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Old 01-14-2014, 09:35 AM   #1
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Foul water

I have been winter fulltiming in Southern Texas for 2 years and am hooked up to city water. Every morning the bathroom sink hot water has a foul odor. The hot in the kitchen smells fine and the cold seems good. Once we give it a good flushing, it seems to be good for the day. Any ideas?

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May want to sanitize your water system including the hot water heater.
If you have a anode rod in a Suburban WH when it dissolves will collect in bottom of tank and jell and smell.
When you flush the tank use a water wand to get stuff on bottom of tank out than sanitize the water system.
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Originally Posted by 007";1883819]May want to sanitize your water system including the hot water heater.
If you have a anode rod in a Suburban WH when it dissolves will collect in bottom of tank and jell and smell.
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Excellent advice!
I've only had a "water odor problem" once in the 12 years I've owned my coach, (probably because I flush my tank with a wand and inspect and/or replace the anode rod once a year).
Sanitizing the fresh water system with a bleach solution eliminated that odor problem.
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The odor you smell is hydrogen sulfide. It is a product of bacteria that prospers in the hot water tank. The cure is to sanitize the tank with a strong bleach solution and again sanitize the entire water system with a lesser strength mixture. Remove the hot water tank drain plug and let the water drain out. Make sure you turn off the electric and propane heating systems for the hot water tank before you drain it. I assembled a device that screws into the drain hole of the hot water tank and the other end is the female connection for a standard garden hose. All the parts for this are available at Home Depot. Once the device is in place, but not yet attached to a hose, pour 1oz of bleach per gallon of water heater capacity into the hose end, then connect the hose to the device. Open the pressure relief valve and start back filling the tank through the device. The bleach that you pre-charged the hose with will then enter the tank with the water. Stop the water as soon as the tank overflows out of the pressure relief valve and let the bleach water mixture sit in the tank for 2-3 hours. Once that's done, drain the tank and refill and drain again with just water. Then close the relief valve, reinstall the drain plug and refill the tank. That should cure your foul odor issues. The entire water system is sanitized by filling your onboard water tank with a mixture of 1/4 cup of bleach mixed with 1 gallon of water and that solution is mixed with each 15 gallons of tank capacity. Then pump that mixture throughout your water system, but after the hot water tank has been treated with the higher concentration. The hot water tank will need that higher concentration to kill off the bacteria that typically propagates in the sediment/debris at the bottom of the tank. Make a habit of cleaning the tank with a wand as stated by a previous poster. The tank wands are available at any RV place for $5-$6.
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If it smells bad only in the bathroom it doesn't sound like the water heater is the issue.
Could it be the air admittance valve under the sink with a flapper that is not closing properly?
It is usually pretty easy to unscrew and inspect/replace them.
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If it smells bad only in the bathroom it doesn't sound like the water heater is the issue.
Could it be the air admittance valve under the sink with a flapper that is not closing properly?
It is usually pretty easy to unscrew and inspect/replace them.
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Good point !

Another thing to check is the batteries.
Lead acid batteries emit a similar "rotten egg odor" when they are charging.

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My owner's literature says to put a white vinegar/water mixture in the water heater (four gallons vinegar, two gallons water), leave it in there and run it through about 6 heating/cooling cycles, then drain and flush. I believe it would take at least 6 days for this operation, as the water doesn't cool quickly while just sitting in the heater.
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I bypassed the water heater and ran some mild bleach solution through the hot water lines to the bathroom sink and allowed it to sit in lines for a few hours. Flushed it out and seams to have corrected the problem.
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