Foul Water Odor

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 18, 2017)

Arthur wrote to ask about a problem he is having with his water. It seems that the water in the bathroom faucet—primarily from the hot water tap—has a foul odor to it.

This could be due to a number of different reasons. First (and most likely), it is possible that some sort of contaminant has entered your household plumbing. The probably location of the contamination is in the hot water heater that services your bathroom. This is particularly true if the odor is only in the bathroom's hot water and that tap is serviced by its own water heater.

In such a case, you'll want to drain and flush your hot water heater. There are other tips on the website that explain this in detail. In fact, you may want to drain it a couple of times to make sure you wash anything lingering in the sediment out of the hot water tank. (If you determine that your hot water tank has lots of sediment in it, you'll be best served by replacing the hot water heater entirely.)

The problem could also be caused by some sort of contamination in the pipes leading to your hot water tap. If you have a whole-house hot water heater—meaning that your water heater provides hot water to more than just your bathroom—and the odor isn't noticeable from other taps, then this may be the problem. The only thing you can do in this instance is to replace the plumbing that runs to your bathroom tap.

Another possibility is that there is a problem with your city's water supply or, if you draw water from a private well, the water coming from the source. You can determine if it is a problem with the water supply by checking with others who use the same supply. For instance, if you and your neighbors are on the same water supply, then they should have noticed the odor as well. If they do, then take your complaint up with whoever is your water provider.

It is very possible that your local water company can help you pinpoint the problem. Give them a call and ask if they can test your water. Odors are typically a symptom of some sort of chemical or biological issue that can often be detected through the proper type of testing. If your water company has the correct testing gear, they can get a sample of your tap water and let you know what is causing the problem.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Spell-Checking from the Keyboard

If you hate to take your hands from the keyboard, even to right-click on a word, you'll love the information in this tip. ...

Discover More

Returning the Smallest Non-Zero Value

In a series of values you may need to know the smallest value that isn't a zero. There is no built-in function to do ...

Discover More

Hiding Excel in VBA

Want to have you macro completely hide the Excel interface? You can do so by using the Visible property for the Excel ...

Discover More

MAX Power! A powerful lithium-ion drill/driver that delivers 0-to-650 RPM and 115 inches-per-pound of torque in a lightweight, easy-to-use package. An anti-slip soft grip and LED worklight makes this tool a delight to use. Check out Black & Decker 20-Volt Cordless Drill/Driver today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Diagnosing Plumbing Pressure Problems

One of the biggest causes for a grumpy morning is the sudden loss of water pressure during a shower. If you find yourself ...

Discover More

Dealing with High Water Pressure

Despite what many people may like to think, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. This is absolutely no ...

Discover More

Fixing Leaky Pipes

Fixing minor pipe leaks is not a labor-intensive chore. The worst part of the job may be that you have to fit into tight ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is five more than 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)