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Old 06-21-2018, 12:27 PM   #1
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"Dirt" In Hot Water

I've been flushing a lot of water through my pipes to make sure they are cleaned out (not sure how good of a job the dealer did) and I wanted to sanitize with some chlorine, too. I ran the chlorine through my system and let it set overnight. While flushing it out I noticed some black silt settling in the tub. Could this be the anode in the water heater going bad? This is a new 2018 camper.
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Old 06-21-2018, 12:33 PM   #2
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More likely simply debris from construction.
It isn't uncommon to find shavings, plastic and dirt in new plumbing from the factory.

The other thing to consider is the water going in... are you filtering it?
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It's coming out of my in-laws' house. They live next door and have a flat spot to park it in. I've never noticed dirt in their water. Also, it seems like it is only coming out of the hot.
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"Dirt" In Hot Water

My guess is that the black silt is charcoal particles from a new water filter.

I’ve never seen black particles from an anode rod... only whiteish.
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I haven't connected a water filter yet. BTW, how necessary do you think they are? I haven't bought one yet. We were planning on eating/drinking with only bottled water. I'm planning on camping for the first time with it this weekend.
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:20 PM   #6
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I haven't connected a water filter yet. BTW, how necessary do you think they are? I haven't bought one yet. We were planning on eating/drinking with only bottled water. I'm planning on camping for the first time with it this weekend.
Like you, we drink from bottled water. However, I think a water filter is necessary. Iíve found sand in the bottom of my filter casing a few times. Glad I didnít put it through my water pump.
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filtering water, etc

I fill fresh water at several sources including a spring, and well fed system at a forest service fire camp, and even at home. I never drink the water from my tanks, although I do sanitize it, since we bathe in it, and wash dishes as well.
We drink and cook with bottled water only.
Mostly because although the water and tank has been sanitized, I just don't like drinking chlorine, and other by-products, and also don't care to trust most water supply sources. For instance, Lakeview OR, has the absolutely worst looking water, that looks alike coffee.
We obtain drinking water that is filtered and has no chemicals in it.
At the end of the day, it is personal preference. All of our RV's have had filters on them except our current one, so I hook up the blue pre-entry filter to the hose, run it till it is clear, then attach to the RV.
Water hoses are stored separately from sewer drain pipes and flush hoses.
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I haven't connected a water filter yet. BTW, how necessary do you think they are? I haven't bought one yet. We were planning on eating/drinking with only bottled water. I'm planning on camping for the first time with it this weekend.
Do you know if the trailer has a factory water filter? Many do.
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I'm very particular when it comes to the water system. My oldest son, who is now 12, was hospitalized with E. Coli when he was 6. His kidneys nearly shut down because it progressed into HUS. It was during Christmas and he was getting a blood transfusion while opening his presents. I never want to experience something like that again. We think we traced the source to our well as it tested positive for E. Coli. I now maintain a chlorine injection system in my basement. All the chlorine is removed by a large carbon filter. We don't like to drink chlorine, I even filter what I drink during the day at work. I now have another son who is almost 4 so I want to make sure the system is sanitary. That's why I was thinking of letting city/chlorinated water enter the pipes at campgrounds. But, if the water tends to have junk in it at many campgrounds then I guess I better get some kind of filter. From the sounds of it at least a 2 -stage filter may be in order: 1.) Particulate 2.) Carbon. If it was practical it sounds like reverse osmosis might be in order. Anyway, I digress and I think I am getting away from the original topic.

The impression I am getting so far is that I just need to give it a little more time. Also, if there is an integrated filter where are they typically located?
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Hi Escott,

Welcome! Just a FYI, you stated intent to run chlorinated water through the system and use a carbon filter. The carbon will remove all the chlorine so it would need to be installed only at your point of use (i.e at the faucet) if that was your intent.
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