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Old 12-07-2015, 06:10 AM   #1
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Refilling water system after winterizing?

I have drained and blown out our water lines, and drained the water heater (no antifreeze added). We will be heading out next week (Atl to FL panhandle) and wanted to know if there is anything special at needs to be done once we hook up to city water at the CG.

Do you just turn on the water, and open each faucet / shower, hold the toilet flush open, and the lines refill?

Do you just open Cold first, then Hot?

How about ensuring the water heater tank refills before we turn it on?

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Yes to all the above, opening your hot water faucet will fill the water heater as long as your water heater bypass is set back to normal operation.
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Hi,What i do also is add some bleach to my fresh water holding tank and run it through the line to kill any bacteria ,then rinse out with clean water until there is no more smell of bleach,but thats just me.
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EasyRider, thanks...... Since I did not run antifreeze through the lines, I never did move the bypass, but certainly understand if I did.

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Hi,What i do also is add some bleach to my fresh water holding tank and run it through the line to kill any bacteria ,then rinse out with clean water until there is no more smell of bleach,but thats just me.
I just drained it and blew it out a couple of weeks ago when we had a couple of below freezing nights so I'm not going to do the sanitation proces this time (I will do it in the spring.....). Appreciate the input though!
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You're good to go. A little tip: put the tank fill/use valve in tank fill before you turn on the water hose. Doing this gets the air out of the hose. It only takes a few seconds and eliminates the sputtering and hammering in your faucets.
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I have drained and blown out our water lines, and drained the water heater (no antifreeze added). We will be heading out next week (Atl to FL panhandle) and wanted to know if there is anything special at needs to be done once we hook up to city water at the CG.
Do you just turn on the water, and open each faucet / shower, hold the toilet flush open, and the lines refill?
Do you just open Cold first, then Hot?
How about ensuring the water heater tank refills before we turn it on?
Thanks!
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I close all faucets, connect a hose, turn the fill valve to city water and turn on the supply faucet.
Once the water system and the water heater tank are filled I can hear that the water stops running.
At that point I open each faucet, both hot and cold, one by one, and flush the toilet until only water comes out.
When only water comes out, the water system, (including the water heater tank), is full and ready for use.
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You're good to go. A little tip: put the tank fill/use valve in tank fill before you turn on the water hose. Doing this gets the air out of the hose. It only takes a few seconds and eliminates the sputtering and hammering in your faucets.
That is a great suggestion, not just after draining but every time you hook up to water.
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You're good to go. A little tip: put the tank fill/use valve in tank fill before you turn on the water hose. Doing this gets the air out of the hose. It only takes a few seconds and eliminates the sputtering and hammering in your faucets.
As noted above by Shell, great idea all the time.

I do (well, at least when I remember to) run water through the hose before I hook it up to not only get th air out, but just run fresh water through it before I hook it I to the coach. But in any case, there is always some air that gets into the system that this should resolve.

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I close all faucets, connect a hose, turn the fill valve to city water and turn on the supply faucet.
Once the water system and the water heater tank are filled I can hear that the water stops running.
At that point I open each faucet, both hot and cold, one by one, and flush the toilet until only water comes out.
When only water comes out, the water system, (including the water heater tank), is full and ready for use.
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Mel, thanks, but a follow up question. If, the system is "empty" and you leave all the faucets closed, how does water enter the system. I other words, how does the air vent out to let water enter the pipes and water heater without at least one faucet open? Thank again!
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Mel, thanks, but a follow up question. If, the system is "empty" and you leave all the faucets closed, how does water enter the system. I other words, how does the air vent out to let water enter the pipes and water heater without at least one faucet open? Thank again!
When the water system is pressurized by the water coming from the campground/city water supply.... and you open each faucet... the incoming water forces all of the air from the water line to that faucet expelling/forcing the air from that line out through the open faucet and filling the water line to that faucet with water.
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When the water system is pressurized by the water coming from the campground/city water supply.... and you open each faucet... the incoming water forces all of the air from the water line to that faucet expelling/forcing the air from that line out through the open faucet and filling the water line to that faucet with water.
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OK, we are in the same page, as that is what I was thinking! Thanks again!
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