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Old 09-05-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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Water System Foul Smell

This same problem happened sometime back also, but this weekend, while drawing initial water from the newly topped off water tank, through hot water and cold water, we had a very strong sulphur smell that eventually abated after use for a day or so. We don't drink tank water, but shower, dishwater etc.
I drain tank at end of season, add antifreeze to lines, in spring I remove antifreeze, add water with minor chlorine, about 10 gallons with maybe a cup of chlorine, drive around and then run through lines, and again drain tank before filling to use for the season. At this time, I open the valve for the hot water tank, so that gets fresh water to.
We used the unit for a long weekend mid summer, and all I did for this weekend was add to the water tank. First use of the water was horrible with acrid sulphur smell. If we let water run, it would go away. After setting unused for several hours the smell would return. It finally went away by about the 2nd set of showers on the second day of use.
What am I doing wrong here? (Been an RV user since 93!)

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With the hot weather this summer it doesn't take long to get a smelly water system.
You need more bleach and more water in system and let it stand longer.
Here is a link to explain.
Make sure you fill hot water tank also.
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Minerals reacting with the water heater anode rod produce sulfide, rotten egg smell.
Leave the water heater drained when not in use. Had to drain mine between trips this summer. Maybe it is because it was hotter than normal.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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Thanks, I did seem to find the same results when I searched again for answers. I did not drain my HW tank this summer, although it doesn't have the anode rod, I am pretty sure the water was comprimised. I will drain the entire system this week, and redo all spring prep just to make sure.

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