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Old 09-05-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
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Nothing Potable about this Tank

Ya know the story about the guy whose wife bought a new pair of throw pillows for the sofa and it ended up in a $50,000 remodeling project?

Ok - we were just going to remove the carpet and lay Allure flooring. But then in the process we realized we could, indeed, change out the sideways full size bed for a pair of twins - which we'd much prefer as it makes the rear room a lounge as well as a bedroom.

I had to remove the potable tank as part of the project and found all this....

That which appears to be black mold on white silicone was inside the fill neck. I don't know what that is growing on the stem inside the tank, but all that grit isn't very appetizing in and of itself.

I think I'll get a new tank.

EDIT: Please note - I just bought this rig 3 weeks ago. I had planned to sanitize the potable system and still will to clean the lines, but I think this tank was beyond a bleach splash.

Shows you...you have to physically check that tank!

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Old 09-05-2010, 12:38 PM   #2
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And as the old saying goes "what you don't see can't hurt you". Not too sure about that. When's the last time you sanitized that tank?
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And as the old saying goes "what you don't see can't hurt you". Not too sure about that. When's the last time you sanitized that tank?
Never - I just bought the rig 3 weeks ago. Sanitizing was on the list. I have to doubt a bleach solution would have killed what was in the fill neck since it would stay to the bottom of the fill line and not get up to the top. Maybe the splash and fumes from a drive - but even then...

As for the grit...there was no useable bottom drain in this system. There will be in the revised layout.
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Peter - in your few posts, you seeme like the type of person who will tackle this job and come out on top. It is too bad about what you found, but please, tell us about your fix(es); I am sure that you will do a fine job! Good luck!
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Peter - in your few posts, you seeme like the type of person who will tackle this job and come out on top. It is too bad about what you found, but please, tell us about your fix(es); I am sure that you will do a fine job! Good luck!
You're way too kind. I'm just a guy who doesn't know when to flee in terror.

The fix here is easy - new tank. It was all but decided before I looked inside this one since we're changing the layout.
I'm just really taken aback by the surprises inside this Crackerjack Box. Had I not been on the path I am I'd have done the traditional bleach solution flush. That might have cleaned things out - but I doubt it.
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That is not black mold as in the toxic kind if that is what you are thinking. It looks to be mildew. It looks like you have a tank that was rarely (if ever) flushed out and they most likely did not use a sediment filter. I would bleach it out using 1 tbsp bleach per gallon of water (fill until it comes out the over flow). a sanitizing solution for clean surfaces is only 1 tsp per gallon cool water so the tablespoon per gallon should be more than enough. This is why you use a sediment filter before the holding tank and a filter for drinking water as well.

BTW, too much bleach will not do a better job, it will only hasten the deterioration of the plastic tank.
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Hi Lorna,
There are two reasons to replace the tank:

1: I'm changing the bedroom from a double to twins and thus an relocating the tank. A tank of different dimensions is needed.

2: My wife saw the inside of this tank.

That said, I appreciate your response and suggestions. What I don't quite understand is how to filter the fill pipe for this tank. It's about a 1.5" flex hose. I suppose I could get a line filter and attach it to whatever hose I'm using to fill the tank - but I don't see how to install a filter in the system.

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That would be the gravity fill hose. We removed ours. I'm not going to fill my tank with a bucket from the crick (based on what you posted, that sounds like what the previous owners did). We fill our tank from the city hook up (we installed valves & piping to do that). Since you won't be using the tank, why don't you put it on Freecycle or CraigsList.
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That would be the gravity fill hose. We removed ours. I'm not going to fill my tank with a bucket from the crick (based on what you posted, that sounds like what the previous owners did). We fill our tank from the city hook up (we installed valves & piping to do that). Since you won't be using the tank, why don't you put it on Freecycle or CraigsList.
Ah - refit for a hose fill - I can do that!

Craigslist Free Board...I use it a lot to give away useable stuff...I'll do that.
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dude seriously, can you please remove the last picture you posted.... that is one of those that you have to stare at and throw up and go back and look again just to find yourself hovering over the toilet one more time before going back to zoom in the picture and look again!!! SERIOUSLY! THAT IS FREAKING GROSS!!! THANKS FOR MAKING MY WATER TANK TOP OF MY LIST TOMORROW MORNING!!!
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dude seriously, can you please remove the last picture you posted.... that is one of those that you have to stare at and throw up and go back and look again just to find yourself hovering over the toilet one more time before going back to zoom in the picture and look again!!! SERIOUSLY! THAT IS FREAKING GROSS!!! THANKS FOR MAKING MY WATER TANK TOP OF MY LIST TOMORROW MORNING!!!
Indeed.
But if it prompted you to sanitize the tank it was worth it
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