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Jetstreamer

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Isn’t the sulfur smell a product of iron content in the water?
I have an iron filter on my well system and without it I have sulfur smelling water...

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The only thing I can suggest that would be cheap is to buy a aquarium air pump, a cheap one. With an air stone and some tubing. You can put that in the bottom of a container to speed up the aeration process.

But there is no cheap way to treat a pressurized system that I know of. It would require a flowmeter, computerized metering pump, and a sensor feedback system for H2S. Each one of those components would probably be well over a thousand dollars plus you'd have to get the training to operate them since they are not simple.

I can imagine a cheap system to degas water before using it to fill your water tank. Batch treatment in other words. But that would require lots of operator time. And some tankage outside the camper. You'd duplicate the system I describe above used to process drinking water.


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Jetstreamer wrote:

Isn’t the sulfur smell a product of iron content in the water?
I have an iron filter on my well system and without it I have sulfur smelling water...


No, Sulfur is Sulfur a yellow solid and Iron is that metal we all know. Iron Reducing bacteria and sulfate reducing bacteria will produce Hydrogen Sulfide as a byproduct of eating iron and yes then there will also be iron dissolved in the water. These are anaerobic bacteria and can only live in the absence of oxygen. Some people think they are the remnants of ancient life here on earth before the atmosphere was filled with oxygen. No they are forced into tiny biomes where there is no O2. Like underneath corrosion (aka rust) layers.

The situation is more complicated than I describe above but I tried to simplify it.

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Jetstreamer wrote:

Isn’t the sulfur smell a product of iron content in the water?
I have an iron filter on my well system and without it I have sulfur smelling water...


Yes I think so I have a whole house system- but obviously not a powerful enough one

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agesilaus wrote:

Jetstreamer wrote:

Isn’t the sulfur smell a product of iron content in the water?
I have an iron filter on my well system and without it I have sulfur smelling water...


No, Sulfur is Sulfur a yellow solid and Iron is that metal we all know. Iron Reducing bacteria and sulfate reducing bacteria will produce Hydrogen Sulfide as a byproduct of eating iron and yes then there will also be iron dissolved in the water. These are anaerobic bacteria and can only live in the absence of oxygen. Some people think they are the remnants of ancient life here on earth before the atmosphere was filled with oxygen. No they are forced into tiny biomes where there is no O2. Like underneath corrosion (aka rust) layers.

The situation is more complicated than I describe above but I tried to simplify it.


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I had the sulfur smell. Changed the water heater anode and gave the water heater a good flush. No more sulfur smell.


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If you use the fresh water tank on the trailer you could simply use a fairly large aquarium pump to aerate the water and the excess air could escape out the vent. Not sure how long it would take but it would be your cheapest solution. You could leave the filler cap off for better air evacuation.

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azdryheat wrote:

I had the sulfur smell. Changed the water heater anode and gave the water heater a good flush. No more sulfur smell.


This is where I’d start. If your WH in the fifth wheel has an anode rod (Suburban?) I’d try a new one. While it’s out, give the WH a good flush. If you fifth wheel sits a long time between use drain the WH.


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keymastr wrote:

If you use the fresh water tank on the trailer you could simply use a fairly large aquarium pump to aerate the water and the excess air could escape out the vent. Not sure how long it would take but it would be your cheapest solution. You could leave the filler cap off for better air evacuation.


That's a good idea, tho I'd give the water heater fix a try first

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In our area we have this problem. The man at the plumbing store said just remove the anode from the water heater. It has been smell free now for almost 30 years. I have also heard that a Zinc anode will eliminate the smell while still giving you the protection of a anode.


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