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Old 07-19-2015, 12:10 PM   #1
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Hot water smells like something died

When I winterized I did not bypass my water heater. De-winterized at the beginning of the season and my hot water smells absolutely disgusting. Ive flushed the system enough that the water is running clear but I cannot get rid of the smell. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-19-2015, 12:32 PM   #2
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Try heating a vinegar/water mix in the tank followed by sanitizing (cold) with bleach. During the very first trip we took in our TT, I got a tank full of bad well water. I tried flushing, sanitizing, TastePURE... We could always taste and smell it. A year later, I was about to re-plumb all the tubing and replace the HWT. This was my last shot at redemption....I followed the instructions I found here. I tripled the time it suggested and it worked. It uses a lot of vinegar, luckily my local Costco carries gallon jugs in a two pack. I can finally use the water to make coffee or pasta and not catch a whiff of it in the final product!
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Old 07-19-2015, 12:50 PM   #3
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Thanks! I'll search for that recipe.
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:17 PM   #4
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Perhaps that dead mouse is still in your water heater!
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