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Old 04-22-2014, 10:11 AM   #1
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Question Water-Rotten Egg Smell

Ok My CR Owner Family, here's the issue:
Six weeks ago noticed a smell when we first turned on our water. We are on city water and there is no smell from the water source. So first we checked to see if anyone else was having the issue in the RV Resort- no one was/is. So, we filled the fresh water tank and ran Spring Fresh through the system. It seemed to work for a couple of days, but returned. By the end of the week, we had to do something. So, we repeated the process again and this time left it in the system for 24 hours. It seemed to work for several days this time, but again the smell returned. We also changed the water filter both times just to be safe.
So after doing more online research and contacting our service provider back home we decided to try the chlorine bleach method. Over the weekend we once again filled the fresh water tank and left the bleach solution in the water pump, water lines and the water heater for 6 hours. Today is Tuesday and the smell is once again coming back faintly, but is coming back.
So, what are we missing? Has anyone experienced this and if so, what did you do? Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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uddo the screens at the taps...maybe something happening there? does the filter smell if you took it off and smelt it? if not ,your problem may be after that point.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:54 AM   #3
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Check to see if it smells worse in the sink cabinets. If it is its probably an air admittance valve on the drain line.
http://www.amazon.com/Oatey-39012-In...mittance+valve
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:57 AM   #4
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Check to see if water supply is salt soften??
If so pull Anode in water heater, plug threaded hole left by removing Anode, safely store Anode to be reinstalled after leaving softened water supply.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:40 AM   #5
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Water smell update:
We still have the smell for a several seconds when we first run both cold and hot water. So, hondavalk seems to have the right idea. Where do I even start to look for such a valve? There is nothing under our sinks(kitchen or bath).
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Hope this helps.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:21 PM   #7
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We noticed a funny smell in our last trailer and couldn't place it. Not rotten eggs but more like a nasty mop bucket. While looking around under the sink I found that the air admittance valve had "unscrewed" itself and was laying on the floor. Never having seen one before there was a period of head-scratching before I felt around under there and found a threaded pipe sticking up behind the sink. The valve just happened to fit it and that took care of the problem.

Now as to how it unscrewed itself????
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:16 PM   #8
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Ditto

Homeowners can have the same problem when the hot water tank anode goes bad as well...Not a bad place to start - quick and easy step in your troubleshooting bag of tricks....

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Check to see if water supply is salt soften??
If so pull Anode in water heater, plug threaded hole left by removing Anode, safely store Anode to be reinstalled after leaving softened water supply.
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I don't think the new RVs have an anode rod in the hot water tank any more.
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attwood or suburban , one has the rod , forget which .
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I was under the assumption the tanks are aluminum, and they don't use the rod. Maybe I'm remembering wrong?
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I believe you are correct Lloyd
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Success!!
Yes Lloyd is correct, so we used Spring Fresh to flush the system. The smell returned. We did it a second time this time allowing the solution to remain in the lines, water pump and hot water heater over night. The smell returned in 24 hours. So we used bleach. Did the same process, leaving the solution through the system for 6 hours. The smell gradually returned within two days. We put up with the smell for the week. It didn't get any worse, but for the first 5-10 seconds the hot and the cold water had the rotten egg smell. So, once again we used the bleach, flushing the system- including the hot and cold faucets for the washer(which because we do not travel with the extra weight of a washer/dryer, were still full of RV antifreeze), and left it in the entire system for 6 hours before completely flushing with fresh water.
It is now almost a week and we are smell free! Such a crazy nightmare. In case anyone else has this issue, remember to flush out all of the lines- including the out door shower and the lines to the washer. Anything that gets winterized, needs to be completely flushed! Thanks to all of you for your great advice.
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