Modern science provides us with conveniences that society often takes for granted. Your home’s hot water heater is a prime example of this. When that gas or electric water heater is working at full capacity, nobody seems to notice. However, when something goes awry, chaos often ensues. The same can be said for the anode rod residing at the top of your water tank. This handy tool releases sacrificial anodes that are eaten up in water instead of the metal interior of the tank. Without it, your unit can quickly become dilapidated and unrepairable. If you are in need of a Los Angeles water heater specialist, you’ve come to the right place! All Star Plumbing & Rooter provides a comprehensive set of services, from water heater installation to removal.


Last time, we looked at a couple different types of anode rods that can be used to protect your tank. Today, we’ll discuss two more types and how they can help or harm your home’s water supply.


Combining Metals


One viable option for the home is an anode rod that is composed of zinc and aluminum (and sometimes tin). For people who have issues with odorous water, this option can provide a sturdy solution. Zinc is a natural inhibitor of bacteria, which goes a long way in reducing that signature rotten egg smell that can plague water supplies. It is important to remember, though, that this option still consists of roughly 90% aluminum. While sturdy and aroma-reducing, the alleged health risks are still present. Additionally, this rod takes the prize for being the most costly option.


Electric Cathodic Protection


Science can be a helpful ally in the fight against corrosion, and using an impressed current system can do much to keep your tank protected. An electric charge is used to activate and attract the corrosive elements that cause rust. The first thing people notice about this option is the price. Powered currents present a high cost up front, yet it may be worth it. These anode rods do not require replacement due to the lack of corrosion that occurs. However, cleaning can be required to maintain a good connection and powerful enough charge. Larger buildings tend to use this option due to the increased risk of corrosion and rust problems.


Flexible Anode Rods


This option can actually be comprised of different metal types that are used in the cathodic protection process. Although more costly than the average option, flexible rods are perfect for maneuvering in a tight space. The versatility of flexible rods makes them an attractive option for a number of situations. Is your aluminum rod simply stuck on top of the tank? This product can be used to supplement faulty anode rods.


No matter what type of anode rod you use, it is important to keep tabs on its condition. Otherwise, your costly electric or gas water heater can become irreparably damaged. When it comes to water heater maintenance and services, we have the tools and know-how to get the job done. All Star offers premium services in order to keep your Los Angeles home’s water heater in optimal condition. If you’re looking for any assistance with your home’s water heater, feel free to contact us today with questions!