1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

July 31, 2008

:213 Sacrificial Anode Type

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

1:5:10:213 EcoTip: The type of sacrificial anode you have in your hot water heater can help eliminate any rotten egg odor coming from your hot water. Unfortunately this generally means using an aluminum/zinc anode instead of the more typical magnesium anode. You should never drink water from your hot water heater. Instead heat your water on the stove or other method designed for drinking purposes.

 

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Suggested Review: :212

For more information about rotten egg odors and your water heater take a look at the Water Heater Rescue website at:

 http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Troubleshooting/stinky-water-in-hot-water-heaters.html

To learn almost everything there is to know about water heaters – I recommend Larry and Suzanne’s book “The Water Heater Workbook” published by Elemental Enterprises, PO Box 928, Monterey, CA, 93942, 408-394-7077

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July 29, 2008

:211 Muck-Vac

Filed under: :211 Muck-Vac — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:34 am

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

1:5:10:211 EcoTip: If there is too much sediment build-up and flushing doesn’t work, some plumbers have a system called the Muck-Vac which can be used to vacuum sludge from the tank. This helps remove the hiding places for the bacteria that can cause the rotten egg odor and helps eliminate the rumbling and popping noises.

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Suggested Review: :203, :208, :209, :210

The Muck-Vac was developed by Larry and Suzanne Weingarten, of Elemental Enterprises in Seaside, California. The inside of the water heater is accessed by unscrewing the sacrificial anode from the top of the tank. (tomorrow’s EcoTip is about this anode)

The Muck-Vac`s sucks out the sludge through a filter which traps the sediment. The water is then pumped back into the tank.

To learn almost everything there is to know about water heater’s I recommend Larry and Suzanne’s book “The Water Heater Workbook” published by Elemental Enterprises, PO Box 928, Monterey, CA, 93942, 408-394-7077

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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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Suggested Review: :203, :208

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July 26, 2008

:208 Bacteria in Water Heater

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

1:5:10:208 EcoTip:If the rotten egg smell is coming from your hot water, it is likely your water heater is contaminated with bacteria that are producing the rotten egg – sulphur odor. This generally involves several considerations which with be covered in the 1:5:10:365 EcoTips for the next several days.

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Suggested Review: :203

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July 21, 2008

:203 Rotten Egg Odor

Filed under: :203 Rotten Egg Odor — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 5:49 am

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

1:5:10:203 EcoTip: A rotten egg – sulpher like odor coming from the sink may be your sinks drain or your hot water heater. To test and figure out which it is – run some hot water into a glass. Step away from the sink and swirl the water then sniff it – kind of like checking the quality of wine. If the rotten egg smell is in the water then the problem is probably your hot water heater. If its not in the glass of water, it is probably your septic drain.

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Tomorrow I will begin discussing these problems cause and solution.

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