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If the smell appears only when using hot water, then it is your anode causing the smell. Replace it with the non-smelly type. (I can't remember which maetal is the non-smelly one but your plumbing supply should know. If you have well watwer and the smell is present in both hot and cold water, then you have sulurous water. It won't hurt you but it does stink.If its a well, dump 2 gallons of chlorine bleach down the well head, let stand for 24 hours and then flush for 24 hours. You can also purchase a venturi and a conditioning tank. The venturi introduces air into the water entering the tank and an auto vent vents it out with the smell.Where ever the tank is will stink of sulfur, but your water will be good. You can also buy a tank and fill it with activated carbon. Expensive but effective.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This is likely "sewer gas" and can cause headaches, dizziness, etc. if you remain exposed to it for a prolonged period of time. This originates mostly in the drain openings of fixtures that are seldom used - such as sinks and showers of basements, guest rooms, etc.
When these fixtures do not get used regularly, the relatively small amount of water that is designed to always be present in the "trap" portion of the drain pipe eventually evaporates. This trapped water prevents the the gasses in the sewer / septic system from passing through the trap. Without it, these gasses will rise through the pipes connected to the sewer / septic system and exit into your living space via the drain opening in the floor drain, shower, tub, sink and even toilet if left unused long enough.
It is usually resolved very easily by slowly pouring about a 1/2 gallon of water down the drain. The water now isolates the drain opening from the sewer / septic system and effectively stops odors from escaping. If you find that this is happening regularly (often from floor drains in dry basements) you should slowly pour water 1/2 gallon of water into the drain, and then add 2 to 3 ounces of cooking oil. The oil is lighter than water and will sit on top of the water surface. Oil does not evaporate and blocks the water from evaporating through it. Evaporation of the water in the trap will take place from the sewer / septic side of the trap, but it occurs at a much slower rate.
After filling the traps with water or water & oil, just ventilate and you're done!
Posted on Apr 05, 2014
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