A few weeks ago, we had to replace our water heater, and  the entire process was a drawn out and  terrible ordeal.  It started when I decided to wash dishes in the kitchen sink instead of the dishwasher and scalding tepid water poured out of the faucet.  I rushed down to the basement and discovered that it flooded with water.  The tepid water tank had ruptured and we were blessed it hadn’t caused a fire.  Despite being nearly empty, the system was continuing to heat.  I shutdown the water pump and my husband and I headed to the local hardware store to purchase a modern water tank.  Unfortunately, it was a Sunday evening, and the hardware store was  already closed for the day.  My husband and I  had to go without running water  until the following morning.  Once we were able to purchase a new water tank, it took several hours to install it.  At that point, I prayed that our troubles were over, but sadly they were not over.  Inside the water tank is an anode rod that attracts contaminants and prevents them from entering the water supply.  Because we have hard, strong water, the anode rod could not handle it and ended up corroding the rod.  This entirely contaminated the water, turning it almost black and creating a horrible odor.  My husband had to split away the anode rod with a metal saw, drain the water tank, and then add bleach.  It was advocated  that he add a cup or so of bleach to the water tank.  My husband got a bit heavy-handed, and emptied the entire gallon of bleach into our tank.  Since bleach reacts badly with our hard water, our water turned bright orange and stained everything it came in contact with.  All of our sinks, tubs, toilets, dishwasher and washing device were stained.  Plus, the water reeked so badly of bleach that it gave me a horrible  headache.

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