|Posted by Michelle in Orange County on December 11, 2002 at 17:00:21:|
|In response to Re: Pipes leading to washing machine smell like rotten eggs|
Michelle I hope you get this as I experienced the same thing I did on the 5th. It's your washer drain, and no, your neighbors will not have the problem unless theirs is full of rotten moldy mildewy soap either. If it isn't cleaned you may end up with burning eyes, nausea, and a metalic taste that has not left 6 days later.
Your association should be responsible as the drain is inside the wall. Soap is made of fat and it clogs the drain but not so much that it backs the water up. This soap is food to bacteria and becomes a slimey moldy mess that emits awful fumes. Remedy: Your association needs to have the plumber pull the drain hose (you would be wise to replace it) and clean the drain. Then fill your washer with hot water and 1/2 a gallon of clorox. Once it fills and starts to wash, turn it off and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Turn it back on and let it run through the cycle. I did this twice with bleach, then once with 1/2 gallon of vinegar and last with an entire bottle of Febreeze. I also saturated clothing in Febreeze (old towels) and put them in the dryer (odor hit the dryer because it's a stackable). If that doesn't work it may be the roof vent which is for sewer fumes, something a plummber must also deal with. Do not let your plummer push you around - mine swore it wasn't the drain and was stunned when it was. I had to fight him to make him pull the washer and check it.
If that doesn't work, it may be one of the things I eliminated in the process of finding the washer drain.
I hope this helps.
Michelle In Orange County
: 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!!
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