04:17PM | 09/29/02
Member Since: 09/28/02
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I recently moved into a new house just a few miles from my old neighborhood. Within a few weeks we started noticing a musty "old sneaker" smell coming from one of the bathroom sinks. We called the builder and his plumber could find nothing wrong. They claimed they cleaned the trap and the smell did lessen. But then it moved to an adjacent sink. And sometimes the shower in the same bathroom. And our laundry sometimes has that funky smell. The plumber has been out three times and claims they can find something. But they're willing to start ripping out walls and taking out pipes. Which, of course, is the last thing I want to happen!

I mentioned our old house being nearby because we never had any problems in the 7 years we lived there. Water never smelled a bit. Any ideas on what can cause a traveling odor in water? I really want to have some solid ideas before I call the plumber back. btw, it's a two-story house.


02:37PM | 09/30/02
Member Since: 08/30/02
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What type of water heater do you have?


03:53PM | 09/30/02
Member Since: 09/28/02
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Electric - is that what you mean?


03:09PM | 10/01/02
Member Since: 08/30/02
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Yes that's exactly what I mean. It's a long shot but I've seen many instances where an expired anode rod has caused a bad odor in water. The anode rod acts as a sacrificial lamb so to speak. It attracts minerals from the water so that they don't damage the rest of the water heater. It's not a likely cause in your case whereas you have public water.

doug seibert

01:06PM | 10/02/02
Member Since: 08/10/02
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You need to investigate whether it's the water supply or the drain that the smell is coming from............

Magnesium anode rods in the electric hot water tank can make the fresh water smell bad........Replace with another non-reactive type........

Venting problems can cause the odors in the drain lines as water is s-u-c-k-e-d out of the traps allowing foul sewer odors to enter the house........Roto the vents from the roof .......but in a "new" house design/install problems may exist requiring them to "....ripping out walls and taking out pipes..." at their expense of course........doug


04:42PM | 10/02/02
Member Since: 09/28/02
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Thank you for the tips. I'll pursue this aggressively with the builder.


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