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Old 03-21-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
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Water System Problem

After hooking up the water hose, I turn on the faucets to prime the lines. There is a light brown flow with some type of particulate that comes out. It will clear up after running the water for a little while. No water comes out of the kitchen sink. I have looked at the water strainer and it appears clean. After looking at the water lines to the toilet, kitchen sink and vanity, the water doesn't look clear. It appears to be some kind of cloudy liquid.

How long does it take for the water heater to fill?
The coach has been winterized by the way. How long before the water lines will become clear?

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Old 03-21-2010, 09:49 AM   #2
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IIWMC I would disconnect to water supply to the coach and fill a clean bucket with water from that source. Check to see if the water supply is the source of your problem. The water heater should have been in by-pass while the unit was winterized so no anti-freeze should have been in there. That said, flushing the anti-freeze should be less than a minute or so. After the system is running clean is when you should Open the By-Pass Valve. Don't forget to check the screens at the end of the faucets. Do Not put ANY discolored water into your Fresh Water Tank!
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The before connecting the water hose to the source, I run a little water out of the spigot before attaching the hose.
Where is the bypass located?
Could the water heater have something in it that would cause the symptoms that I noticed?

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Running the water onto the ground may not show a color problem with the water. The By-pass Valve should be located on the back side, input side, of the water heater. Yes, the water heater could have had the problem within it. Put the water heater into by-pass and drain it. Make sure the water is not hot. Try to catch the water as it drains to see if it is contaminated. Then leave the plug out of the heater, this will allow you to determine if the by-pass valve is leaking. Then check and see if the water will clear. Make sure you do not run your pump or allow water into your Fresh Water Tank. Make sure the campground water is clear and try again.
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First when brining a unit out of winterization, you should do the following:

Put water into the fresh water tank from a known good source, about 1/4 full should work.

Run the water from the tank through the system, to purge the antifreeze out of the system, including the water heater, (even though it was bypassed) you should fill it up, and get the air out. If at any point you smell sulpher like smell, drain out the hot water tank, and clean it out good by taking out the anode (suburban) or plastic plug (Attwood) and using a 1/4" diameter about 7 inches long (plastic or copper tube) attached to the end of the hose, flush out the tank, lots of yucky stuff come out. Now you just cleaned your water heater and this is something you should do prior to each winterization in the fall. You should also change the anode (Suburban) about every other year, but by cleaning the tank each fall, you then can inspect it and know its condition. Older Attwood water heaters don’t have an anode, so you then just check the plastic plug.

Now to sanitize the water system:

Next add cup bleach to the fresh water tank for every 15 gallons of capacity and pump this through the system and leave in the system for at least 3 hours. This will sanitize the fresh water system, killing any germs which have made it a home.

Flush this mixture out with by draining out the fresh water tank and then filling it up with fresh water and flush the plumbing system completely to remove the chlorine mixture. Does this twice, for the third flush, add baking soda to a warm gallon of water and then put this in the fresh water tank and fill and run this baking soda water through the system, as this will sweeten the water and take the chlorine taste out of the water.

Now when hooking up to a city water source at the RV Park, you should clean the faucet with either strong bleach or a good anti-bacterial soap before you hook up your fresh water hose from the RV. Run the water from the faucet to flush off the soap or bleach. Hook up the hose and now your set.

Hope this helps.
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