What's making my tap water smell weird?
October 7, 2012 8:23 AM Subscribe
What could be the cause of this distressing chemical smell in my tap water?
posted by GastrocNemesis to home & garden (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Yesterday I noticed that my water (both in bathroom and kitchen sink, and the toilet) has turned sort of yellowish and is giving off a strong chemical smell. It definitely doesn't smell like chlorine. Googling keeps turning up sulfur as a possibility but I don't think that's it, I don't really know what rotten eggs smell like but I'm pretty sure it's not this. It smells chemical, maybe like paint or glue or something solvent-y. Of note, the onset of this smell coincided with some weird gurgling and noise with running the sink and flushing the toilet.
There's construction happening next door, so my suspicion is it's somehow related to that, but I don't know enough about plumbing to figure out how their activities would be affecting my apartment. They are in the stage now where the building is done and they are working inside, presumably getting the plumbing set up, and painting and gluing things with gross chemicals. I saw a bucket of tile adhesive sitting outside yesterday.
The other thing, though, is that it recently got colder and this water stuff started happening the same day I turned my heater back on. My electricity has been wacky since I started using the heater again too. I can't see how this would be related to the water thing, but it is weird that it all happened at the same time, unless the building next door is affecting both my electricity and my water. Anyway, it crossed my mind that maybe the change in my water could be somehow due to the temperature change but I don't know how. I thought temperature-related water changes were more organic stuff, like algae blooms or muddy/murky stuff.
So, any ideas as to what the hell might be going on? I know I should call my landlord/ water company but I have a really hectic week going on right now and I was planning to just buy a couple gallons of water and postpone dealing with this for a day or two and see if it just resolves on its own. (I have NOT been using my water for anything since this started.) I'm mostly just throwing this out there to see if it sounds familiar to anyone, since googling didn't get me any answers. In particular I want to know how likely it is that this is related to the construction and if so how, so maybe I can speak directly to them about it. Any ideas?