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New Construction Home Water Smells Awful

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Calico Jack, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Calico Jack

    Calico Jack NO QUARTER

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    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.
     
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    Is it the rotten egg / sulphur smell?


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    City water or well water?
     
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  6. HerrGlock

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    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
     
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    He mentioned new home construction so I'd guess it has a new water heater so the anode should be good.
     
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    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

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    Assuming you have copper plumbing it's probably the leftover flux from soldering. It's water soluble and will wash out in a bit.
     
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    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.
     
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    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy Silver Member

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    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.
     
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    Wait a minute. Have you ever seen Dante's Peak?
     
  13. slhfarm

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:


    He'll be alright, just duck and cover.
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    Don't worry, it's just the smell of cancer from gas fracking.
     
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    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.
     
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    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/
     
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    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.
     
  18. Goldendog Redux

    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

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    Ewww. Broth
     
  19. Bushflyr

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    No. Actually his name was Bob.
     
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    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.