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Old 10-10-2013, 08:37 AM   #1
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Pink suff filling water heater

I winterized The Beast yesterday afternoon and had a problem this go around that I didn't in the past. I turned the water heater bypass valve to flow thru and bypass, turned the fresh water tank valve off, opened the winterization valve and left my water heater anode out to see what happens. Voila! My water heater began to spew pink stuff as I pumped it thru. Shutting the bypass valve made it worse, so I opened the bypass again, put the anode back in and ended up winterizing the washer/dryer and all faucets, toilets etc but used a considerable amount of pink stuff. WTF happened and where did I go wrong? Shouldn't opening the water heater bypass keep anything from filling it when suctioning out with the winterization hose\valve? I must have forgotten to do something.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:57 AM   #2
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The bypass valve works in conjunction with 2 other valves. One is the cold water intake valve on the water heater, the other is the hot water output on the water heater. These need to be off and the bypass valve needs to be on. If the cold water intake was left on, along with the bypass valve on; I'd think you would get the pink stuff.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:03 AM   #3
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Ayup. I did leave them on. Thanks. I figured it was something dumb.
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Does anyone know if the OP needs to do anything special to get the pink stuff out of the water heater? I thought that I read that it's bad for it...
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:40 AM   #5
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Doug, What I'm going to do come de-winterization in the spring is to hook up my fresh water hose to the trailer and simply flush it all out until it runs clear. No harm-no foul. I'm not going to fire up the water heater with any traces of pink since hot pink showers would get kinda sticky.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:44 AM   #6
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Doug is right. You need to get the pink out now. It's not good for the tank (heating or not).
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Doug, What I'm going to do come de-winterization in the spring is to hook up my fresh water hose to the trailer and simply flush it all out until it runs clear. No harm-no foul. I'm not going to fire up the water heater with any traces of pink since hot pink showers would get kinda sticky.
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My concern is leaving the pink stuff (or even just traces of it) in there all winter. I wonder if you should shut off the bypasses to isolate the water heater and then flush it out with something like this:
Water Heater Flushing Tool - $8.91

But, like I said- I'm not positive about it. I feel like I've read something here, but I could be making it up. (I'm kind of known for that. )
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:49 AM   #8
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*s could be. I'll take my garden hose and blast it into the tank and wash down the walls. Just for the helluv it, what in the anti-freeze might damage the tank?
EDIT: I found my answer. If you winterize with an ALCOHOL based antifreeze, the alcohol may absorb the moisture in the tank promoting the growth of mold. Glycol based antifreeze does not. I used Glycol...whew.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:38 AM   #9
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with my last 2 campers I always ran the pink stuff into the heater. at the spring I put bleach into the sys for a few days then flushed with lots of water
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Thanks for checking on it, guys. I definitely learned a thing or two here.
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