Sulfer Rotten Egg smell after running water....

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by 87vertgt, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. 87vertgt

    87vertgt New Member

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    Thanx for looking guys ;)


    So there hasnt been water running for about 6 weeks.....so I am hoping the smell will go away soon?
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  2. 87vertgt

    87vertgt New Member

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    so i looked into this and it appears my new water boiler is the culprit...i was told to swap out the existing aluminum rod for a magnisem rod.....i did...but i compared the two and it appears that my water boiler came with a magisem rod from the factory...what do you think?


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  3. cougfan

    cougfan In the Trades

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    Usually they come in magnesium from the man.Two different styles in the photo also,are you installing two of them?You should also drain the tank and get as much of the deposits out of it as possible and even pull the boiler drain to flush out the big chunks.
  4. 87vertgt

    87vertgt New Member

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    installing just one....

    ya think i should swap to a aluminum one then?
  5. cougfan

    cougfan In the Trades

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    You don't want an aluminum anode rod only as that will smell to high heaven you need an aluminum/zinc one and the zinc is the key ingredient.The other cure is to put a couple pints of hydrogen peroxide in the tank and flush it out that will cure the problem until the next time the tank sits for a while.
  6. 87vertgt

    87vertgt New Member

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    Did i mention the water heater is new?

    also, where do i get a Zinc one at? thanx
  7. cougfan

    cougfan In the Trades

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    thought the old one didn't seem to have much wear,try a plumbing supply house if they don't have one they can order it,also they need to be changed every few years so buy a couple extra and flush the tank yearly and it'll last alot longer
  8. 87vertgt

    87vertgt New Member

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    i'am having a hard time finding the Zinc bar....I am gonna just remove the bar thats in there right now...then order the zinc bar and install it when ever it comes in...

    Also, I will try Superclorineation

    anyone have sucess with this?
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