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Old 08-16-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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Sterilizing new fresh water tank

About to fill up the water tank for the first time and the manual says to sterilize it with a mixture of bleach and water. Is this a necessary thing to do? Is there some substitute I can use for bleach?
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Bleach works the best for getting rid of any bacteria in the tank and your water lines.
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:06 PM   #3
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Yes. Its important to do. We generally use 1/4 cup of bleach for every 15 gallons of water. You can pour the bleach directly into the garden hose and then fill the fresh water tank full. Turn on the water pump, open faucets and run the chlorine solution through both hot/cold water plumbing. Let sit for at least 4 hours.

When you're done drain all the chlorine out of the camper and rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Run the faucets to clear out the lines completely.

We do ours once each spring. Good luck
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Use the bleach. Make sure that is not a scented bleach, just plain bleach. You only need 1/4 cup for every 15 gallons of tank. 30 gallon tank gets 1/2 cup. Pour the bleach in and fill tank. Turn on you pump and run water through the lines to all faucets until you can smell the bleach. Let it sit for about 12 hours. Drain the tank and fill with fresh water & run faucets until you no longer smell bleach. Your water system in now sanitized & ready to use.
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Use the bleach. Make sure that is not a scented bleach, just plain bleach. You only need 1/4 cup for every 15 gallons of tank. 30 gallon tank gets 1/2 cup. Pour the bleach in and fill tank. Turn on you pump and run water through the lines to all faucets until you can smell the bleach. Let it sit for about 12 hours. Drain the tank and fill with fresh water & run faucets until you no longer smell bleach. Your water system in now sanitized & ready to use.
So should can i just pour the straight bleach directly into the tank before adding water?
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Use the bleach. Make sure that is not a scented bleach, just plain bleach. You only need 1/4 cup for every 15 gallons of tank. 30 gallon tank gets 1/2 cup. Pour the bleach in and fill tank. Turn on you pump and run water through the lines to all faucets until you can smell the bleach. Let it sit for about 12 hours. Drain the tank and fill with fresh water & run faucets until you no longer smell bleach. Your water system in now sanitized & ready to use.
12 hours sounds quite excessive. I've never gone longer than 2-3 hours. Bleach kills fast.
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Use the bleach. Make sure that is not a scented bleach, just plain bleach. You only need 1/4 cup for every 15 gallons of tank. 30 gallon tank gets 1/2 cup. Pour the bleach in and fill tank. Turn on you pump and run water through the lines to all faucets until you can smell the bleach. Let it sit for about 12 hours. Drain the tank and fill with fresh water & run faucets until you no longer smell bleach. Your water system in now sanitized & ready to use.
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12 hours sounds quite excessive. I've never gone longer than 2-3 hours. Bleach kills fast.
You’re adding a diluted bleach solution so you need what’s referred to in the water supply industry as “contact time”. I leave the the bleach mixture in the tank and pipes overnight.
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I like to put the bleach in the hose I'm using to fill the fresh water tank and then turn on the water. Sanitizes the hose at the same time.

Food grade hydrogen peroxide can be used but is more expensive than bleach.
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Yes, you need to sanitize the entire water system, including the hot tank. If you don't sanitize it all, you may as well not bother with any of it cause the germs/microbes travel through the water. Then flush the entire system with fresh water - or use a solution of baking soda or white vinegar to neutralize any bleach residue is what I do.
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