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Old 08-09-2020, 04:33 PM   #43
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Do you really want to poison yourself?
Sodium and calcium hypochlorite can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. Exposure to high levels can result in severe corrosive damage to the eyes, skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tissues and can be fatal.
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You shouldn't drink water that has gone through a water softener. That's why kitchen sinks aren't typically connected to the softener.

Have you considered taking a sample of your water to your local water facility for testing to see what's in it?
What in the world are you talking about??
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You shouldn't drink water that has gone through a water softener. That's why kitchen sinks aren't typically connected to the softener.

Have you considered taking a sample of your water to your local water facility for testing to see what's in it?
Not sure this is correct. We had our softener installed by the leading company in our area. They installed it so that the entire house gets softened water. I asked about what you brought up, and was told that current practice is to connect the entire house.

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If you sanitize the tank and the smell/taste comes back fairly quickly I suspect your anode rod has gone bad the water will take on a rotten egg smell and taste bad.

Easy job to replace but not all water heaters have one.

I only sanitize my tank before the 1st trip in the spring and that is good for the year.
2x on this - a bad anode rod will create a sulfur smell, and no amount of sanitizing is going to overcome it for more that a short time.
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Old 08-09-2020, 04:45 PM   #46
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Has anyone used 'pool shock' ( calcium hypochlorite) in their fresh water tank to keep the water potable?
If you want to kill yourself or rot your stomach......Go for it.....
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I'll bet it's just older water in your water heater. Mine smells like sulphur if the water tank if full and sits too long between trips.
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Has anyone used 'pool shock' ( calcium hypochlorite) in their fresh water tank to keep the water potable?
Be careful using pool products in your potable water. Some "Shock" products contain algaecide and other stabilizers and who knows... Just use liquid chlorine.
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Just fill with "City" chlorinated water every once in a while (I have a well) to chlorinate the system.
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Question # 1 Which of the two Gypsies has the medical degree in endocrinology?
Question # 2 How many gallons of water do you drink in a day? If the average softener increased the salt content by 8mg per quart youíd need to drink 4 gallons of softened water daily to consume a mere 128mg. Nobody drinks that much water, period. Add 128mg to the above reported 3400mg (Which I believe is a bit high for an average person)and it is totally insignificant. If youíre really worried about it, cut the amount of salt you sprinkle on your food daily on half. Then you can probably drink 20 plus gallons of softened water per day. But wait! That much water will be quite detrimental to your health, softened or not!
By the way, I have a medical background.
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After you sanitize you might add couple of table spoons of baking soda to fresh water. Kills the taste neutralizes some of the acid.
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Please donít mix chlorine and vinegar.

https://www.hunker.com/13420666/can-you-mix-clorox-bleach-with-vinegar-for-a-cleaning-solution
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It depends on several factors... how hard your water is that's being treated, if it's a salt-based water system and how many glasses of water you drink and if you have medical issues. Elevated sodium in your diet can occur. It doesn't affect everyone but it can affect some. Even a tiny bit of elevated sodium in a person's diet with medical issues isn't good.

We have to define this before some go hysterical over it. We are talking for every 8 ounce glass of water 2 milligrams of sodium for every grain of hardness if you are not using potassium to regen the resin in your water softener. So if your water has the typical 18 grains of hardness that is 36 milligrams of sodium not salt per 8 ounce glass of water as salt is Sodium Chloride. Note that a tablespoon of Catsup has about 204 milligrams of sodium and a slice of bread has about 211 milligrams of sodium in it.


You'd typically have to drink about 96 ounces of softened water from a system that is using Rock Salt to regen the resin to get the same sodium content as you would from 2 slices of dry toast.



If your water filter removes sodium or you use potassium in your water softener then you have little to worry about from the water softener.
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[QUOTE=Jake21;5365319]That is a new one to me. Why should you not?[/QUOTE


Water that has been through a water softener has an increased sodium level.
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As for using pool chemicals to treat drinking water the answer is don't since many will contain more that just chlorine.

It is best to follow the instructions for sanitizing and treating the fresh water tank in your RV which is to use plain untreated and unscented chlorine bleach in the water which comes to around 8 drops of bleach to treat 1 gallon of water for drinking.

If your RV has the EverPure Super Chlorination filter then follow the EverPure instructions to Super Chlorinate to the level the filter was designed for.

Then once or twice a year use clear unscented chlorine bleach to sanitize the fresh water tank per the manufacturers instructions.


Note that I keep specifying Chlorine Bleach since there are other bleach type products that are not made with chlorine and should not be used to treat drinking water.
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Just follow your manual. It likely calls for just chlorine. If your rig sits idle for a long time out 1 teaspoon of chlorine in each 10 gal for ďsuper chlorinationĒ in storage.
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