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Old 02-08-2015, 10:27 PM   #11
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The wands are a great way to get the tank clean. I think the guy in the video only descales with vinegar once a year. He also has some good info on the anodes. I didn't know that they have different anodes depending on the chemistry of your water. Apparently if you notice the anode deteriorating too rapidly, you should change it for an Aluminum and Zinc one that lasts longer. I also like the idea of having a spare.
To me if the anode rod is deteriorating quickly it means the water is very aggressive. Switching to aluminum just gives it a chance to attack the tank instead of the rod.
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That's why it's called a sacrificial metal. It's supposed to corrode, instead of the tank.
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Old 02-08-2015, 11:16 PM   #13
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About half of the video was how to "sterlize" the water system using white vinegar.
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I think the guy in the video only descales with vinegar once a year.
I refuse to sit through seemingly endless videos with the same information that would fit in a well-written page that can be read in a minute or two, so I don't know what he really said he was using vinegar for (sterilize, descale, both?). You're not sterilizing anything with vinegar, and I doubt it can even effectively sanitize anything; descaling makes more sense. You might want to just use CLR or a similar consumer descaling product - and rinse thoroughly afterward, of course.
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It was for removing scale. Sanitizing is just cleaning and running the water till its clear.
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My tankless water heater manual says use white vinegar for annual flushing.
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That's why it's called a sacrificial metal. It's supposed to corrode, instead of the tank.
Exactly Glenn. Its supposed to last about a year. Apparently the Magnesium anodes work for most water, but the Aluminum/Zinc ones work in situations where the Magnesium doesn't last the year. I guess you don't really know which is best until you've run the unit with your local water for awhile.

I also like the idea that the zinc in the alloy anode helps remove sulfur smell from the water if you live in an area prone to it.
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Old 02-08-2015, 11:37 PM   #17
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Here's mine after 6+ years. I don't know what it is made of. Came with.
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It was for removing scale. Sanitizing is just cleaning and running the water till its clear.
Thanks. "Sanitizing" usually means killing pathogens, not just washing them out, but I suppose if washing is thorough enough then it is making the tank sanitary.
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I looked this up some time ago. Comes from a home brew site.

Seems to be some confusion between the 2 terms. So, in an effort to
clear it up, here are a couple of definitions to keep in mind:

Sanitize - to render sanitary, or free from elements, such as filth or
pathogens, that endanger health. This does not mean ALL possible
microorganisms, etc, but MOST. Sanitizing does not remove ALL bacteria,
microorganisms, etc.

Sterilize - to render sterile, or to make free from ALL live bacteria or
other microorganisms. Kind of a "total kill" of everything.

Something that is sterilized can also be considered sanitary, but
something that is sanitized is not sterile.

You know. Like a kayak is a canoe, but a canoe may not be a kayak.
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Here's mine after 6+ years. I don't know what it is made of. Came with.
You can rest safe in the knowledge that Vancouver has GOOD water then Glenn. The stock anodes are the magnesium type -- which aren't supposed to last as long. Something tells me our high mineral water isn't going to give the same results.
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