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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 …