09:21AM | 03/13/06
Member Since: 03/12/06
2 lifetime posts
I live in a 10 year-old house. Just in the past week, my faucet in the master bath has a sour, metallic smell for the initial 3-5 seconds of turning it on. It's a "one-knob" faucet. It only occurs from this faucet. My wife's faucet (3 feet away) is actually connected to the same water lines as my faucet, but she gets no odor. Any ideas about the cause?



11:38AM | 03/15/06
Member Since: 03/09/06
5 lifetime posts
There are three things you can do to try and remove the smell:

Remove the areator clean and bleach it.

Remove the faucet soak in Iron Out for 24 hours and reinstall.

Last, if the above does not work replace the faucet.

Safe plumbing brings life and health giving water into our homes, business, hospitals and takes away death and disease causing waste.


12:05PM | 03/15/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1626 lifetime posts
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Are you sure it is the faucet and not a smell coming from the sinks over flow?

Try pouring a pot of water down this sink (Get the water from a different location) and see if the smell appears


10:32AM | 03/16/06
Member Since: 03/12/06
2 lifetime posts
I saw this possibility in a previous post, so I tried covering the overflow hole.....same smell. I tried plugging the drain.....same smell. I even tried catching the initial water in a cup and taking it in another room before smelling.....same smell.

I'll try the recommendations from the other reply and see if that works.



06:05AM | 03/17/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1626 lifetime posts
Me office1
Good luck


07:28AM | 03/17/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Is it only the hot water or also the cold water? And does it go away after a few sections. Are you on a well.

Under certain circumstances with iron in the water and a harmless bacteria hot water can produce a sulfer smell.

From reading different complaints like yours it APPEARS that in some cases it will only produce a very small amount and that only collects at one place do to how the plumbing is aranged.


07:01AM | 05/11/17
What it is is that the under sink feed line made in China is designed for chlorinated water. They assume everyone has city water. I have a well, no chlorine so after a while the feed line harbors bacteria. Box stores only sell these crappy lines so I have to replace them about once a year. This started when I replaced my bathroom vanity to a double sink. The rest of the house has older lines and no problems.


10:32AM | 08/02/17
I have the same problem. We have well water (that is filtered) and it comes out odorless from every other outlet except the one faucet.

The pipes are all PVC, we don't have any water heaters and the smell is consistent: it lasts for about a minute when the faucet is opened after several hours (a day?) of non-use - and then it's fine for several hours (a day?) afterwards.

So what could be causing this build-up that gets cleared up after running the water for a minute? And how to fix it?

Any ideas gratefully received... :)


11:19AM | 09/17/17
We have the same issue, but we do not have well water.


04:14AM | 01/04/18
Have same issue too, one faucet with metallic odor at first after a little while of no use. I replaced the faucet and problem remains so it must be the line to the faucet :(
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