Smelly cold water
Posted by Mary on February 27, 2002 at 23:28:25:
We are having a problem with the rotten egg smell only in the kitchen and only the cold water; it tastes terrible too. This problem has not appeared in any of our bathrooms, the laundry or basement. The problem surfaced several months ago about the time we replaced the water softener and the kitchen faucet. The faucet was replaced within a week or two after the softener. We are unable to recall if the odor started after the softener installation or faucet but has been plaguing us ever since. We never had a problem in the previous 20 years in this house.

Since this started sometimes when a dish is set to soak in the sink the water turns gray/black. Also, when we are using the cold water for several minutes, such as veggie prep, the odor abates briefly. Everything we've found on this issue deals with the hot water heater and our hot water is fine. Any ideas on what may have triggered this and what can we do to resolve it?

We have tried the bleach in the softener routine which tones things down for a day or so. We need a cure, not a short term fix.


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