Stale Hot Water
January 3, 2004 10:24 AM Subscribe
My hot water smells moldy (more inside)..
posted by j to Health & Fitness (8 answers total)
We just got back from a ten day vacation at the beginning of this week. I took a shower the next morning, and distinctly smelled mold. I was worried, because I thought the shower stall was leaking somehow. But then we noticed the smell at other faucets in the house (kitchen, other bath) if we used the hot water. It's been a couple days since we've been back, and there is a faint smell, still. The water looks clear. The water heater is 5-6 years old, and I've done nothing to it since it was installed. No visible signs of damage on the heater. We are located smack-dab in the middle of Austin Tx suburbia, so we're on city water.
Has anyone heard of this? Is this dangerous to us to bath, cook, wash dishes with it?
Any ideas how to remedy this? Things I've thought of:
- adding some bleach to the hot water tank
- draining the tank completely
- cranking up the heat (gas) on it (not sure what the current temp is, but it's hot enough to hurt if you run hot only)
I looked on the web, but I couldn't find anything like this.
Thanks in advance, AskMetafilter!