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Old 02-11-2012, 10:52 AM   #11
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The sanitizing process is roughly as follows:

1. Drain the tanks: main, pressure accumulator, and heater.
2. Prepare a solution chlorine bleach: using 8oz of plain chlorine bleach for a 40 gallon water tank, dilute the bleach in a gallon of water.
3. Pour the diluted bleach solution into the water tank and fill the tank with water.
4. Turn on the water pump and allow the pressure accumulator to fill. The pump will run until it fills the accumulator and then will stop.
5. After the pump stops operating, open a hot water faucet and let it run until water starts running free indicating that the heater tank is full.
6. Let the hot continue to run until you smell the chorine. Shut off.
7. In sequence, run every hot and cold faucet valve in the RV until you smell the chlorine. As soon as you do, shut it off and go on to the next one.
8. Back fill the main tank and allow to sit for a few hours, or even overnight.
9. Drain the tanks again, refill with plain water and repeat steps 4 thru 7.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:57 AM   #12
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It's a good idea to sanitize your wresh water tank evey so often. I use about 1/4 cup to 15 gallons of water. When doing so pump it through whole system and let set a 1/2 hr. or so. Dump fresh water tank fill with plain water and flush system
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:33 PM   #13
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Are you guys finding the chlorine attacks or oxidizes the metals at all? I filled my fresh water tank with a sanitizing solution that was supposed to be drinkable, too. I let it sit over a week, but became concerned about the metal parts in the water heater and pump.
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:54 PM   #14
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Are you guys finding the chlorine attacks or oxidizes the metals at all? I filled my fresh water tank with a sanitizing solution that was supposed to be drinkable, too. I let it sit over a week, but became concerned about the metal parts in the water heater and pump.
Rod It's too weak of a solution and too shot of a duration to attack the metal parts.
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:03 PM   #15
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I noticed no one mentions the removal of the In House Water filter before sanitizing with Bleach - Dont forget to remove the Water Filter before sanitizing.
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:27 PM   #16
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I noticed no one mentions the removal of the In House Water filter before sanitizing with Bleach - Dont forget to remove the Water Filter before sanitizing.
Good point!
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:45 AM   #17
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Had the same thing, figured out a solution, but I STILL don't understand what was causing it!

For me, it had to do with water that had been heated in the water heater, and then allowed to cool down. Even if I drained the HW tank, the water smelled like rotten-egg the next time that I used it. so now what I do, when I get home, is drain the water heater, flip the WH bypass valve, and run some fresh, cold water through the hot water faucets, including the shower head. The shower head is the most distant water discharge in my entire water system. I catch the water in a pail, so that I don't fill the gray tank with water.

Not sure if this is the same thing that you are experiencing, but the solution works for me!
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:30 AM   #18
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not much effect seen

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Are you guys finding the chlorine attacks or oxidizes the metals at all?

became concerned about the metal parts in the water heater and pump.
it would take a whole lot of chlorine
over a period of time
to do any harm

wash machines use bleach
jacuzzi's use chlorine
with not much effect seen

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Old 02-20-2012, 12:27 AM   #19
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Thanks everybody! Thats exactly what it smells like, a sulfur or rotten egg smell! I will get some bleach run through it to sanitize and then I will try your idea Fire!
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:54 PM   #20
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If your hot water tank has a sacrificial anode then your problem is likely the water is becoming contaminated by the corroded anode and sediment created by the anode. Most sacrificial anodes are made of aluminum which expels a rotting egg odor as it erodes. Removing the anode, draining the tank, use a hose to flush out the tank, clean the anode, and, then leave it empty will most definitely solve the problem.
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