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Old 08-24-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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Exclamation Surprise after sanitizing fresh water tank

Spent the weekend sanitizing the fresh water tank with a bleach solution. After 2 flushes of the tank, I closed the drain valve and filled up the tank. The next day, I noticed a small water spot on the ground under the drain valve. Looks like the valve seal has developed a leak maybe due to opening/closing the valve during flushing.

Do I now have to replace the slide valve on the drain? I hoping the leak will eventually stop...

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Old 08-24-2010, 09:27 PM   #2
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Drain valves are probably three dollars. Go buy a new one and be done with it.
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:30 PM   #3
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Do I now have to replace the slide valve on the drain? I hoping the leak will eventually stop...

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Looks like it. I don't think it'll stop.

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Old 08-25-2010, 01:58 PM   #4
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Drain valves are probably three dollars. Go buy a new one and be done with it.
$3, not mine. My fresh water tank drain valve is the same type used on the black/gray holding tanks.

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Old 08-25-2010, 05:28 PM   #5
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Never seen a slide valve used for a fresh water tank drain. Are you sure you are looking at the right valve? Not saying you aren't right, just never seen it, course there a lot of other things I've never seen, like an honest politician.
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:29 PM   #6
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I thought mine was leaking one time so I kept tightening the cap until it stopped. Turned out I had just overfilled the tank and it was running from the overflow down to the lowest point which was the drain cap. Real fun came after the next trip when I went to drain the tank again. Never guessed I was turning it that tight. Old Guys
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:31 PM   #7
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Turned out I had just overfilled the tank and it was running from the overflow down to the lowest point which was the drain cap.
Bingo! It was just overflow water from the inlet. Tanks are still full and no more leaks.

Anyone know how many drops of bleach for a 60 gallon tank, I should be putting in to keep the water in the tanks free from bacteria? Yes, I keep my tanks filled year round for emergencies/natural diasters.

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Old 10-19-2010, 12:17 AM   #8
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Are you using city water or well water? City should be chlorinated all ready shouldnt have to add bleach to it .Well water may be a different story,i would think only a tablespoon should help it some and not be to strong, but this is only a guess.Maybe check with local water guys and see what they recommend
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Pathogens be gone.

Rule of thumb is one cup of bleach for every 60 gallons of water. I haven't been able to find if this is a safe level for drinking water so I just use this measure to sanitize and then drain.

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$3, not mine. My fresh water tank drain valve is the same type used on the black/gray holding tanks.

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Could this be the galley tank drain? The fresh water drain should be a white spigot with a leaver on top.
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