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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.


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.



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 :(


05:47PM | 07/28/18
I have this same issue. 2 yr old house. It’s always been just our master bath faucets.
The other 3 faucets I. The house are fine.


11:33PM | 08/07/18
I have the same problem with smell in one recently remodeled bathroom in my house. I am also on a well and am only getting the smell in the new bathroom. I am trying to understand if the problem is isolated to Moen products. As I understand they have put a plastic coating on the inside of their faucet products that apparently is not compatible with well water. Moen has replaced both my bathroom sink faucets side-by-side in the same bathroom under warranty. The problem has returned with the second set and they agreed to a full refund. (Unhappy Moen customer)


11:25AM | 08/19/18
I have it in one sink, and it’s a relatively new faucet (2yrs old). It’s definitely from the faucet - and I’m not blaming Moen, as I have the exact faucet in a powder room, too, with no issues there. I’ve cleaned the drains, the supply lines were all replaced with the faucet install, and I have chlorinated water. So weird.


06:09PM | 09/02/18
Same problem here except mine is coming from washing machine only. City water. It also isn't constant, it's sporadic but too often.


10:36PM | 10/04/18
I have the same issue. Smell is coming from bathroom faucet only. I just checked it and it's a Moen.


08:35AM | 10/11/18
what do you do for this problem?


08:35AM | 10/11/18
what do you do for this problem?


06:36AM | 11/08/18
I have the same issue only in one sink in my master bath on the second floor and only the cold water. It is a MOEN and I have the same MOEN fixture on the other side of my bathroom on the other sink with no smell there. Under my sink there is a metal t shaped pipe that both hot and cold water pipes come out of that has a little plastic cap on the top that is only on the smelly sink.


06:28PM | 11/25/18
I'm having the same problem with a newly installed Delta faucet in the bathroom. We are on city water that is chlorinated. There is a sulphur odor from the hot water and it lasts for about 30 seconds when the water is run first thing in the morning. This was not a problem with the old faucet nor is it a problem with any other faucet in the house. The faucet was installed by a plumber last week. Suggestions?

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