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Does your water smell in your pipes? Or did someone recently make rotten eggs?

Recently we had a call come in that has inspired this blog post. The customer has an issue where in her bathroom, the two sinks smell like rotten eggs when running the hot water. It doesn’t smell when running the cold water and it is only in the bathroom, not in the kitchen sink or other rooms.

Our plumbing technician, without being able to look at the problem at their location, surmises that it’s theĀ magnesium anode going bad in the water heater. He’ll confirm that with a follow up visit.

Replacing your anode rod at regular intervals may increase the life of your water heater, saving you money, time and the inconvenience of having to replace your water heater.

Top 7 reasons to replace your anode rod:

  • Your hot water starts smelling like “rotten eggs”
  • You want your water heater to last a long time
  • It will cost you less to replace the anode rod than your water heater
  • Water softeners can accelerate anode rod corrosion
  • The water heater makes loud or multiple popping noises when heating up
  • Your water heater is more than 5 years old
  • Your faucet aerators seem to clog more frequently

Call your local City Wide Plumber at 480-966-8795 if you need help diagnosing your smells or you would like more information. Thank you!

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