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July 11, 2011
Plumbing News

Hot Water Smells?

Hot Water Smells

Hot water odors from your tank type water heater explained;

The water heater is equipped with magnesium or aluminum anode rod designed to prolong the life of the glass lined tank. The anode rod is slowly consumed, thereby eliminating or minimizing corrosion of the glass lined tank, and much like the zinc or magnesium plate on an outboard motor protects the aluminum motor from corrosion.

Water sometimes contains a high sulfate and/or mineral content and together with cathodic protection process can produce a hydrogen sulfide, or rotten egg odor in the heated water. Replacement of the Anode rod and chlorination of the water supply should minimize the problem.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORSean Hasle

Sean Hasle is a third-generation plumber and he and his family have been serving the South Florida area since 1957. He is a licensed plumbing, underground utility, and fire contractor. Sean is married with two young boys and he spends time giving back to the community through Rotary International and coaching his son's little league baseball.

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