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    Has anybody had an issue with their water tank smelling like sulfur. Recently our 750 gallon tank started to smell like sulfur. After numerous flushes the odor comes back in about two weeks. The water actually starts to turn a grayish/black. We have never encountered this odor before. The only thing that we have done differently since we put this 2003 in service is that we changed our A foam cell over to F-500 in December 2007. I have doubts that this is leaking into the tank because the water isn't foaming up. If so can F-500 go bad when mixed/leaked into the tank in small amounts.

    I have my doubts.

    Or did we just get some bad hydrant water and something is growing inside?

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    Add two cups of Bleach to the tank after a fill and that should clear up any issues, I've never heard of anything like this from a tank

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    Sulfur is a common ground water issue in this area from deep wells, and if we fill off the stations well you can get that rotten egg sulfur smell, Which is much nicer then what the tank smells like after drafting at some farm ponds in the area.

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    Lots of years ago we had some tank saver that "grew" in the tank after a couple of weeks and smelled like rotten eggs and the water turned dark. A few years ago a salesman gave us some new great foam, I can not remember the name, that worked for class A and polar B fires that did the same thing but also made the water slimey after a short time if even a small amount got into the tank. Our city water guy said it was a fungus or algae that was growing in the tank and dying and that allowed more to grow and die and as the cycle continued the smell got worse.

    We quit using the tank saver and use Silvex foam and have no smell unless we refill from a stinky water source, and then we just refill the tank with city water and we are fine.

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    Do you have a metal or poly tank? If metal Have you checked the anodes in your tank to see if they are breaking down?
    They are there to sacrifice themselves against electrolysis eating the tank.

    our water always smells because it comes from , and has frogs and small fish in it for pump lubrication. We call it heavy water for it's ability to stick to things

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    Quote Originally Posted by captaincvfd View Post
    Which is much nicer then what the tank smells like after drafting at some farm ponds in the area.
    Ain't that the best smell in the world at 2am!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire0099881 View Post
    Ain't that the best smell in the world at 2am!!!!
    Its not bad as long as you don't take your mask off

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    Quote Originally Posted by captaincvfd View Post
    Its not bad as long as you don't take your mask off
    Quit it guys.....your making me thirsty
    Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)

    Aggressive does not have to equal stupid.

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    It's the iron in the water. If you have an anode it will speed up the process. Simply add a small amount of bleach, turn the corner 4 times and put away (or circulate the tank), problem solved.

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