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battery

12:54PM | 06/09/01
Member Since: 06/08/01
4 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I have smelly hot water, no cold water smell.
I have well water, and a water softener.

Have tried installing a special aluminum, zinc and tin anode rod, but still have the problem.

Does anyone know of a cure?

There once was available a power anode rod, does anyone know if these are available anywhere?

rpxlpx

07:45AM | 06/11/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
What kind of smell?
Have you tried flushng or replacing the water heater? If it's electric, have you tried replacing the heating elements?

battery

10:55PM | 06/12/01
Member Since: 06/08/01
4 lifetime posts
rpxlpx:

The smell is caused by anaerobic bacteria.

It's an on going problem that is well known about, but a cure is hard to find.

This is a new gas water heater.

WallyV

11:09AM | 06/13/01
Member Since: 01/16/01
71 lifetime posts
I've heard that residential UV (ultraviolet) treatment systems can eliminate microscopic biological contaminants including certain anaerobes. If my memory serves me correctly, one of Bob Vila's home shows showcased one such system used to "purify" well water.

battery

10:49PM | 06/13/01
Member Since: 06/08/01
4 lifetime posts
WallyV:
I am interested in more information on residential UV (ultraviolet) treatment systems.

Can you tell me where I might look?


WallyV

07:48AM | 06/14/01
Member Since: 01/16/01
71 lifetime posts
battery,

I only vaguely recall hearing about these systems but I just did a search using www.askjeeves.com using the keyword "UV water treatment", which brought up a couple of hits.

good luck

LDoyle

06:47PM | 06/14/01
Member Since: 06/03/01
327 lifetime posts
Think ozone treatment. See http://wppinc.com/ozone.htm

LDoyle

02:17AM | 06/15/01
Member Since: 06/03/01
327 lifetime posts
Guess I ought to expand my reply. All water supplies contain contaminates (minerals, bacteria, etc). In the city, the water is treated - chlorine for bacteria. Out in the 'country', well water is seldom treated for bacteria so when you pipe it in to the 'breeding factory' (hot water heater), they thrive and multiply. This can result in unsanitary (and sometimes smelly) conditions. You need to have your water tested at the well source (input into the house) and at the output from your hot water heater. If the water input is 'acceptable' and the hot water output is not, you can 'cure' this through use of a tankless water heater and getting rid of your hot water tank. If the input water is too high in bacteria, you need some sort of water treatment. Ozone or UV are typical solutions. UV is also covered at the web site I previously referenced.

battery

08:34AM | 06/15/01
Member Since: 06/08/01
4 lifetime posts
LDoyle:

Thanks for the information.

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