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Old 08-28-2019, 01:55 PM   #1
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Bad Odor from water system

We have a bad odor that is plainly related to the water system. Smells sort of sour and is present whether connected to town water or boon docking. It comes when opening taps in kitchen or bathroom or flushing toilet. It is not a sewer smell. It has been present ever since we picked up the trailer last August.


I have emptied the water system and refilled the fresh tank with a water bleach mixture, filled all pipes with the mixture and let lie for a day and then repeated the procedure with a baking soda mixture. I have done this twice in the last six months. And even when the trailer is not used at all and lines remain fully drained within a few weeks the odor is back.


It seems to me that this is possibly a water born bacteria that is causing the odor, but it is driving me crazy. We have had stick built trailers before and never had this problem, so I like to think it is not something I am doing.


Any ideas or suggestions would be most welcome.
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Old 08-28-2019, 02:10 PM   #2
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Where does water originate?

Grand Forks water system?
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Is it hot water or cold water odor?
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Old 08-28-2019, 02:52 PM   #4
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This came up in another thread just recently but I be darned if I can find it.
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It is present regardless of where the water comes from, Saskatchewan to Arizona same problem. Hot or cold, same odor.
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Old 08-28-2019, 03:26 PM   #6
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Is it the same odor out of the bathroom sink as the kitchen sink? Did you change the faucet in the kitchen? Just trying to help determine if it's the Pex, tanks or faucets.


NEVER mind, I saw you answered MY question in the top post. D'oh!
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Old 08-28-2019, 03:28 PM   #7
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Flush out your water heater and change out the anode
If the anode is bad or it is the wrong metal , you can get a rotten egg smell from the water .
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Old 08-28-2019, 03:35 PM   #8
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Same smell all outlets, hot or cold. I will try an extra flush of the hw tank. Checked anode this past winter and looked good but will get a new one and try that. There was an eggy edge to the smell. What is the correct anode.
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No new faucets either. All is as it came from escape.
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Old 08-28-2019, 04:03 PM   #10
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Put the hot water side in bypass mode and see if it goes away it’s something in the water heater. Hope this helps.
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