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Calico Jack
04-27-2013, 13:44
Turn on the water and it has a terrible smell to it that stinks up the room. I know we have a lot of seasoned homeowners around her who should be able to give me some advice on how to resolve this problem.

Adjuster
04-27-2013, 13:45
Is it the rotten egg / sulphur smell?


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Calico Jack
04-27-2013, 13:53
I guess that's the best way to describe it.


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Hicksville Kid
04-27-2013, 13:58
City water or well water?

Calico Jack
04-27-2013, 14:08
Community water.


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HerrGlock
04-27-2013, 14:08
Have them come out and change out the water heater's rod that prevents corrosion to another metal.

Using the hot water will help with it, just let the tub faucet run to flush the water heater. Door closed and exhaust fan on. It should go away after a while. It'll come back when you leave for a few days, though, if you don't change out the water heater's rod.

(edit) Looked it up, the rod is called an anode:
http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Longevity/water-heater-anodes.html

Resqu2
04-27-2013, 14:14
Have them come out and change out the water heater's rod that prevents corrosion to another metal.

Using the hot water will help with it, just let the tub faucet run to flush the water heater. Door closed and exhaust fan on. It should go away after a while. It'll come back when you leave for a few days, though, if you don't change out the water heater's rod.

(edit) Looked it up, the rod is called an anode:
http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Longevity/water-heater-anodes.html

He mentioned new home construction so I'd guess it has a new water heater so the anode should be good.

Bushflyr
04-27-2013, 14:35
Assuming you have copper plumbing it's probably the leftover flux from soldering. It's water soluble and will wash out in a bit.

blackjack
04-27-2013, 14:47
Assuming you have copper plumbing it's probably the leftover flux from soldering. It's water soluble and will wash out in a bit.

That's so 1960s -- I can nearly guarantee it was done with Pex or a similar product. Copper plumbing is too expensive for two reasons: initial cost and the cost to replace it multiple times during construction after thieves strip the house.

HerrGlock
04-27-2013, 14:52
He mentioned new home construction so I'd guess it has a new water heater so the anode should be good.

Yeah, it'll be good but odds are really good it's Aluminum or Magnesium. Change it to one with Zinc in it.

Here, this works:
http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Troubleshooting/stinky-water-in-hot-water-heaters.html

DWARREN123
04-27-2013, 15:36
Others in area have the same problem? If so it's the water, if only you then check the incoming supply and all lines to find the problem.

HerrGlock
04-27-2013, 15:51
Wait a minute. Have you ever seen Dante's Peak?

slhfarm
04-27-2013, 17:22
Wait a minute. Have you ever seen Dante's Peak?

:rofl::rofl::rofl:


He'll be alright, just duck and cover.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ZFkmloarg

BORNGEARHEAD
04-27-2013, 18:43
Don't worry, it's just the smell of cancer from gas fracking.

Keoking
04-27-2013, 18:48
At a NYC hotel, a recent issue with the taste of the water turned out to be the decomposing body of a murder victim in a water tank on the roof of the hotel.
You may want to check your water heater for the body of a plumber or something.

ChallengerSRT
04-27-2013, 19:17
My brother in law's house had terrible smelling water too. It smelled like Hydrogen sulfide or swamp gas. A water softening system can get rid of it, which is what he had installed. The thing about that is, softened water sucks IMO. When you take a shower it takes about an hour just to get soap off. Here's one link but just google Hydrogen sufide for more.
http://wellowner.org/water-quality/hydrogen-sulfide/

HandyMan Hugh
04-28-2013, 00:35
If there are other people on the same system having the same problem, it may be a contaminated well. Have the water tested for Iron and Sulphur Bacteria. If those bacteria are present in the water supply, the water provider may have to treat the water, and/or shock the well to sterilize it.


Good Luck, keep us posted, please.

Goldendog Redux
04-28-2013, 01:45
At a NYC hotel, a recent issue with the taste of the water turned out to be the decomposing body of a murder victim in a water tank on the roof of the hotel.
You may want to check your water heater for the body of a plumber or something.

Ewww. Broth

Bushflyr
04-28-2013, 02:19
Ewww. Broth

No. Actually his name was Bob.

md2lgyk
04-28-2013, 05:09
My guess is that you just have bad water. All these suggestions about leftover flux, anode rod, and such seem pretty far fetched to me. I've done a lot of copper plumbing and have never had any such smell unless the water itself was bad. The water in my current house was very hard and had a sulfur smell. Mr. Culligan fixed it all.

Cybercowboy
04-28-2013, 06:27
Sounds like you should be in the market for a water conditioner.

Mr981
04-28-2013, 06:43
We're on a well and use both a water softener and small RO system that provides "purified" water to a tap in the kitchen for drinking water and cooking. Total cost IIRC was around $700-800 and water samples we sent out after the fact showed that the water of any pollutants or bacteria besides no odor.

LEO/Dad
04-28-2013, 07:49
I would get your water tested. Maybe your county Health Dept..

Calico Jack
04-28-2013, 15:30
Well today is day 2 of being in the new home. The smell is gone (for now at least) and I'm hoping it had something to do with the house sitting empty for over a year after construction.


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Huaco Kid
04-28-2013, 16:05
The developers are toasting with expensive whiskey right now, and laughing.

JBG30
04-28-2013, 17:58
Bought a new home that sat vacant for a few months, cpvc plumbing, and had the same issue. It is the sacrificial anode in the water heater and the smell will go away with use. If anybody in this thread thinks otherwise, their wrong!

Bushflyr
04-28-2013, 20:32
If anybody in this thread thinks otherwise, their wrong!

Oh, the irony. :upeyes:

JBG30
04-28-2013, 20:55
Oh, the irony. :upeyes:

THEY'RE, go fly into a bush Poindexter.:supergrin:

aaronmj
04-29-2013, 05:51
I just built a house last summer and have a 420' deep well drilled. I used all pex, all new well pump, pressure tank, water heater, etc. It was very sulfer smelling when I first started using the water. Everyday when I was over at the site building I would run the hose outside for 20-30 min. just to let the water run and clean out any left over debris in the well. We moved in about a month after the well was installed. And it was still sulfer smelling. After about 3 months of using the water, it is perfect, smell is gone, tastes great, I even get compliments from friends saying how good tasting my tap water is! So it may go away.... I was very concerned for a while because there was no way I was just going to put up with that smell, I hated it. So I was pricing all kinds of water softeners, and filters to remove it but it all worked out.

JackMac
04-29-2013, 19:38
change the anode rod to one made from magnesium. get it from a plumbing supply shop or online. You can do this job youself...or youtube how to change the anode in a water heater. If I can do it I know you can. OR...you can let the hot water run for a while and the odor will subside. Now, so you'll know, some folks pay good money for a soak in sulphur springs...something about the water is good for you....but I don't know for sure.

Calico Jack
04-30-2013, 04:47
Well it's a good thing my water smells good now. Woke up to a kitchen floor covered in it due to a leaking dishwasher. 4 days as a homeowner and I'm REALLY regretting this whole thing.


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fwm
04-30-2013, 10:20
Well it's a good thing my water smells good now. Woke up to a kitchen floor covered in it due to a leaking dishwasher. 4 days as a homeowner and I'm REALLY regretting this whole thing.


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Welcome to home ownership. The bright side is it is YOUR floor that is covered. not somebody else's that will throw you out in twenty years with nothing to show for it.

I bought mine 35 years ago for $10K and have now put in $100K in repairs and updates. Best money I ever spent.

Calico Jack
04-30-2013, 10:43
Welcome to home ownership. The bright side is it is YOUR floor that is covered. not somebody else's that will throw you out in twenty years with nothing to show for it.

I bought mine 35 years ago for $10K and have now put in $100K in repairs and updates. Best money I ever spent.

I hope I'm sitting here saying the same thing 30 years from now. Right now I'm just sick to my stomach.


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