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Old 05-16-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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I have a 10 gallon electric HWT in a Chiropractors office that is 2 years old. Bad rotten egg smell.

This is treated municipal water.

Drain and change anode rod?

What could cause this?
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Bacteria cause it.
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Is it on hot only? Then it's the anode . If both hot and cold problem with incoming water call your municplaity
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SRB, Sulfate Reducing Bacteria. You can drain a little water from the w.h. and pour in some hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit overnight. Once it's colonized, you might have to do it on a maintenance basis.
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I have a 10 gallon electric HWT in a Chiropractors office that is 2 years old. Bad rotten egg smell.

This is treated municipal water.

Drain and change anode rod?

What could cause this?







Two options:

1) Turn temperature of W/H up to 140 F or,
2) Chlorinate the tank.

Either way, you'll have to draw that hot water to all the hot taps and let it sit for at least (1) hour to kill the hydrogen sulfide (bacteria).

www.Rheem.com has tech tips.
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You can also install a chlorine injection pump. Spits a small amount of chlorine periodically into the incoming water.

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We see this all the time. Could be the way the make up of the water reacts to the anode rod. Try changing the rod from magnesium to aluminium or if its a aluminum rod in there change it to magnesium. Then treat the water with a full bottle of hydrogen peroxide
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