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Old 12-29-2009, 01:36 AM   #1
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Smell from water lines


Just bought a 6 year old house. It has been empty for 9 months. It has copper plumbing. The water has a strong rotten egg smell. I have run the water for several hours and it still smells. What can i do? Thanks

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Old 12-29-2009, 06:29 AM   #2
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Is it both hot and cold or just hot that smells?? Are you on a well??

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Old 12-29-2009, 10:25 AM   #3
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It probably came that way from the reservoir or well.

Much of Florida including Disney World has water with a sulphur (rotten egg) smell.
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We have city water, the water on a outside tap line does not smell just the water on the inside. Both the hot and cold smell
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Not sure what to suggest, if an outside spigot does no have the problem, it obvioulsy is inside in the pipes. Water heaters sometimes have that problem due to the type of anode rod, but that would not affect the cold side. Where are you located??
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Rotten egg smell is usually associated with sulphur. Check with your water department, see if the public water supply has sulphur in it (occasionally it does). If the public water supply does not have a sulphur problem, you should start by getting your water tested by a chemical lab, have them check for sulphur, bacteria, and common metals. Once you know exactly what chemical is causing the problem, and you have determined the source (either the water supply or internal to the house), you can formulate a plan to treat it.

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