Wet Sour Towel smell from well water

Old 09-22-04, 10:24 AM
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Unhappy Wet Sour Towel smell from well water

Help guys!

This has only happened in the last 3 to 4 weeks..but has become overwhelming in the last two or three days. We live in NC mountains...very wet summer here..and two hurricanes back to back in last 14 days.

We have a "wet towel" sour smell coming from the water. Mostly the hot water..but a slight smell from the cold water. We have a very deep well that the VA required them to dig when we bought this house. Never had a drop of problems out of it. We use a charcoal filtering system.

BTW..it's NOT the rotten egg smell. My uncle had sulphur water and I remember the smell very well...this truely does smell like wet sour towels.

Is this dangerous?? My husband is going to put in a new filter tonight to see if it helps!!

Thanks ahead of time,

Old 09-22-04, 10:14 PM
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Have you had your water tested? After Isabel last year we picked up a kit (they have them here at the county) and sent it off. I'm certainly no expert, but that's what I would do first. From what I've read it may still be safe to drink even though it has an odor. In any case I think you can chlorinate the water to kill any bacteria. Here are two pages on a site a quick search turned up:

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