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Old 09-19-2018, 04:15 PM   #1
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What's that Smell?

This weekend while camping, found out that the hot water smelled like rotten eggs. I had not drained the water heater since our last excursion in April.

Is it better to leave the water heater empty when sitting for a few months or better to leave it full and flush it good before using it?

During the summer months it regularly gets up to 115 to 120 degrees!
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Old 09-19-2018, 04:41 PM   #2
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Sulfur...it happens when water sits too long...it rots. Drain it or run water through it often. Now you need to clean it out with bleach or something. It's probably coated with black slim on the interior surfaces.
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But Gritz is right: time to drain the system, and add a bit of bleach to the next couple of batches of water that you put through it.

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Old 09-19-2018, 05:44 PM   #5
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I was thinking of that Skynard tune when I wrote this..Ha!
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I'd say that "Great minds think alike"; but I'd never want to insult you like that!
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Old 09-19-2018, 05:51 PM   #7
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I'd say that "Great minds think alike"; but I'd never want to insult you like that!
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I'd say that "Great minds think alike"; but I'd never want to insult you like that!


Always remember the second half of that quote

....and fools seldom differ.
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Thanks for the Laugh The missus was not to pleased when she got all that foul smelling water on her
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Speaking from experience: nice jewelry works better than flowers and dinners...
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:25 PM   #12
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Add a cup of bleach to your water tank and open EVERY faucet one at a time until you smell breach, let it sit for 3-4 hours, then drain the tank, refill with fresh water and flush all the faucets.

The smell is caused by sulfur bacteria and hydrogen sulfide, the bleach solution will kill the bacteria and the smell.
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Hydrogen peroxide will do the job too--and without the lingering bleach smell in your water.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:37 PM   #17
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Hydrogen peroxide will do the job too--and without the lingering bleach smell in your water.

Sounds good,how much HP ?
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I drain my tank until I have a gallon or two of water left in it. Then I drive the rig to Wallmart , get 4 of the large peroxide bottles (pint size), dump them in and let them slosh around the tank on the way home.

At home, I run all fixtures both hot and cold so the peroxide can get in to every pipe and the water heater. Let it sit for an hour, then run everything dry, then run clean water through every fixture a time or two.

Even if a little residual peroxide stays in the system, it won't hurt anybody, and it definitely does not stink like bleach.
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I drain my tank until I have a gallon or two of water left in it. Then I drive the rig to Wallmart , get 4 of the large peroxide bottles (pint size), dump them in and let them slosh around the tank on the way home.

At home, I run all fixtures both hot and cold so the peroxide can get in to every pipe and the water heater. Let it sit for an hour, then run everything dry, then run clean water through every fixture a time or two.

Even if a little residual peroxide stays in the system, it won't hurt anybody, and it definitely does not stink like bleach.
Do you let your water heater tank sit empty when you store your unit for a couple of months?
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:17 PM   #20
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After you have the system sanitized try adding TastePURE water freshener to your fresh water holding tank. This will solve the problem of odor when leaving the RV sitting for weeks at a time between use.

If your are hooked to city water, be sure to pull water from your fresh water tank (treated with this freshener) into all your lines especially your water heater. Stinky water problem solved.
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