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WaterWoes
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My concern about bridging/grounding is that neither the water heaters nor the water softener are in close proximity to the main breaker panel, nor are they (the water heaters and softener) close to each other. I was told by a plumber that it would mean significant cuts and repairs to sheetrock to get to it on top of the work to bond/ground.

Randy, we talked about a powered anode at one point. If I were to install one *and* the culprit is the water softener, it sounds like the powered anode would take care of the issue. Correct? If I were to install one and the culprit is a stray current, would there be some indicator that that’s my issue?

As Larry suggested for testing for stray current, I tested for a current in the intake and outtake pipes at the water softener and the intake pipe at the water heater (by placing the red lead on a pipe and the black lead in the ground of an electrical outlet), and I don’t get a reading.

I appreciate the patience you all have had in reading my posts and then the time you’ve taken to respond. I’m just looking at very costly options – to bond/ground is an expensive and extensive endeavor because it is so difficult to get to the main breaker panel. I can’t imagine spending that much money and going through that hassle just to find stray current wasn’t the issue. Less expensive but still costly is doing multiple water analyses.

Hence I’m trying to cover all my basis in being able to make a determination as to what is causing the issues I’m experiencing so that when I do spend money to address it, I have confidence that the resolution will work.

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