How to Get Rid of Smelly Faucet Water

Smelly faucet water can be a problem in many homes.
Smelly faucet water can be a problem in many homes. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you are noticing a foul odor coming from your faucet, you may have an issue with hard water, or your water supply may be contaminated. There are several ways that you can get rid of smelly faucet water and be more confident about the quality of the water you are drinking. If the smell is sudden and there is no logical explanation for it, you may need to contact your local water department to make sure there has been no contamination.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Water filter
  • Whole house filter

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Remove the trap on the faucet. Most sinks have faucets that unscrew at the ends. Inside of these ends is a fine mesh that is a trap for sediment. In many cases, this sediment is what causes water to smell or taste bad.

Soak the end of the faucet in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Place this solution in a bowl and let the trap soak overnight.

Rinse the mesh trap before replacing it inside the faucet. Use warm water and thoroughly rinse off any of the remaining vinegar solution. Screw the end of the faucet back in and run the water. If the water still smells or tastes bad, proceed to the next step.

Install either a whole house or a sink filter system. It is possible that your water may simply have an unpleasant odor or it may be contaminated with ground water runoff. Install a screw-on faucet filtration system or a whole house filter in your home. A whole house filter is typically installed at the water main and connects to the other pipes in the home.

Install a water softener system. In some cases, hard water can be the culprit behind a strong odor coming from the tap. This is due to the mixture of lime, calcium and rust sediment that can be found in hard water. The only way to remove hard water is to soften it with a water softener system. This system is placed at the water main inside your home and connects to the remainder of your pipes.


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