Re: Pipes leading to washing machine smell like rotten eggs
Posted by Quality Water Associates on October 30, 2002 at 10:48:49:
In response to Re: Pipes leading to washing machine smell like rotten eggs
: Help! I live on the 3rd floor of a condo building and the pipes leading to my washing machine stink badly during a wash cycle. Weird thing is, its not consistent - it seems to occur more often in the cooler months and not at all during summer. What the heck is going on? My HOA won't do anything because no one else reports this problem - not even the guy directly below me. I'm on the top floor - could that have something to do with it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
: Thank you.
: Michelle
: San Diego, CA

Most odors in �potable� water are caused by the gas that bacteria produce. Usually all gases (H2S, methane etc.) will start to come out of solution and then migrate to the highest fixtures possible during times of no water use. As the water is used the reduction of pressure and aeration by the faucet etc. completes the precipitation from the dissolved state (solution) to gas and that releases the odor into the air. In my opinion you have a potential contamination problem.


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