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Old 09-05-2020, 21:02   #1
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Stinky head

The head has a definite offensive odour. Not the tank, new and not used. Hoses are relatively new, all proper design and materials. How do you get rid of the odour?
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Where specifically in the head does the odor seem to be coming from--the toilet? Or is it just generally throughout the head? Is it purely a "sewer" odor...or is there any "swamp" or anything else with it?

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Cannot pin it down. Whole compartment smells.
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Re: Stinky head

You are missing something. Properly installed heads with high quality materials do not smell, especially when new and unused as stated.

Peggie Hall is the doyenne of doo-doo, and has written a book "Get rid of head odors.". You may want to buy it via Amazon and narrow the question a bit. You haven't given much to work with so it's hard to help.

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Head Mistress, Princess of Poop and now Doyenne of Doo-Doo, what ever her title, buy the book. Sorry Peggie, please donít kill me.

Do you flush with fresh water from your tank or with raw water? If you flush with raw water itís not uncommon for flora and fauna to get into the rim at the top of the bowl and rot. It can really stink and will drive you crazy looking for the source.
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Go to "A Little Shout-Out to Peggy Hall" https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ll-233959.html read the posts and buy her book. You'll sort out your problem lickety-split with Peggy. Link to her book is in her signature; just click on her name.

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Re: Stinky head

The two most common sources of odor that's confined to the head are

1. If the toilet uses sea water, micro--and/or not so micro--animal and/or veggie sea life may have gotten sucked into the flush water intake line where they have died and decayed. Black flecks in the flush water are one indication. Or, if the odor is only present with the first first flush after the boat has sat for a few days and goes away with a bit of flushing, it may just be stagnant sea water.

The cure: a bucket full of water to which you've added a quart of distilled white vinegar....disconnect the toilet intake line from the thru-hull (close the seacock first!)...stick it in the bucket and pump the entire bucketfull through the toilet. It may be necessary to repeat. If you spend a lot of time in shallow water that has a lot of bottom vegetation, it may be advisable to install a strainer in the intake line.

2. A shower sump in need of a serious cleaning is a very common source of odor that's present only in the head. Shower water is full of bacteria, soap scum, hair, body oils, dirt etc that can turn the sump into a stinky primordial soup, filling the head with odor via the shower drain.
The cure: clean the sump. It doesn't have to require any manual labor...a "dose" of No-Flex Digestor down the shower drain when it can remain in the sump at least overnight, followed by flushing it out with plenty of clean FRESH water should do the job.

A third possible source is odor from the toilet discharge line. If you haven't replaced the joker valve in at least a year, a new one will block it.


For more information, you might also consider taking a look at my book...see link in my signature here (just click on the title)...


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It is salt water flush and am willing to bet the vinegar trick will do it! Will do that today, thank you.
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Let me know whether it does solve the problem. If something that isn't even close to "micro" has made it all the way into the channel in the rim of the bowl, it may not...we once had to remove the remains of a baby octopus that were no longer intact...not fun!


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