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  • Rotten egg smell when running dishwasher and washing machine

    We have a rotten egg smell in the house whenever we run the dishwasher and also when we run the washing machine. The smell is getting worse. House is on slab. There is a little bit of water in the bottom of the dishwasher when it finishes running. I plan to call a plumber next week but want to get an idea of what might be the problem.

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    Re: Rotten egg smell when running dishwasher and washing machine

    could be the hot water giving off the smell from an anode rod in the water heater.

    try filling the bathtub with hot water and see if the same smell is there.

    flushing the water heater with vinegar and possibly replacing the anode rod might be required.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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      Re: Rotten egg smell when running dishwasher and washing machine

      I will try that, thank you.

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        Re: Rotten egg smell when running dishwasher and washing machine

        We are on a well and have same problem.. seems to be a problem with iron in the water plus the anode giving off that smell as it reacts with the stuff in the hot water tank. We use bleach to get rid of it for a while. Once a month.
        Here is what we do .. turn off power to hot water tank. Turn off the water supply to hot water tank. We open the safety pressure release valve at top of tank and open the drain at bottom of tank and insert a cup of bleach ( diluted in a quart or so of water) via the safety valve at top of tank.
        To do that, we have a half inch inside diameter flex hose attached to the pressure release valve. We stick a funnel in the other end, hold it up higher than top of tank and pour the bleach into tank that way. The hot water coming out the bottom drain sucks up the bleach mix. We leave it over night, dont even worry about the chlorine smell for the next couple of days.
        Then..turn on the water supply to tank then turn on the power to tank.
        We also open hot water taps in rest of house to let air out of the lines.
        You may not need to do it as often as we do.
        charlie

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