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Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

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Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

Evening all! (or morning / afternoon whenever you read this)

 

Our kitchen tap is troubling me. Randomly when you turn on the cold water it will come out smelling similar to drain water. Most times its fine. There seems to be no particular cause of it that i can think of and i'm certain its not the actual drain for the sink because we'd smell it even without the tap running.

We have a water softener attached to the pipe (boo, hiss). Could this be causing it?

The water always comes out crystal clear.. but when it starts to smell i end up running the tap for around 30 seconds to rid the water of the smell. We don't seem to be suffering any health problems for it (that i know of) but it is concerning me a bit with the little fella in the house.

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Re: Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

Smells to me like you might have bacteria in your water softener - have you tried changing the solution? I'm pretty sure you can buy a test kit just to make sure.

Something like this maybe? 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simplex-Health-Total-Hardness-Strips/dp/B00XCUVLLM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1...

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Re: Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

The cold water tap into the house should not run through a water softener. When I had a new kitchen fitted I also had a new water softener fitted and this was the advice from the plumber.

 

I check the softness of the water elsewhere around the house with a small kit that can be purchased from Maplin for about £3.

 

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Re: Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

The main cold water tap in our kitchen does come through the softener - but we have a third tap which doesn't. That sort of arrangement is not at all uncommon.

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Re: Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

It's okay, it's just the government putting some mind control drugs into your water supply, nowt to worry about... Grin

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Re: Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

@7up

I assume the water pipes running from the road into your house are not lead pipes ?

Does the water taste different ? you will recall we had a number of posts a while ago when the smell/taste of chlorene in the water supply was discussed.

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Re: Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

@gleneagles

Well @7up said it smelt like a drain water, so would lead have that effect?

Anyways, found this earlier

Some of the culprits behind bad tasting, smelly drinking water could be:

  • Hydrogen Sulfide, which can produce a rotten egg smell;
  • Dissolved solids which cause a musty, earthy wood smell;
  • Chlorine used in the municipal water treatment process;
  • Metallic tastes and smells from mercury, lead, arsenic and iron seeping into the water supply.
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Re: Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

@Minivanman

you have certainly done your research there !

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At the risk of being accused of changing the subject, if there is a lead pipe supplying water to the house it may be more of a risk than the, 'smelly water'

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Re: Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

Not to much I would have thought unless the water has been laying dormant in the pipe. Free flowing and regular use whilst not recommended, should not be a real problem. I've grown up with lead piping and I'm err...... where was I? Smiley 

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Re: Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

@7up  Are you sure it's water and not 7up?

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No response from @7up so I guess problem now solved. Cool smiley

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Re: Smelly water. Slightly concerned.

@7up

That exact problem happened to us. It turned out actually to be the initial slug of water travelling down the drain that wafted a nasty pong out of the drain. Nothing to do with the water in the tap. It always cleared when more water was run off and the drain got sluiced through.

"There seems to be no particular cause of it that i can think of and i'm certain its not the actual drain for the sink because we'd smell it even without the tap running."

I think it's more like when the crud in the drain gets disturbed that you start to smell it. It tends to go dormant without an initial wash-through so you might not detect it. If there's an overflow in the sink it's probably worth giving that a backflush.

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Same here, we often fill the sink (very carefully I might add) above that overflow in order to rinse it out and of course the increased gravity pressure gives that under the sink trap a good flush out as well. As for slugs and snails we often get those stuck in the watering can spout. How the heck they get in there in the first place is beyond me!

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