New water heater – hair loss, skin rash

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    showarama
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    This issue is stumping me. Had a plumber install a new Rheem 40 gallon gas unit. A week later started noticing a skin rash and some hair loss that gradually got worse. No other changes were made. I noticed the hot water seemed slightly harder, but didn’t think anything of it. Would a new water heater potentially cause such an issue? Is there any chemical residue in the tank from the manufacturering process? Thanks for any insights.

    #24555
    Larry Weingarten
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    Hello, I’ve heard of people with chemical sensitivities having problems with the aluminum anode some tanks come with, but Rheem usually uses magnesium anodes, which are considered non-toxic. I think I’d check to confirm what kind of anode you have and then do a test, putting a nipple and cap in the anode port and trying the water for up to a week to see if the problem abates. If it does, a different anode is needed. Normally, there is nothing in a heater that is reactive, mostly just glass and steel. Please do let us know how it goes.
    Yours, Larry

    #24559
    showarama
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    Thank you for the suggestion. That’s a good idea and an easy test that I’ll try.

    The Rheem model is this one: prog40-38u-rh62-ec1. Couldn’t find online what type of anode rod it has…anyone out there know?

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