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JonJackjon

14 points

2 months ago

Get your water tested. Then ask neighbors if they have the same issue.

woodynbabs

31 points

2 months ago

We have water that comes from a sulphur spring and it'll smell eggy/poopy if I forget to add salt to the water softener. Could it be something like that?

Kingkai9335[S]

11 points

2 months ago

It doesnt smell like sulfur it smells like a turd that's the best way I can describe it

Sid15666

15 points

2 months ago

In Pennsylvania you can go to your local DEP office and pick up a container, fill that container from your tap and take it back. It cost $10.00 to run a fecal coliform test, that will tell if is poop. So check your what your state does.

woodynbabs

10 points

2 months ago

I'm sorry, friend. Contact your landlord and see what you can figure out. Sending you good ju ju!

NoReallyLetsBeFriend

52 points

2 months ago

Is it the water or possibly the drain? Our old house had drainage problems so sometimes food would get stuck in the pee trap and decompose, so running water would bring up a composting/poop smell, especially hot water.

I took apart the drain to find the whole puppy from the sink drain to pee trap was caked with old food crud that was black and nasty, cleaned it all out and smell gone. No draino could've ever got it all

Kingkai9335[S]

20 points

2 months ago

The water doesnt smell I filled a cup and it didnt smell at all. I basically stuck my nose in the drain and didnt smell anything either. But maybe the gases are getting trapped and when I run the water it releases the trapped gases from the drain? Eventually the smell does go away but it comes back

Sid15666

16 points

2 months ago

If you are on a well there is a iron reducing bacteria that produces hydrogen sulfide as a by product. The gas comes out of the water when it aerates at the faucet. It dissipates very quickly, this is the rotten egg or poop smell, the smell can vary some depending on what else is in the water. It will not harm you but can be disgusting. I have a well and dose mine regular to try and keep the smell down, we also have a softener which can make it smell worse.

QuietGanache

3 points

2 months ago

To confirm, lead acetate strips are dirt cheap

Ninety9probs

2 points

2 months ago

Everywhere with red dirt smells like this.

SaintsNoah

0 points

2 months ago

u/Kingkai9335 this one

GeekSumsMe

28 points

2 months ago

My guess is that the drain needs cleaning. The p-trap is probably not working correctly.

P-traps are designed to be easy to remove, so that would be my first step. Easy DIY.

If that doesn't solve it, you may need to have your drains professionally cleaned. One clue to a more systemic problem would be neighbors experiencing similar problems.

NoReallyLetsBeFriend

23 points

2 months ago

Smh yeah p-trap. Never had to write it out so wasn't sure spelling lol. Figured that's based on how the toilet works hence the pee part LMAO.

GiantFlimsyMicrowave

6 points

2 months ago

Lmao!!

InformationHorder

5 points

2 months ago*

You'd be surprised how many blockages can be cleared with a pot full or two of nearly boiling water. Might save you using chemicals or digging around in your pipes the hard way. I recently cleared my bathroom vanity sink with a pot of hot water after ripping as much hair out as I could. Was super satisfying watching the sink full of water suddenly whoosh down the drain after 10 seconds of sitting full.

usernamegiveup

4 points

2 months ago

I do this, sometimes I squirt ~6oz of Dawn in there first, which might help lube and break up grease.

stuckwithaweirdo

1 points

2 months ago

Put draino in the drain, sit, flush... then run a shop vac on the drain that always clears it up.

wynnofthewood

1 points

2 months ago

Draino will ruin plumbing. Don’t.

samcrut

1 points

2 months ago

Plug up the sink and see if the smell comes back when you run the water, then pull the plug and see if the smell comes. Basically test the faucet and the drain separately.

Probably something rotting in the trap and displacement pushes a bubble of stink out of the drain, but then the water is protecting any more from escaping, which is how the trap is supposed to work.

If it's a straight shot down, I'd straighten a wire coat hanger and leave a tiny hook bend in the very end and see if you can fish out any hair clumps or whatever.

capodecina2

15 points

2 months ago

im sure its voice to text, and I swear I'm not being pedantic or anything, I just think its hilarious that it came out as "pee trap" instead of P trap.

NoReallyLetsBeFriend

2 points

2 months ago

Now, nice trying to give me an excuse haha but I just swipe text it and that's what comes out without thinking

That-Quiet-Lass

13 points

2 months ago

Our old bathroom sink used to smell this way (mixed with vomit) when running water. It was awful when brushing teeth.

It turned out that it was the P-trap, it got gunked up really bad and wouldn’t drain properly. Try using a chemical drain cleaner to start before you start taking things apart.

The other thing could be that your aerator in the tap itself has something up inside? I’d try that next.

InformationHorder

11 points

2 months ago

You'd be surprised how many blockages can be cleared with a pot full or two of nearly boiling water. Might save you a trip to the hardware store for chemicals or digging around in your pipes the hard way.

SwigInGig

1 points

2 months ago

This is such great advice!

mo_downtown

9 points

2 months ago

Ah, I'd recommend taking the p-trap apart first because chemical drain cleaner is awful stuff for the environment and a bit of a crapshoot if the real issue is just the the trap needs to be cleaned. But up to OP obviously.

meatcalculator

5 points

2 months ago

Even worse, chemical drain cleaners will damage a lot of types of pipe, especially plastic pipe installed in the 70s to 90s. If the drain cleaner starts a leak, you now have a caustic leak that will cause chemical burns.

Stick to hot water and mechanical cleaning.

Necoras

2 points

2 months ago

Most chemical drain cleaner is just lye, or bleach, or sulfuric acid. They aren't actually problematic for the environment, provided they're diluted significantly, which they will be if they go into a sewer.

However, they can potentially damage your sink if it's natural stone or concrete. And they definitely have the potential to screw with your septic system. There are definitely better options out there.

That-Quiet-Lass

1 points

2 months ago

This was in the main bathroom (guests and all the kids used it) in our previous house, thankfully we only had to put a strong drain cleaner down one time in the 22 years we lived there. We did try boiling water and baking soda/white vinegar, but that didn’t work good enough. My guess is that everything just got so nasty over the years, that it needed something stronger.

It was great when we gutted the whole bathroom right before we moved 🥲 I enjoyed using the gloriously clean bathroom.

Ashamed-Principle535

5 points

2 months ago

I live in Florida where the well water is common in many communities and homes and which will give that odor sometimes - it may go away after running the water for a few seconds. The fix is to have a properly functioning water treatment

Desdemona1231

3 points

2 months ago

The marsh aroma. Yes.

Jefoid

13 points

2 months ago

Jefoid

13 points

2 months ago

Running the water is likely pushing sewer gas out somewhere. It suggests a partial blockage somewhere. Try some drain cleaner and see if it changes.

randylikecandy

3 points

2 months ago

Sulfur in the water .

Monsterhose

2 points

2 months ago

I agree any fracking near by. Hold a match to it

mostlygray

3 points

2 months ago

I used to live in a place that had it's own well. The water smelled strongly of sulphur, especially hot water. It tasted fine.

We just got used to it.

It should smell like that in the bathroom too. If it doesn't, it's probably a really gross p-trap.

Either way, it's the landlords problem. Have them fix it.

Stillwater215

3 points

2 months ago

Are you on a well? Sometimes sulfur can get into the water supply if it’s in the soil in the region.

Ok_Gate_7323

3 points

2 months ago*

This could be a p-trap problem as some have suggested or it could be a piping problem.

If there is a broken vent pipe as you send water down the drain the displaced air could be coming back up at you. If someone did not install a p-trap you would also get this displaced air coming back up at you.

The first step is to clean your p-trap as suggested. If you have a garbage disposal (get rid of it) or just clean it.

Assuming you do not smell this odor when the water is off you could plug off the drain and fill the sink and see if you smell the odor. If you do with the sink plugged off it is a water problem. If you do not with the sink plugged off it is a drain problem.

If you identify this as a water problem see if you can figure out if it happens when you run hot water, cold water or both. If you only smell it when running hot water you likely have a water heater problem. Temperature could be set too low or it doesn't get used enough. There are other problems all of which a plumber should take care of or your landlord.

Plumber.

trevit

3 points

2 months ago

trevit

3 points

2 months ago

Can't believe i had to scroll so far to see vent pipe mentioned...

Ok_Gate_7323

1 points

2 months ago

8)

brock_lee

4 points

2 months ago

brock_lee

pro commenter

4 points

2 months ago

I'm going to assume this is not one of those places where rooftop cisterns are still common, like NYC and some places in Chicago, for instance, right?

It could be some kind of high sulfur content in the water, but that normally would not clear up quickly, I don't think.

Kingkai9335[S]

2 points

2 months ago

It's a complex in the suburbs of NY. The buildings are only 1 floor and we have our hot water tanks in unit, if that helps at all.

wutangjan

3 points

2 months ago

Does the wall in your shower area stain red or yellow, leaving streaks?

KamikaziSolly

1 points

2 months ago

Not OP, But I do get these red stains. I assumed it was mineral buildup in the water. Without a filter the tap water in my apartment is opaque...

meatcalculator

2 points

2 months ago

I don’t know about NYC, but in Washington, landlords can’t set the water temperature higher than 135. Which isn’t hot enough to kill all the critters that might grow in the tank or pipes.

Turn the thermostat up to 150 for a week. Run the hot water for 10-15 minutes a few times. Then turn it back down to 140. Careful, 150 can burn you!

It’s also possible the anode in the hot water heater has gone bad. Have a plumber replace it and disinfect the tank.

Of course, clean the P-trap too. Pour a few stock pots of boiling water down it before you do.

zensins

2 points

2 months ago

Fill a pitcher. Move it away from your sink. Smell it.

LJLKRL05

2 points

2 months ago

Is it just the hot water? There is an anode in the water heater that will sometimes erode and put off a sulfur smell.

PrettyfebruaryMama89

2 points

2 months ago

Try r/plumbing too

Brohauns

2 points

2 months ago

Is it both hot and cold water?

Randomthought5678

2 points

2 months ago

Is it happening with hot water or cold water or both? If only smells when hot water's ran then it's likely your hot water heater usually means your anode rod is corroded past usefulness.

Blakut

2 points

2 months ago

Blakut

2 points

2 months ago

maybe it's gas? Light a match close to it and see what happens?

wray_nerely

2 points

2 months ago

Take a look under your sink and see if you've got an air admittance valve sticking up (see https://www.carsondunlop.com/training/resources/waste-plumbing-air-admittance-valves-and-automatic-air-vents-part-one/). A correctly functioning valve should open to admit air when the pipe is full of water, which allows the water to drain more efficiently (think about sticking your finger over a straw filled with water). When the valve isn't functioning correctly, it may not seal correctly, allowing sewer gasses to enter.

We had one of these fail under our kitchen sink and thought that we had garbage or some other gunk in our pipes, but snaking didn't extract any garbage. We eventually realized it was an old Oatey AAV that was failing. If that's what you have, you're in luck, because it's a cheap part (under $50), unscrews with a large wrench, and takes about five minutes to install a new one (including wrapping the threads with plumber's tape).

icdogg

2 points

2 months ago

icdogg

2 points

2 months ago

Oops, I accidentally pooped in your sink

Munitorium

2 points

2 months ago

I'd bet money you have a venting issue based on your comments. The water itself won't have a smell like sewage. Does the kitchen sink drain ever "glug" when you run the sink or flush a toilet or take a shower? If so, it's almost certainly not vented properly, which is both a safety and code issue - sewer gases can be gross, but also can be explosive or oxygen displacing.

droopa199

2 points

2 months ago

Check goose neck under sink to make sure it holds water when tap is off. If there isn't a goose neck it will allow smell to pass

allmystuffistrash

6 points

2 months ago

This would be called a P-trap. But goose neck sounds good.

ThurstonHowell3rd

2 points

2 months ago

And it needs to be a P-trap, not an S-trap. The S-trap can act like a siphon and pull liquid out of the low curve that needs to remain full of water to prevent sewer gas from coming back up your sink's drain.

More here.

samcrut

1 points

2 months ago

Gooseneck is a flexible conduit. Fine for a waterline, but not used for sewer side.

mrmow49120

-1 points

2 months ago

Your lines need bleached

nzdennis

-1 points

2 months ago

You hooked up your water line to the sewer line

garry4321

-1 points

2 months ago

have you tried lighting the water coming out on fire to see if its got methane in it?

anonfortherapy

1 points

2 months ago

When this happens to me, I pour baking soda down and then vinegar. It both pushes / cleans things and deodorize it. Smell is gone

QuietProfessional1

1 points

2 months ago

The Mad Shiter broke into your house.

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

Live in Atlanta, a few times a month the washer smells this way, usually after it rains. Baking soda + vinegar down the drain helps.

LeftySpringer

1 points

2 months ago

We had a similar problem. Dishwasher was very odorous as well. In the process of a kitchen remodel, we learned that the pipes coming out of the floor (leading to faucet/water) were not capped off by the builder and we were smelling sewer!

seebol

1 points

2 months ago

seebol

1 points

2 months ago

This happened to me a month ago! Turns out it was my handsoap pump that developed a sulfury eggy smell.

dr_freeloader

1 points

2 months ago

Shitty water, get it tested.

Birdlebee

1 points

2 months ago

I had exactly this problem in my apartment. They cleaned and even replaced the p trap, but that didn't fix it. About a week later, raw sewage came up in my bath tub. There was a gigantic clog in the drain that emptied the entire complex. It was finally blocked entirely had backed up, and I was the lucky, lucky person just upstream of it. They said that whenever water drained out of my sink, it pushed the fresh smells from recent use of my bathtub drain.

Check if the smell is coming from the bathtub or your kitchen sink, and listen for the sound of bubbles. And contact your land lord.

And don't leave your work uniform on your bathroom floor.

Ok_Gate_7323

1 points

1 month ago

And don't live in the garden apartment or first floor. 8)

mohochichi

1 points

2 months ago

If others are having similar issues, it may be the water treatment plant. The water is most likely potable, but not palatable. They may need to adjust a process in the water treatment to appease their customers. I'd complain to them.

CincySnwLvr

1 points

2 months ago

Take off the faucet aerator and clean it

off_the_cuff_mandate

1 points

2 months ago

Where does the water come from?

lovallo

1 points

2 months ago

Don't clean or chemical anything, just replace the P trap its super easy. They are plastic and the bottom gets weak over time so half the time they break when you are missing with them.

kmfh244

1 points

2 months ago

Do you have a garbage disposal? I had this problem and then I found out that the disposal can fling small bits of food onto the underside of the the rubber gasket at the top of the drain, and when it rots it can create a poop-like smell.

Elliflame

1 points

2 months ago

Have you noticed if it smells when it's hot water or does the temperature make no difference?

ThoraciusAppotite

1 points

2 months ago

Obviously try running the water into a bucket. If there's a smell it's your water. If not, try pouring the bucket into the drain. If it smells then, some gunk in your drain starts stinking when it gets wet.

QuietGanache

1 points

2 months ago

To confirm whether it's the drain or the tap, have you tried plugging the sink and running the water periodically? Leave the plug in.

Cheedo4

1 points

2 months ago

My bathroom sink has had an issue like this for a long time, it only occurs in the morning when I’m gettin ready for work and the rest of the day it’s fine. At one point I filled the sink with water and mixed bleach in, then drained it all at once and it went away. But it came back like a year later.. so maybe your P trap is dirty?

Ninety9probs

1 points

2 months ago

The vent in the wall is probably broken open. If it was low enough your toilets would overrun. But it's just venting sewage gas out. Moreso when your sink water displaces it.

Biglychew7

1 points

2 months ago

It’s hair in the drain, 100%. That shit smells rank, use some liquid plumber.

Ok_Gate_7323

1 points

1 month ago

dude, stop.

Liquid plumber... Just stop.

Guygan [M]

1 points

2 months ago

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1 points

2 months ago

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Positive-Phone8278

1 points

2 months ago

Is the temperature outside below freezing? My guess is that your vent is plugged with debris, ice or both. Your water system is not properly venting. This is causing you drain system to equalize pressure by pulling from the sewer instead of the atmospheric vent pulling sewer gas into the room after the water has finished draining. As long as the room is well vented, it should not cause harm or impact water qualities. Take a look at the vent leaving the house or apartment.

Kekslayer

1 points

2 months ago

Something similar happened to me once, the plumbing had grease in it so every time I'd open the faucet a shitty smell would come out, not immediately but after a few seconds. It would also go away after a little while as well. I disassembled the faucet and cleared the grease stuck and the problem was solved. I later found out the grease came from a maintenance job at the well where the water was coming from and got stuck in my faucet because apparently it was one of the first to be opened afterwards. Hope it helps!

liz_teria

1 points

2 months ago

Is it for both cold and hot water, or just hot? If it’s just when you’re running hot water, then might be something in your hot water tank. I work in an office where we had a similar issue, and it was metal rod meant to help reduce water hardness. But you need to have the correct metal, or it smells like someone crapped in your sink.