Sulfur Smell inside one bath

rjingaJune 30, 2008

This started a week ago...when DH takes a shower, it smells like sulfur. At first I thought it was a new dandruff shampoo he was using (scary but it has a similiar smell).

Is there anything we can try before we shell out the $$$ to have the septic tank pumped?

I called a few places today and it will be $400 for a 1500 gallon tank. (they said we must have a 1500 gallon tank due to having a garbage disposal? I never heard of that before.

Anyway...the house is about 14 years old, and we have lived here 4 years (2 adults) it has not been pumped since we moved here and have no idea when it might have been pumped out before.

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serviceplumberman

Before you go spending money on pumping your septic tank out.... Do you have a tank type water heater?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2008 at 7:15AM
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rjinga

I hate to say that I dont know what type of water heater we have, it's a big round "tank" with pipes running upward from it.

And if this is a "tank" type water heater? what's your next thought/suggestion?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2008 at 8:32AM
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serviceplumberman

Yeah its a tank type. The sulfur smell that you are talking about, does it only happen when you run hot water for a shower?

If the answer is yes then the sacrifical anode riser in your water heater has gone out. There should be a hex nut about a inch or so in diameter on top of the heater.Anode Rod: A sacrificial rod installed in a water heater that protects the tank from corrosion, helping to extend the life of the tank. More than likely this is what is causing the smell.

Is the smell limited to just one bath? Or throughout the house? How close is the heater to that bathroom?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2008 at 6:58PM
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pjb999

It could also be a badly clogged drain, too, giving off that smell but I'd check the anode too.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2008 at 12:49AM
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water_daddy

It sounds like the formation of hydrogen sulfide gas. The anode is one item to look at, but usually the reaction is biological. You've probably got thermophilic (heat loving) bacteria reducing sulfate to hydrogen sulfide. Flush tank until spigot is clear and raise the water temp to atleast 140F for at a minimum of 8 hrs.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 11:16AM
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