1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

July 27, 2008

:209 Water Heater Sediment

Filed under: :209 Water Heater Sediment — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 7:28 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:209 EcoTip: Sediment build-up in the bottom of hot water heaters can provide a place for bacteria to grow. Some types of bacteria that grow in hot water heaters make them smell like rotten eggs.


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  1. Hi,
    Do you have a recommendation for a passive dehumidifier? My son’s breathing is really irritated by this filthy air, dust mites, pollen, etc. I understand a dehumidifier will fry all this (and that, conversely, a humidifier will create a breeding ground). Is there any way to do this without plugging in a machine and becoming its slave?

    Thanks in advance.

    Terry Thometz

    Comment by terry — March 7, 2009 @ 6:33 am

    • Hi Terry,

      I am not aware of any passive dehumidifiers that are being manufactured, but there may be other ways help get your humidity under control. I’m going to need some additional information about your home in order to help.

      What part of the world are you in?
      What is the type of construction? (ie brick, concrete block, wood frame…)
      What is the type of foundation? (ie basement, concrete slab, raised foundation)

      Mositure control can help limit dust mites, mold and bacteria but won’t help with pollen or other types of “filthy air”.

      Let’s work through this and see if we can come up with a passive solution so that your home can work with you and not against you.

      Comment by John Banta — March 15, 2009 @ 7:56 am

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