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Posted by Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof on January 21st, 2003 03:14 PM
In reply to Anode rod by Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof on January 21st, 2003 02:58 PM [Go to top of thread]

The sulfate reducing bacteria in the water, which creates the odor from the breakdown of the metal parts inside the water heater (including the magnesium anode rod) can be killed as well by a chlorine infusion device. The bacteria is not harmfull to health, but it is to the water heater. Typically it comes from water not treated by chlorine or chloramide. The introduction of an aluminum rod reduces the smell because it does not breakdown have the same reaction with the low voltage electrical charge in the water creating the excess hydrogen to mix with the bacteria.
Good Luck
Raymond VinZant

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