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How To Get Rid of Rotten Egg Smell in Your Hot Water

all right this is a cell family dad and

today I'm going to show you how to get

rid of rotten egg smelling water like

the water of you home

I hate it movin don't we yummy when I

think ours


all right so ever since we moved into

this new house the first thing we

noticed was this awful smelling water

hot water especially really has a rotten

egg smell to it

I did a little research a few months ago

and just kind of figure out what the

cause of this was and it turns out that

it's actually kind of a common thing

with certain conditions and water where

you get an interval with bacteria that

grows in the water heater the bacteria

is completely harmless to you but

unfortunately it causes the reaction

with the magnesium anode rods in the

water heater that creates the hydrogen

sulfide which smells awful more like

rotten eggs or solver and so that's what

we need to solve today water softening

will not take this out we have a water

softener here in fact the water

softening from what I understand can

actually make those the probable of a

worse of once we soften the water it

actually causes it to kind of amplify

the effect so what we need to do is

change out the anode rod now there's

lots of options out there

um I've chose to go with a powered anode

rod and I'll show you what I have here

and then we'll get into to getting this

change down okay so what I have here is

a powered anode rod this is going to

replace the magnesium or aluminum a no

rabbits in there currently I purchased

this on Amazon you can get them lots of

places but I found this to be one of the

highest rated and the lowest cost so

I'll put a link in the description of

the video to this so if you have this

issue you can jump over and find it

easily so this one basically this is

what a rod looks like it's pretty basic

here and it comes with a power adapter

and that you just have to plug in feed

you have to have an outlet or you could

run a small extension cord rubber near

it but usually you have a knot with your

water heater anyway so and this just

plugs into the top of the anode rod

to get insult this is like point three

watts I think so we're not talking a lot

you know a lot of power consumption here

so it's not a big deal but this should

eliminate that rotten egg smell we're

taking the magnesium aluminum anode out

of there and so we shouldn't have that

reaction in the water any longer

replacing the analogue should be fairly

easy however whenever we dig into

plumbing project like this there's

always lots of things that can go wrong

so we'll see how it turns out here but I

will take you through step by step so we

can get this and stuff now the first

thing you need to do is locate your cold

water input here your cold water source

we have a well so usually the next year

expansion tank is some type of a low and

we're going to go ahead and shut this

off I will tell you that sometimes when

you shut these valves off they will leak

a little bit I wouldn't worry too much

about that it might just have to do a

towel underneath it or something for a

little while but the hardness of water

usually will seal a seal the leak up the

drip up after few days so we'll worry

too much about that once we get the

water shut off we're going to go ahead

and locate the drain on the water here

okay so there's a couple ways we can go

about this here we have an electric

water heater so first step is obviously

turning the water heater off I have mine

turned off at the breaker if you have a

gas water heater you obviously want to

make sure that your your incoming gas is

turned off in your your gas valve or the

water heater itself is turned off

so it's not hiring up while you're

trying to work out in here we have a

little bit of a different system here we

have a wood burner that keeps all of our

water until things might look a little

different here because we have the that

setup but generally down here at the

bottom somewhere you're going to find

some type of a valve usually coming

right out of the side of the water here

is the drain ball now you can drain

drain the tank all the way or part way

you really only need to get the level of

the water you know just down below the

surface here because we're going to be

working just at the top of it you could

also just run a lower hot water tap if

the other think that is at a lower level

of the house so you can get the level of

the water down down below the top there

you also want to open a hot water tap on

a sink or something somewhere in the

house preferably at an upper level so

that you get the water you know the air

kind of let the water flow all the way

out of the pipes and you don't have a

bunch of water in the pipes which will

cause problems when you take that right


all right the wall that's green out here

going to locate the override for the top

here usually larger plastic cover and

you'd pry that up with a screwdriver

I'm also going to use a vacuum to clean

out all the film shavings that are in

the hole because I don't want to I don't

want to let we don't want all that

falling in our or hot water when we take

them out okay so to take a an errata out

you're going to need a couple things

here this is a an inch and a sixteenth

socket the instructions running up a

five inch and a six which doesn't exist

as far as I know so inch and a sixteenth

is the right one to take these this

thing in a lot in as far as I know that

all standards on I also have an

extension here for my half inch drive

socket wrench and you also have this I

use for all kinds of stuff

I just bought a piece of 3/4 pipe and I

kind of rammed the handle of a extra

socket wrench in there and this is just

a leverage bar and you're definitely

going to need this to break that thing

free because it is kurodo right in there

so once we have a have this all together

here we'll go ahead and get that inner

rod out

okay so here's the anode rod so what is

an animal rod basically as far as I know

they're in all water heaters electric or

gas and this helps to prevent corrosion

in the actual water heater itself so

those tank walls and heating elements

and all that good stuff fittings

they will not corrode this is like a

sacrificial rod and so generally they're

made out of magnesium as far as I

understand it there are some other other

ones as well

I think the new one we're putting in is

titanium and so and so again doesn't

react with the water and create that

hydrogen sulphide gas it smells awful

and so you can see this one is all

pitted and you know starting to come

apart and you know that that's what it's

supposed to do really it's supposed to

dissolve over time you are supposed to

replace this in water heaters from time

to time I don't know if it's five or ten

years I have to look that up but if you

have a sheet rolled water heater and

they want to look into it just replace a

nano rod anyway so anyway so that's the

old one because any woman

okay so applying teflon tape the little

things right it's easy but you can you

step on paper you can use pipe dope but

I actually like bike double-a butter so

easy to put on but teflon tape those two

things it lubricates the threads and

makes it so that they will you can tight

it down easier you actually get it a

little tighter so it makes a better seal

and it also helps to seal the threads as

well makes there's no leak okay so the

direction you put the tape on is what's

important and if we were to put it on

this way and wrap it all around we would

end up with the end of the tape sitting

right here where we want to run it in

that and the tapes going to catch on the

threads and peel it backwards we don't

want that so if you always start looking

down the threads with your tape on the

left-hand side

you're looking down the threads it will

always be correct you'll always end up

with the end of the tape on the right

side so just remember that start with

the tape on your left-hand side and then

just once you get started keep some

tension on it and then just pin it on

you want to be nice and tight you

tighten it

you want to kind of sink it into the

threads there so that you get you want

to pack too much in there but we think

it in the threads there and you'll get a

nice even turn when you thread it down

that's probably 20 so make sure you

thread it covered and we're good to go

let's get this put it this actually

takes a inch and 3/8 not yet on the top

there to put this in but it sticks up

enough at the top here where we

shouldn't we should need to use two by a

socket because I don't have an inch and

3/8 socket so we're going to get it

started here and then I'll use


adjustable wrench you

fully sighted in here

but this the rigid head

adjustable wrench and planes because

it's actually got a bow the hash marks

on it even adjust it ahead of time to

the right ties go from there or you can

actually measure your bolt and D how big

it is

alright looks like we are right back in

business here everything is installed

and ready to rock so I'm not going to

plug this in until we get the water back

in the pink so I'm going to go ahead and

turn our water back on here and I will

open up a hot water faucet and the

furthest away and bathroom of the house

make sure they get filled back up with

water we got hot water coming back

through which means the tank is full at

that point we're ready to plug in our

new and old Rob

alright guys that pretty much wraps it

up for this one I'm installing a new

handle rod actually wasn't very hard at

all didn't run into any major problems

which sometimes happens when you're

dealing with pulling stuff and it works

so much better the water doesn't smell

like rotten eggs anymore it's just so

nice to take a hot shower and not want a


so we're very happy for that and the

kids especially complained relentlessly

about this issue are now happy so that's

the most important thing right but the

overall project was though it was a

success again I will put links to all

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everything on Amazon even a lot of tools

and stuff like that

I found cheaper than a lot of big-box

stores I try to find stuff made in

America and a lot of times I can

research that online and look at

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