Smell Coming From Kitchen Faucet

February 27, 2016

For the past two months our kitchen faucet water has started to smell like decayed organic matter. It tastes funny too. But it happens for only the first 15 seconds or so. We use the water after we let it run for first 15 seconds. We also checked all the other taps in our home, but none of the other taps smell.


We have had many plumbers come and check our water softener, water heater, and pipes. Nothing came off it. We called the county too, but they cannot help since no one in the neighborhood has complained. It looks like it is a highly localized problem only in our kitchen tap. We changed our tap too, but the smell persists. What could be the problem? Is there anything else we can do to help solve the issue?


February 28, 20160 found this helpful
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Any chance your dishwasher might be the source. Perhaps food has gotten trapped and needs to be cleaned out. If it's not food trapped in there, it could be stale water in the dishwasher lines. Run one of the cleaning packets in there.

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July 20, 2010

There is a strange detergent/chemical smell coming from the water from our kitchen faucet. The faucet is 6 months old and this has been going on for about two weeks. We have tested the faucet in every other sink in the house. No matter where we try, the water only smells when it comes out of this faucet. It is also coming out very bubbly. Both the smell and the bubbles/foam go away after it runs for a few seconds. It is worse the longer between uses. Any ideas?

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July 20, 2010

Why would there be a smell to the water coming out of my kitchen faucet, but not any other faucet in the house?

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