Smelly water from the water heater


I am looking for help from some of the plumbers that may frequent this board.
For several months I have been getting a strong hydrogen sulfide smell from my hot water. I have drained the water heater several times. It gets better but then comes back quickly. I know it's not bad city water because the cold side is fine. When I drain, black gunk comes out for a few seconds and then clears. I have even drained it completely.
I am worried about the health concerns.
Has anyone heard of this? What is the cause? How do I cure it. Any help would be appreciated beyond your imagination.
Thanks
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IMHO, have your anode checked.
later,
tom @ www.Consolidated-Loans.info
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Thanks for the reply.
Your short answer intially dumbfounded me, but some additional research on the internet on anode corrosion and the symptoms has greatly helped me. Thanks!!!!
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I would seriously consider buying a new water heater. A different brand! It will be more efficient and save you on fuel costs and fix your problem..
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Diadem wrote:

Sounds like the anode rod needs to be replaced. look at http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/knowhow/solutions/article/0,16417,460788,00.html for more information
Or search the web for anode rod, or water heater rod.
Good Luck
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