Rotten Egg Smell when hot water is run.

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      MasterPlumbers
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      I had an inspector check out a model home I’m buying in Houston, TX. They reported I that when they ran any hot water in the house, there was a strong rotten egg smell….suggested the hot water heater needed to be flushed good. What would cause this and will flushing take care of it or should I ask builder for a new hot water heater?

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      Scott Bryan
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      Kelli,
      The cause of the smell is the anode rod in the water heater. In most cases it can be fixed by replacing the anode rod with a different material.

      Scott

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