Rotten Egg Smell in the House Questions & ANSWERS!

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Rotten egg smell in the house or outside isn’t welcome anywhere, especially in your water. We’ve got answers to all of your hydrogen sulfide questions and how to get rid of rotten egg smell in house.

Rotten Egg Smell in the House Questions & What to do!

  • Why does my Water Smell like Rotten Eggs? How do I get rid of it?

The main cause of rotten egg smell in a private well water is typically hydrogen sulfide. It’s a smelly, colorless gas.

Getting rid of Sulphur smell from your water depends on the root cause of this problem. So, which of the following symptoms applies to you?

My Hot Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs:

Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless gas that stinks like rotten eggs. This is the number one cause of water related problems in private wells.

To correct this issue, you will need to find the root cause of the gas. Here are some solutions:

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Take out the rod and see if that gets rid of the smell. If it does, note that this can shorten the water heater tank lifespan.

Alternatively, you want to use a zinc or aluminum rod to fix the problem. These are more expensive but are typically worth it.

Culligan can also add FDA-approved corrosion inhibitors to your water. This allows you to safely remove the anode rod without losing corrosion protection.

If all fails, the n your last resort would be getting a dealkalizer system to remove sulfate from your water.

My Cold-Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs:

Sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) can cause cold water to stink like rotten eggs. The bacteria lives well in poorly aerated plumbing and corrode metal parts.

Naturally occurring sulfates are common fuel source to these bacteria.

You’ll smell SRB if your water hasn’t run for some hours. Like in the morning, when you first get a glass of water.

Culligan’s chlorine feed system and Shock-chlorination system are highly effective. They can kill and prevent sulfate-reducing bacteria from forming.

My Hot and Cold Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs:

If both your cold and hot water smell like rotten eggs then the likely cause would be naturally occruing hydrogen sulfide.

If bacteria isn’t the cause of the smell, then the other culprit would be natural hydrogen sulfide. To solve this, remove the gas. Try out Culligan water treatments.

Culligan water solutions includes a Softener Cleer Plus or Sulfur Cleer system.

Carbon filtration and Chemical feeds too are alternative solutions but you will need your local plumber or Culligan Man to visit and insepect first.

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They’re trained and equipped to test your water for contaminants and offer the perfect solution.

Chemical feeds and carbon filtration can help. But choosing the right treatment will require a visit from your local Culligan Man. He’s trained and equipped to test your water for contaminants and offer the perfect solution.

Rotten Egg Smell in House After Rain, Why?

Easy! Rain causes changes to the atmospheres pressure level, making the air heavier than usual. This them forces the methane gases in septic tanks to not flow through the vent as they generally would. They lay low to the ground, and expel a foul odor similar to rotten eggs/Sulphur.

Rotten Egg Smell in Electrical Plate

Burnt plastic behind your outlet plate can smell like rotten eggs. That is a clear sign that there is a dangerous arcing situation happening within the inside of your outlet that could cause a home fire.

Rotten Egg Smell In Bathroom

A toilet or drain can cause the rotten smell you perceive in your bathroom. You should call in a plumber and eliminate the source as soon as the smell begins.

Rotten Egg Smell In House Spiritual Meaning

If you perceive rotten egg in your dream or in your house, that could mean

  • Ill-Fated,
  • Sorrowful, and
  • Depressed

Or it could mean nothing. Just your mind playing games on ya.

Why does My House Smell Like Sewer At Night?

It could be one of the following reasons:

  • Sewer gas escaping from the drainage system
  • A dried-out water barrier in the sewer trap, which is usually caused by a lack of use.
  • Cracked pipes
  • Clogged drains
  • Loose toilets

rotten egg smell in house

Are there other causes for Water that Smells like Rotten Eggs?

Yes, there are other causes.

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Causes like Iron bacteria; those harmless red, slimy substance in your toilets, sinks, and shower. These bacteria are harmless, other than the tastes, odors, and stains they leave behind.

Have a test carried out by a licensed Culligan man. If the test comes out positive, they’ll provide you a solution.

Is Sulfur Water bad for You?

Sulfur in small amounts in safe. But, in large quantities, can cause dehydration and diarrhea to infants and some people.

You’d be surprised that most foods you eat already have sulfur.

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What Other Effects Can Sulfur Have?

High concentrations of sulfur will leave stains on your sinks, toilets, and fixtures.

It will also tarnish the copper and silver housewares in your home.

Sulfur bacteria can also create an environment where other bacteria can grow. And this can cause further issues, such as corrosion and staining.

Sulfur is not harmful, as other well water contaminants out there.

How To Get Rid Of Rotten Egg Smell In House

  • Mix 3% peroxide with 40 gallons of water
  • Pour this solution into your water heater
  • Let it sit in there for 6+ hours.

The bleach chlorinates the water lines and the water heater to get rid of the rotten egg smell. It targets the bacteria buildup in the water heater.


Every homeowner should test their water every year, if not more foten.

Common well contaminants include nitrates, arsenic, radium, and lead. All of these are more dangerous than sulfur. A water test will reveal all of these contaminents.  But all are easily reduced with a Culligan reverse osmosis system.

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

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