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I have a horrible rotten egg/sewer gas smell coming from our storage room in our basement after running the dishwasher. It is a pcv pipe with no visible leaking. We are not on a septic system and there is no odor coming from our laundry room in the basement. There is also no odor in the kitchen upstair The house is about 50 years old. The plumber I called yesterday came and said it was probably a broken cast iron pipe under the concrete (since there is no odor elsewhere)which is going to be very expensive job. He did not have a camera with him. Thoughts

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To be sure a camera inspection will show if there is a broken pipe before you start taking up floors .

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SOURCE: the hot water smells like rotten eggs., only the hot water

its the mag rod in water heater-if your not using alot of hot water,and water is sitting in heater it will smell like rotten eggs-u can remove mag rod from water heater.it is in top of heater-

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is it a new well.......it may go away after a while...its sulfer....sometimes when you drill well too deep you get sulpher water......

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SOURCE: I replaced the anode rod in my electric hot water heater but still get the rotten egg smell. Any suggestions? The heater is over 22 years old, 80 gallon.

Clean the tank with hydrogen peroxide as outlined in following link.
You may also need well company to shock-treat the well with clorox, or whatever procedure they recommend for local area.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html#H2O2

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What could be the problem causing the rotten egg smell in the water? We have changed the anode rod.shocked the well.no sulfur. We have kinetico softener. Use iron out salt. Water heater 2 yrs old.


Some water softeners you can increase the back wash time on the unit to clear out a smell or bad taste , rotten egg smell can be sulfur. You may need a well flush but seek a well company on that for there advice as its not cheap .

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Theres a thin metal pipe hanging from ceiling & hovers over a funnel top pvc pipe. There are drk green & brown dry splashes on the pvc pipe. Drain pipe has a strong mildew smell but idk what pipes for


Hi LaTrice:
Tankless water heaters are essentially little gas fired furnaces that heat water, not air. When natural gas burns, a by-product of the combustion is water vapour. Since the furnaces are very efficient, the exhaust gas temperatures are relatively low, and as they go out the duct, they drop even more and the water vapour present condenses and runs back down to a capture device so that it does not dribble all over your floor.
This drain pipe is supposed to go to your sewer (or building drain) and is also supposed to be protected by a TRAP that needs to have a minimal amount of water present to prevent sewer gases from coming back into the room. In hot dry weather, these traps can dry out as there is not as much condensation present.
It could be that when the unit was installed, it was connected by way of a trap that did not have a means of staying primed.
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Water smells like rotten eggs.


When the water heater smells bad, it is time for a new anode rod.
And then you flush the water heater with 2 bottles of hydrogen peroxide.

With water heaters that experience the problem frequently, you change your incoming cold water pipes so hydrogen peroxide can be added easily.

http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20047047,00.html
http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Longevity/water-heater-anodes.html
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/02/prweb3592714.htm

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How do you check the condition of the annode tube in a hot water heater?


You'll have to disconnect the water lines from the top to pull the rod up out from within the tank. If you don't have enough clearance above the tank, you'll have to drain the tank, remove the venting and tilt it or lay it down to remove it. The sacrificial rods usually go bad prematurely on well water systems with hard water and causes a sulfur stench in your water. Here's a quick test to try before you do this: Go to the nearest faucet to the water heater and fill a glass full of cold water and another glass full of hot water and smell them. If the hot water is the only glass that smells like rotten eggs, it's most likely coming from your water heater due to your anode rod. Douglas

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Just rented a home in the country the water smells like rotten eggs


Hydrogen Sulfide Gas can occur in wells, and gives the water a characteristic "rotten egg" taste or odor.

  • Install an activated carbon filter. This option is only effective for low hydrogen sulfide levels, The gas is trapped by the carbon filter is saturated.
  • Install an oxidizing filter, such as a "manganese greensand" filter. Manganese greensand filters are often used to treat iron problems in water. The device consists of manganese greensand media, which is sand coated with manganese dioxide. The hydrogen sulfide gas in the water is changed to tiny particles of sulfur as it passes through the filter. The filter must be periodically regenerated, using potassium permanganate, before the capacity of the greensand is exhausted.
  • Install an oxidation-filtration system. These systems utilize a chemical feed pump to inject an oxidizing chemical, such as chlorine, into the water supply line prior to a storage or mixing tank. When sufficient contact time is allowed, the oxidizing chemical changes the hydrogen sulfide to sulfur, which is then removed by a particulate filter, such as a manganese greensand filter.
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    The brown flakes are most likely rust from either the tank or associated metal piping. They could also be from the anode used in hot water tanks to combat electrolysis. Does the water have a Sulphur" or "rotten egg" smell to it? Are you on a well? There shouldn't be so much, as to plug up the valves. Turn off your heat source to the hot water tank. At the bottom of the tank is a faucet. Hook a garden hose to it, run it out side where the hose lays lower than the faucet if possible and flush the tank untill you have clear water again. You may want to do this a couple of times to be sure you get rid of any sediment in the tank. When you are done flushing, make sure you have the air out of the tank by opening a hot water faucet until it runs clear with no "spurts" of air. Shut the faucet off and turn the gas back on, light the pilot light and see if the problem persists. Also have your water tested. Sears does this for free -just take a sample in and they will tell you what the hardness is.

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