, primary pipe that carries fresh water to all the households in your neighborhood. The water main …

3 Common Causes of Tap Water That Smells Like Rotten Eggs

Of all the foul odors you can come across in your home, one of the most concerning is the stench of rotten eggs. It’s a clear sign that it’s time to clean out your fridge or, in emergency situations, that you may have a gas leak. 

3 Common Causes of Tap Water That Smells Like Rotten Eggs

But what does it mean if your tap water smells like rotten eggs? Read on and we’ll explain.

What causes water to smell like eggs?

The odor that you’re noticing is typically hydrogen sulfide, which can be naturally occurring or produced by sulfur bacteria. While hydrogen sulfide is generally not dangerous in water, it can contribute to clogged plumbing and other bacteria growth. Plus, it’s very unpleasant to smell and taste, so it’s a good idea to find and fix the cause as soon as possible.

How to find the source of the smell

To locate where the hydrogen sulfide is coming from, ask the following questions.

Is the odor only coming from hot water? If no, then it’s likely that bacteria are growing in the water heater. The tank may …