06:47AM | 06/01/05
Member Since: 05/31/05
1 lifetime posts
Purchased new electric water heater 8 years ago and hot water started to smell. Was told I had to increase temp of heater and clorinate system. With a special water treatment sytem because of the well it seemed like a big chore, so I put up with the slight smell and never did the clorination. Now I did a remodel and replaced 2 upstairs vanities,sinks and faucets. Now both hot and cold water from these faucets really smells until water is run for a minute.

I need to finally fix it right. Need advice.


05:01AM | 06/09/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
Water smells are caused by different impurities in the water. Some well waters have iron, magnesium, bacteria, swamp water and other water that has infiltrated the water table. If it was me I would have the water tested by a lab.

A couple of thoughts though. Some smells are caused by the water heater. Inside the water heater is a magnesium rod that prevents corrosion to the inside of the water heater. Often times the iron or iron bacteria react with the rod and produce a smell in the water. The way to eliminate this is to install an aluminum annode rod (rather than magnesium). Aluminum doesn't react with the iron.

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.
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