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Old 04-16-2009, 06:06 AM   #1
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Fresh water tanks cleaner???.

What do you use to clean out fresh water tanks that haven't been used in yrs??.I want to be sure to be safe in this process.
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Bleach!!
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Yep, bleach it is. We use this calculation:
Dilute 1/4 cup bleach for each 15 gallons of tank capacity in 1 gallon of water.
Add this solution to the fresh water tank.
Drive around the block to slosh it all around in the tank.
Let it sit overnight.
Open the fresh water tank drain valve.

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I see by your sig, you have N-scale trains. They are SO fun. My DH has several sets & wishes he had a place to set them all up. I may give in & let him take over one of the spare bedrooms....someday.

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If he is running N-Scale..let him have a sidebox!!!
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No hijacking this thread.......:nono no:
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just wanted to add something.

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Yep, bleach it is. We use this calculation:
Dilute 1/4 cup bleach for each 15 gallons of tank capacity in 1 gallon of water.
Add this solution to the fresh water tank.
Drive around the block to slosh it all around in the tank.
Let it sit overnight.
Open the fresh water tank drain valve.

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I just want to add, that I also turn on the pump & open tap-let water run-close tap ,then next tap.This will clean your lines of any nasties & smells. Then drive around-drain-refill & flush all lines again to remove bleach smells & taste.
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Not for nothing-I would think bleach would attack the rubber components in the pump.
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repair manual i have said bleach as above then rince then bakeing soda if needed to remove bleach smell
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Not for nothing-I would think bleach would attack the rubber components in the pump.
I imagine if it was pure bleach it probably wouldn't be good, but the bleach you by in the store isn't very strong & it'd diluted with all that water,then rinsed with clear water.I rinse after letting it sit in the tank & lines for a day.

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repair manual i have said bleach as above then rince then bakeing soda if needed to remove bleach smell
Yup mine also.
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sorry i wasnt clear yes deluted bleach 10% what book said
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I worked at a repair shop for pressure washers for 5yrs and there all manufactures state the use of bleach voids the warranty because it does attack the seals there.Maybe because of the nature of it being high pressure the effects on the seals are more.
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http://rvbasics.com/techtips/sanitiz...er-system.html
You will learn how to use two different chemicals to safely sanitize a fresh water system there. If you have algae growing in a fresh water storage tank, use a household detergent mixture to wash it out first, flush with water until soap residue is gone.
FWIW, the EPA recommended concentration of bleach is 200ppm. I use the second method explained on the webpage, which calls for Sodium Dichlor. This is the same chemical in the sanitizing/washing powder in my homebrew making equipment. The swimming pool package is a much more concentrated form though.
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