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Smelly Bathroom sink


Ok , we have an 05 Keystone outback (I hate it ) . Whenever I turn the water on in the bathroom the faucet smells like puke !!! We are part time campers so honestly the only time that sink gets used is when I am washing my hands or my kids feet. Otherwise the kitchen sink is where we brush our teeth etc. Are we the only ones with this issue ?

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When is the last time you sanitized your fresh water system?

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I'm honestly not sure we purchased our camper from my grandmother, and other family members would take it out camping . How would you recommend sanitizing it

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Bet you’ve got some nasty stuff in there. 1/4 cup bleach for every ten gallons of fresh water. Shake water and bleach up. Run through all plumbing fixtures until you smell the bleach. Extra run time for bathroom. Add another 1/4 cup of bleach and refill water tank. Let it sit for 24 hours. Drain, refill and flush. Fill.

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Beyond the above, I would suggest taking apart the drain ... from the top, take off the drain pop-up stopper (you may find that you have toothpaste that has built up and/or other items, that are clogging the drain), second go into the cabinet below the sink and remove the sink trap (the U shaped piece) and clean out the trap and all the surrounding plumbing. That does the trick for us.

We regularly clean our tanks, regardless we still something experience odor from the bathroom sink ... the above is what we do when we experience odor from that sink. We also periodically put baking soda and white vinegar down the drain, to help prevent buildup in the plumbing.



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You might have a clogged vent, probably under the sink. Look under the sink and you will probably see that instead of the drain pipe going down it will "T" into a pipe that has a sink vent up high. You can get a new sink vent, also called a "PVC Air Admittance Valve", at Home Depot or another hardware store.

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LarryW21 wrote:

Bet you’ve got some nasty stuff in there. 1/4 cup bleach for every ten gallons of fresh water. Shake water and bleach up. Run through all plumbing fixtures until you smell the bleach. Extra run time for bathroom. Add another 1/4 cup of bleach and refill water tank. Let it sit for 24 hours. Drain, refill and flush. Fill.


 

Wouldn't vinegar do a fair job of sanitizing without the introduction of bleach into one's water system.  It might take more vinegar, but I think I'd like that better than having bleach there.

Terry



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bjoyce wrote:

You might have a clogged vent, probably under the sink. Look under the sink and you will probably see that instead of the drain pipe going down it will "T" into a pipe that has a sink vent up high. You can get a new sink vent, also called a "PVC Air Admittance Valve", at Home Depot or another hardware store.


 That is very likely to be the problem. The air admittance valves have a flap that opens when you dump the gray water so that the water in the trap is not sucked out by the vacuum created by the dumping. If it doesn't close properly the gray tank odor comes out of the valve.

The valves are usually hand tight and can be removed easily.



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Well we emptied the holding tank poured about a gallon of bleach into it ran it though all the lines, and the smell is gone .... we are still stumped as to why this has happened or where it is coming from . But we have solved the issue for now .

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Before the last dump of a trip consider flushing the sink and shower drains with a gallon each of fresh water delivered from a bucket.

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