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Old 07-28-2015, 07:37 PM   #1
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Water heater bypass not working and need to clean both systems

We have already established that the bypass valve to my waterheater is not working (1993 winnebago 37rq). I did a bleaching of the fresh tank and a draining vigegar clean and sprayout of the hot water heater (atwood) four months ago. we drained everything then havent used it since then.

When I today turned on the water it was very stinky , esp. the hot water. I drained it and flushed it with plain water and it stinks less now. I am wondering why its stinking in the first place, and...

also wondering if I need to bleach everything out again. And...

also wondering if I use bleach in the fresh side, since water WILL get into the hot water heater tank (because of the broken bypass) if this will hurt the Atwood water heater tank.

If you wanted to drink and cook with this water and this were your situation, what would you do? Thanks.
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I'd flush it all out with unscented bleach, then run water until the odor of the bleach is gone. It should be good to go after that.
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Ok that's what I thought too. Couldn't see why not to use bleach on the aluminum as long as we rinse really well.

I wonder what caused the rotten smell? Just bacteria, I guess. It wasn't like the "old aluminum water heater tank that hadn't been cleaned in forever" smell.
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You're correct, it's often a bacteria smell caused in water rich in iron. Are you filling with well water or municipal treated water?
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Old 07-29-2015, 04:09 PM   #5
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WWhen I today turned on the water it was very stinky , esp. the hot water. I drained it and flushed it with plain water and it stinks less now. I am wondering why its stinking in the first place, and...

also wondering if I need to bleach everything out again. And...

also wondering if I use bleach in the fresh side, since water WILL get into the hot water heater tank (because of the broken bypass) if this will hurt the Atwood water heater tank.
First: YOu might check the water incoming.. Some of it is kind of aromatic as it were.. But there may be some bacteria in the system so I'd flush it again with your bleach water 1/4 cup to a5 gallon ratio.. . Then with baking soda water,, Then fresh water

IT WILL NOT HARM THE TANK

What would I do for drinking water

All water entering the Motor home goes past some activated charcoal,, Drinking water also passes through a Brita filter.. There are better filters if you wish to spend the money. But Brita does the job for me.


NOTE: Since I drink park water filtered... it is kind of important to me the filters work.. Else the toilet has to work overtime (The real cause of that old revenge is changes in the water).
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BFlinn, it is city treated water. admittedly the motorhome goes a ways in time in between uses.
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I think the root of your problem is you cleaned everything out, then filled it, and left it for a number of weeks. I open the low point drains and let all water drain between trips.
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