My house smells like a swimming pool!
May 6, 2009 10:11 AM Subscribe
Why does my whole house smell like a swimming pool?
posted by Zoyashka to home & garden (7 answers total)
Less than one year ago I installed a whole house water filter (Pelican PSE 1800) because I really don't like city water.
Last Friday I came home from work and when I opened the door I immediately smelled chlorine! Yuck! Nobody was home all day so faucets weren't running. (I don't own any bleach products, so no one in my house could be responsible. Unless my dog is up to no good while I'm at work.)
I can't pinpoint the source of the smell--I poked around in the crawl and didn't smell anything nor see any leaks.
The water company came and tested the water from my outdoor faucets and checked a testing station that's not too far my house. It all came back normal.
Over the past few days I noticed the smell is especially strong when I run the hot water. I wonder if somehow extra chlorine got into my water supply and is hanging out in my hot water tank? This morning I ran the hot water for 30 minutes until the tank was empty as an experiment for when I get home from work.
But until then I was curious:
Is it even physically possible that the water filter could have saved up all the chlorine it's been removing all year and suddenly released it? Preposterous I know, but it's the only explanation I can come up with.
Clearly trying to avoid calling an expensive plumber....Bring on the hypotheticals!! Thanks mucho!