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Old 08-13-2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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Rotten Egg Water?

I sanitized the tank after storage start up. Spent some time at son-in-laws and filled tank with his city water. They have no smell, and I had no smell. After several weeks, you could hardly stand the smell of this water...Really bad..We didnt use the water on the coach much at all so this particular fill is a couple months old. We went through some 100 degree plus weeks out here too...What happened to the water? I plan to sanitize again but am curious what others think.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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Some city well system chlorinate their slightly stinky well water and this will break down over time & high temps. This is probably what's happening here. Flush re-flush and treat your tank.
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If you have a Suburban water heater, the rotten egg smell may indicate an anode rod that is in need of replacement.

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Or, germs in the water. I have 'sulfur water' at home and have found its caused by iron eating bacteria living in the high iron ion content water we all seem to have around here.. You prolly need to do a flush and sanitize...
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Most likely (iron sulfite) .The higher the iron content of your water fill source be it city or well. Will cause a sulfur or rotten egg smell in time. Just need to flush system more often. Often the water heater can be the source of iron sulfite but in hot temps and long periods of standing water in holding tanks that can produce the smell as well. Flush the system and don't forget to include the water tank.
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thanks for the input folks...will be dropping the water and starting all over today..Rusty, this is a gas water heater. The odor is at all cold and hot taps.
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Rusty, this is a gas water heater. The odor is at all cold and hot taps.
Suburban water heaters are propane-fueled and often also use an electric heating element. Regardless of the heat source, they utilize a magnesium anode rod threaded into the side of the tank to prevent corrosion of the tank. When the anode rod is consumed, the water will take on a characteristic H2S "rotten egg" smell. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

This may not be your specific problem in this case, but if you have a Suburban water heater, you'd be wise to keep on top of this anode rod and be ready to change it out when it is spent.

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Never use any water that has been sitting in a fresh water tank over a week.
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The rotten egg smell I got one time was from the inside water filter under the kithen sink. was still allowing water to pass but man did it stink. replaced filter and all was well.
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One thing you may want to consider doing , as well as re-sanitizing everything, is, when you refill the tank, filter the water you're putting in the tank, and you may consider putting a few ounces of clorox in as well. It doesn't take much, so if you do this, be very careful.
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Or, germs in the water. I have 'sulfur water' at home and have found its caused by iron eating bacteria living in the high iron ion content water we all seem to have around here.. You prolly need to do a flush and sanitize...
That's correct. It's most likely coli-form bacteria that are multiplying. Sanitize and flush. It'll happen with most water if you leave it sitting for too long.
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Each to his own. We store our motorhome for the winter in FL for 3-4 months with water tank full. During that time we may use it for a few weekends or day trips. We use the water then, and use it when we travel during the spring until we park and refill the tank. We drink it, bathe in it, cook with it and the dog drinks it. We always fill with chlorinated water and never with water from a source with odors or obvious sediment. The water in our tank now is 7 weeks old. The campground we are at lost power last night (no water as they have wells). The tank water was just fine.
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I would also suggest you check what "RustyJC" was discussing. The only time I've had the rotten egg smell was from a bad anode rod in the water heater. This was many years ago in a Lance camper when there was no internet. It took me awhile to figure it out. Pull the relief valve on the water heater and see if the smell is more concentrated there.
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Appreciate all the tips..My water heater is an Atwood.nDont see anything that resembles an anode rod.
However, all of a sudden, the water is odorless... Huh? It just stopped smelling after running it through the bathroom and kitchen taps...The smell used to come from bothe cold and hot taps. Now, nothing...
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