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Posted: 9/5/2002 7:23:09 AM EDT
rotten eggs?? I can really smell it when I turn the water on in the shower and the sink. I noticed it elsewhere in the house yet. Whatever it is, it just started a few days ago? Any thoughts on what the problem could be, solution?
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 7:26:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2002 7:28:11 AM EDT by Hoplite]
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 7:26:41 AM EDT
when you turn the water on and it begins to go down the drain it reactivates all the nasty critters living in the drain.Ever open up a clogged drain? [puke]
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 7:28:32 AM EDT
Rotten egg smell means you have sulphur in your water. It's probably a by-product of the treatment facility The quickest and cheapest way to take care of it is to go to your local home store and get an in-line filter for your plumbing system. You can install it near where your main comes in. The filters should be replaced every 3 months or when the smell comes back. I don't know how often that may be depending on how bad it gets. You may consider getting some other kind of water treatment system, too.
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 7:32:37 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Hoplite: How does it taste?
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Tastes like crap, but it always has... Thanks guys, I was thinking it was probably sulfur, but wasn't for sure. I will check out those inline filters. Appriciate the help
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 7:43:16 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 7:44:40 AM EDT
My water softener greatly reduces Sulfer smell, but doesn't do much for the taste. It REALLY smells when I get home from vacation! It never fails... When my wife and I get home from being out of town, I'll ask her if she farted. "No honey. It was the water." Oh yeah. Duh.
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 7:48:54 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2002 7:50:17 AM EDT by eshell]
Another potential source of this smell is the "water heater anode", a metal rod placed in the water heater to reduce corrosion due to electrolysis. When they get near the end, they sometimes create a smell. Asking a local plumbing supply house may help clear it up for you. How old is your water heater? Does the cold water also carry the aroma?
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 7:51:10 AM EDT
Does it smell that way mainly when you run the hot water? You might want to check out wour water heater - clean it or replace it - then put in a filter.
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 8:05:25 AM EDT
eshell may have hit the nail on the head. If the anode is old it can cause bacteria growth which produced hydrogen sulfide, ie the rotten egg smell. If you need to replace the anode you also have to disinfect the heater with bleach. Also, if the water temp setting is below 140 degrees the bacteria may grow anyway, so I've had to increase my temp seting to keep my hot water from smelling.
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 8:12:27 AM EDT
I always liked the smell of sulphur.
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 8:13:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 8:31:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2002 8:32:53 AM EDT by BillofRights]
I once removed a giant hairball from the shower drain. It looked like a drowned rat, and smelled like one. The drain is suspect. Try draino, then bleach or other disinfectent.
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 10:05:31 AM EDT
Ok, tried the hot and cold water test. Hot water smells terrible---Cold water smells fine. I take it that the water heater anode is what is giving me problems? Are these replaceable?
Link Posted: 9/5/2002 11:30:11 AM EDT
That depends on your water heater. My old one didn't have a replacable anode but it can be replaced on the new one I installed last summer.
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