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Old 08-09-2014, 07:13 PM   #1
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Smelly water issue

In March I de-winterized my 76 tradewind for MY first time. Prior to that it was sitting in the POs driveway for at least 2.5 years with the pink af in the lines. I flushed everything and then bleached everything and it seemed fine. Because of personal issues I have not used the water lines since then until today. At first I noticed a rotten egg smell in the trailer. I figured it was the water from not being used. So I hooked up city water to flush the lines. The hose water before the inlet does not smell, but once it comes out my faucets, ew! It sort of smells like the pink af mixed with rotten eggs and latex paint. It's an odd smell for sure. I flushed it for a LONG time but it never got any better. Any idea what's going on?

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Old 08-09-2014, 07:33 PM   #2
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Did you drain the water heater? If not, do that & start over with the running of clear water.


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Old 08-09-2014, 07:58 PM   #3
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Chances are if the water heater was full and it has an anode rod, the tank needs to be drained, and rinsed well and a new anode installed. That is about the only thing I can think of that would cause this smell.
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:23 PM   #4
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Smelly water issue

There are also anaerobic algae that can take up residence in water systems left idle and as they multiply and feast, they give off sulphur gas which may be your odor. The algae is harmless - per many sites, the water ceases to be palatable long before the buildup concentrations can become harmful.

It happened to me earlier In the season. Flushing the tank once cleared it for my concerns when camping and now I just keep the fresh tank drained when in storage. If it's of major concern to you, consider a system sanitizer ion procedure.


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