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Old 07-11-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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Sanitizing System - Chlorine Smell

I apologize up front if this sounds like a dumb question.....

I'm de-winterizing my camper and sanitizing the water system. I've already added the water-bleach solution per the manual's instructions and re-filled the fresh tank. Turned on the water pump and each faucet one at a time - the manual says until I smell the chlorine.

So my question is....how distinct is the chlorine/bleach smell? I ran my faucets for a good couple of minutes, and if there is any smell at all, its barely even noticeable.

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Old 07-11-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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How much bleach did you add?

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I used 1/4 cup bleach per gallon of water to make the solution. My tank is 36 gallons, so I used 2 1/2 gallons of solution.
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I used 1/4 cup bleach per gallon of water to make the solution. My tank is 36 gallons, so I used 2 1/2 gallons of solution.
Oh my !
1/4 to 1/2 cup per 15 gallons is PLENTY!


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1/4 to 1/2 cup per 15 gallons is PLENTY!


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I read the post as 2 1/2 gallons of "solution" with 1/4c of bleach per gallon of solution, so that would be 5/8 of a cup of bleach - about right for the tank.

Maybe run the faucets a couple more minutes. Bleach is pretty strong smelling, even at low concentration.
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Most folks complain about the chorine smell using only what Turbs said and want to know how to get rid of it. Box of baking soda in 36 gallons is usually plenty. Can also cause some mild cases of "burping" and other means of relief.
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Sanitizing your RV SystemIt is recommended that a chlorine solution of one gallon of water and cup of chlorine bleach (Clorox) (5% sodium-hypochlorite solution) be prepared for every 15 gallons of fresh water tank capacity.To sanitize your water system in your RV will require the following solution:1. Drain the fresh water tank by opening the drain valves. There is one valve for each water tank. All of the faucets on the RV should be in the closed or off position.


http://www.rvtechlibrary.com/plumbing/sanitizing.htm


No wonder u have a serious bleach smell!
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...So my question is....how distinct is the chlorine/bleach smell? I ran my faucets for a good couple of minutes, and if there is any smell at all, its barely even noticeable.

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...No wonder u have a serious bleach smell!
From his statement, he doesn't have a noticeable smell. Why he doesn't is beyond me!
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From his statement, he doesn't have a noticeable smell. Why he doesn't is beyond me!
Sorry I missed that.....
I'm surpised the smell isnt blowing you out!

Op.. you do have your w.h. bypassed yet right ? Right?
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Yes, the water heater is currently in bypass mode from being winterized.

I just ran the faucets a little longer and I still don't smell a strong odor. So I had my daughter come in with me, and she smelled it right away. So I guess I don't have a very sensitive nose for bleach.
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