Smelly Water is one of the most common complaints about well usage in Port Charlotte, North Port, Charlotte County and southwest Florida. Most often the ‘rotten egg’ smell is the issue residents complain about. This odor is the result of Hydrogen Sulfide (sulfur) gas which is released when the water comes in contact with the air.
Sulfur gas is more than just an odor problem; it is also very corrosive and destructive to the vital materials in your home. Hydrogen Sulfide (sulfur) attacks the copper coils in air conditioning systems, copper wiring, and the copper in your hot water tank. It will even effect your precious silver. Hydrogen Sulfide reacts chemically to disintegrate copper or silver over time.
This sulfur can and should be removed from your well water before it enters your home by exposing the water to air to release or “oxidize” the gas molecules. Every water treatment company claims to have “the best” method of sulfur removal and many have their merits. We believe that the best, most effective way to remove or oxidize hydrogen sulfide is to inject Ozone into the water. The reason we like to use Ozone is there is no potentially harmful chemicals being added to your water and it is 1.5 times stronger than any other oxidant. When Ozone is mixed into the water bacteria is eliminated upon contact, hydrogen sulfide is oxidized, Iron is oxidized, and the Ozone dissipates and turns into oxygen.
What is Ozone in Relation to Water Purification?
Ozone – or O3 – is Mother Nature’s purifier and disinfectant. The 3 stands for the three oxygen atoms that compose Ozone. The normal Oxygen we breathe is called O2, and is made up of only two chemically linked Oxygen atoms.
You may have noticed that a sudden summer storm leaves behind a very distinct smell, sort of a “fresh scent” which lasts for about an hour. In this case, you smell Ozone, which has been created from lighting bolts during the electrical storm. Ozone is also created by the Sun’s ultra violet rays.
How Does Ozone Kill Germs and Bacteria to Purify Water? As mentioned above, Ozone is made up of three Oxygen atoms. One of these has a weak hold on the others, and is more than willing to transfer electrons with other organic substances, such as bacteria, and viruses. This single Oxygen atoms binds with the other substance, causing it to oxidize (turn into something else. Rust is an example of Iron oxidizing into Iron Oxide). The byproduct of Oxidation in this case is simply O – a single Oxygen atom.
How Do Ozonation Water Purifiers Make Ozone?
Ozone water purification systems create Ozone with something called an Ozone generator which creates O3 in much the same way as the sun does. Inside ozone generator’s chamber is a high intensity Ultraviolet (UV) light. Compressed air is forced into the generator’s chamber, which then converts some of the oxygen in the air into Ozone. This process is part of the reason why the layer of Ozone in the Earth’s upper atmosphere protects us from most of the harmful UV rays emanating from our Sun.
The Ozone that has now been created inside the Ozone generator is then sent through a line into a injector, which creates ozone-saturated bubbles. Water is drawn in to mix with the bubbles, and then fed into the water purification tank. The weak Oxygen molecule in the Ozone attaches to other organic molecules in the water and oxidizing them. In effect – the Ozone “eats’ ’em up” and Viola! Clean, fresh, purified water.
An aerator works well as long as there is no bacteria present, it needs to be kept clean and in good working order in order to effectively do its job and some times it needs an extra step like adding chlorine to kill bacteria and a carbon tank to remove any residuals.
There are also air injected sulfur media tanks and they work great again if there is no bacteria and low concentration of hydrogen sulfide.
So there are a lot of options for all the different types of water conditions, now all you need is to know is which option is best for your situation.
If you have a sulfur smell in your well water, call us. We will come out and service your well water and offer our best most affordable solutions to your Port Charlotte, North Port, Englewood, Charlotte or Sarasota county home.