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Sulfer smell despite removing magnesium rods
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Bonny Henning    Posted 02-16-2004 at 07:47:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a persistant smell of sulfer in our home with water usage (it seem to be with drainage rather than the water itself at this point) ever since adding a new hot water tank to our home. We have removed the magnesium rods, flushed bleach and with hot water. We have city water but a septic tank. I have notice the smell indoors and out. Where do we go next to solve this problem.

Mike in tn    Posted 02-16-2004 at 08:18:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Probably your vent pipe is stopped up. When you run water it is forcing air back out the other drains. Second thing to check is for a bad drain trap letting the water leak out and the air to come back up the drain.
Good luck,

Bonny    Posted 02-16-2004 at 18:59:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
excuse my ignorance, the vent pipe for what? Who would I contact to find a bad drain trap? A plummer? Thanks Bonny

Mike in tn    Posted 02-16-2004 at 19:20:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bonny, your vent pipe for your septic system will be a pipe sticking thru you roof somewhere. You can check your drain traps by looking under all your sinks and tub. It is also called a j trap. It is a bend in the trap that holds water to keep the sewer gas from coming back up the drain.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-16-2004 at 07:56:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have never heard fo sulphur smell on city water...I have sulphur, but it is mild and I have a 620 foot drilled well...

This only started AFTER you installed a new water heater?

Bonny    Posted 02-16-2004 at 19:02:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, It only started after installing the new Hot water Tank. It got somewhat better after removing the magnesium rod and flushing with hot water and bleach. The water itself does not smell, just after it goes down the drain.
P.S. It is city water from a small village, I has been rumored not to be the best quality

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