Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: SouthCentral LA
Re: Hot water tank stinks
The anode is there as a 'sacrificial' metal, so that corrosive water will eat it instead of the lining of the tank. They make one out of magnesium that is designed to help out with hydrogen sulphide disolved in the water. There's also a bleach treatment you can try. You put 1.5 pints of bleach for a 50 gal heater & let it sit over night. But, if the H2S is coming from bacteria then you'll have to do it again at some point in the future.
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