10-25-2009, 05:46 AM
While taking off the old 1/2" copper that used to connect to my water heater (rental unit) undoing the line on the top coming out of the tank the whole thing came undone the internal fitting as well. Attached to that was what looked to be an anode to remove particals from the hot water tank. It was caked with what looked like calcium to the point where I could hardly get it out of the tank. The rod looked to be about 3/16 in diameter and about 3ft long attached to the upper pipe fitting. Long story short...When taking it out a big chunk of the gunk that was attached to the rod fell off back into the tank...I continued to take out the anode and cleaned all that white calcium off the rod and re-installed the fitting and my new 3/4 supply and return. Question is, will the pieces that fell off get caught in my pipes later on or is there a way to remove them from the tank. I drained the tank....but nothing came out the bottom. Or will they re-attach themselves to the anode since I cleaned it off?