This is a real thread... So Jake, any ideas on why new pipe and faucets have a bleach smell to them?? I put in a new hose spigot on the side of my house, and whenver I use it, the water is overpoweringly bleach smelling. In fact, I even think it's so bleachy it's eating away at the hose, it's bulging in wierd places. I at first thought it was the spray nozzle I had on the hose, so I ignored it, except: I put a new sink in our functional bathroom last week, everything new from the shutoff valve under the floor to the fixture, and I'm starting to smell bleach when I run that water for a while (shaving or something). There are 3 soldered joints in the outdoor spigot, and 4 soldered joints in each (hot/cold) of the new sink. All are using the same original 10 ft 1/2" copper (cut up, obviously), the same solder type, same flux. So whatta ya know? Is there some coating I should've removed from the pipes? Is there something funky about the flux or solder (both are plumbing grades)? Is this totally out of left feild and you never heard of anything like it?