Foul odor from sump

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  1. Michael Pietrangelo

    Michael Pietrangelo Member

    47
    Jul 15, 2020
    2006 290 Sundancer
    5.0 ltr
    Hello People!!
    I have a 2006 Sundancer 290. I getting an awful smell from the area under my main cabin floor. There is a “crock” that collect water from galley sink, AC condensate and head sink/shower. I have been battling a really bad smell all season. I have thoroughly cleaned in the clear tank as well as the surrounding area. Poured bleach in and around the holding “tank” and used holding pan condensate tablets in this area as well
    As the AC drip pan.
    Does anybody have any idea where it’s coming from or what I can do to rectify?,,

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Mike, I'd suggest pouring bleach down your sink drains and the shower drain. The foul smell may be coming from the hoses that feed that sump. Bleach is cheap so don't be stingy with it. Then let it sit in the lines and sump for a day or two before you rinse it out.

    If the smell is coming from your AC I can't help you with that. AC systems are above my pay grade.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. Michael Pietrangelo

    Michael Pietrangelo Member

    47
    Jul 15, 2020
    2006 290 Sundancer
    5.0 ltr
    Thank you!!!! I will give that a try.
     
  4. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    852
    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer 2006, Garmin 7612, xHD Radome
    Merc 496 Mags
    Bravo III Drives
    You can also use white vinegar. Same procedure. I also pour pine sol (fragrance of your choice) down my shower drain and ac pan a few times a season. Keeps them clean and smelling fresh. As part of winterizing, I pour down all drains and put cork in thru hull when it starts coming out and let it sit for a few hours and then flush with pink antifreeze. Have maintained 0 odor in 3 boats over the past 15 years. When recommissioning, fill fresh water tank half way with 50/50 white vinegar and water, run all faucets until you can smell the vinegar. Let sit for a few hours then rinse very well with plain water. Then fill with water and treatment/conditioner of your choice. No smell at all. Many on here have their preferred methods that work equally as well. This procedure has worked for me for many years.
     
  5. Michael Pietrangelo

    Michael Pietrangelo Member

    47
    Jul 15, 2020
    2006 290 Sundancer
    5.0 ltr
    Thank you so much!!!
     
  6. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    If the smell persists it may be that you have deteriorated head system lines. Even though you don't see any actual leaks the odor will make its way through the hose wall and fittings. I've had a couple of friends have these issues on similar year boats and once they replaced the lines, no odor! Mine is a 2006 and so far all is well but I'm sure that is a project in my near future. I had foul smelling sump issues in the past and simply cleaning it out solved the smell, I'd be suspecting the black water hoses.
    Carpe Diem
     
  7. Michael Pietrangelo

    Michael Pietrangelo Member

    47
    Jul 15, 2020
    2006 290 Sundancer
    5.0 ltr
    Thank you my friend!
     

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