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Old 09-06-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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How do you get the caramel into the bar?

I would like to (1) sanitize our fresh water tank with Bleach & (2) de-scale our hotwater heater with vinegar. My problem is that my water system(s) appear to be "sealed". I get fresh water into my system through a hose connection.

I guess I could get bleach into the fresh water tank by pouring it into a hose and then connecting the hose to a tap and fill the tank... But how do I get around 10 gallons of vinegar into the hot water heater?

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Old 09-06-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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Hi, Jack and Maggie

Haven't the foggiest!

I just want to thank you- and maybe bump your question to the "active" column- and say that yours is the most ARRESTING THREAD TITLE I've seen here for awhile.

Good luck with your problem, and I'll be looking for your Titles in the future!

Your "Use of The Language" fan,

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Old 09-06-2011, 10:07 PM   #3
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I have a whole house filter on my RV, I remove the filter and then fill with bleach. I then fill the tank and the bleach goes in also. If you don't have a whole house filter on your coach, you can buy a housing and some hose fittings and do the same thing. Not sure how to get vinegar in the water heater.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:09 PM   #4
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Just a guess, but I believe you will have to disconnect the intake hose from the water pump and run another hose from the vinegar jug to the pump. Run the water pump and vinegar will be pumped from the jug to the hwh.

At least, that's what I'd do.

Hope that helps !

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Old 09-06-2011, 10:25 PM   #5
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I have a whole house filter on my RV, I remove the filter and then fill with bleach. I then fill the tank and the bleach goes in also. If you don't have a whole house filter on your coach, you can buy a housing and some hose fittings and do the same thing. Not sure how to get vinegar in the water heater.
Perfect.... ! Hot water heater looks like it may be a bit more of a problem.
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:55 AM   #6
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If you have low point drains on your coach you might be able to open the valve for the hot water and drain the tank. Then pump the vinegar into the tank via the low point drain.
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if you access your HWH from the outside, there will be a drian plug on the bottom, and a pressure release valve on the top,
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If you have a winterizing kit (that you use to pump anti-freeze into your water lines), then you can use it to pump bleach solution into your fresh water tank. Just put your fresh water fill selector to "city water", and then pump bleach solution from a 5 gallon pail the same way you would your anti-freeze (using the water pump). It will pump the solution all around your lines and into your fresh water tank. Did it this year with mine and it worked like a dream.

Fill the rest of your tank with water after that. Your hot water heater should pick up the bleach solution from the fresh water tank provided it is not in the "bypass" position for winterizing.
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Or use one of those fertilizer devices with the hose ends built on
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I have a "water heater" in my coach. why do you need to heat hot water.
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I have a "water heater" in my coach. why do you need to heat hot water.
I was wondering the same thing.....

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Yep, your thread title got my attention right off the bat.

Sanitizing has already been covered well by previous posts.

If I had to get vinegar, any amount, into the water heater, I'd remove the drain plug and get the water our first, then reinstall the drain plug.

Remove the temperature/pressure relief valve at the top of the water heater, it just unscrews, and use a small funnel and rubber tube to pour the vinegar into the tank. Let it sit for awhile and then flush.

Are you sure you want to use 10 gallons of vinegar? Sometimes just flushing the system with some water pressure will get the accumulated scale deposits out.
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After the vinegar solution sits in the the water heater for several hours remove the drain plug and drain the solution. With the plug still removed you can insert something into the drain hole that uses house water pressure to "float" the lime deposits out of the drain hole. I made up a short length of 3/8" copper tube with a hole drilled into the side of the tube and then connected the apparatus to the house water hose. The small hole (1/4") "blasted" the inside of the tank and "floated" a lot of debris out through the drain plug hole. You may be able to accomplish the same thing using the t & P valve hole.
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Many thanks for all the great advice. The bleach solution through my filter "cannister" worked like a dream.

As for the HWH, I will remove the pressure release valve and use a funnel/tube to pour in the vinegar. We have a 10gal Suburban Heater.... How much vinegar do you think I should pour into the tank?
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