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Old 05-24-2013, 10:05 AM   #11
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You should sanitize before you un bypass your water heater.
Only fill water heater after your done sanitizing.
Ron, I do it both ways. I don't drink what comes out of the water heater, I still sanitize it. Even though most water heaters have a high enough heat setting to kill bacteria, I take the extra step to run the bleach solution through that also.

Some people say I am anal.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:32 AM   #12
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Unless you dumped the whole gallon into the fresh water tank(and that has been done by some unknowingly before) there's no way to really mess it up. Flush a few times with clean water and if there's a trace of chlorine smell leftover, make up a mixture of fresh water and a little baking soda. I had to do that last season but can't remember the recipe. Maybe someone else has it down.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:07 AM   #13
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My secret method of sanitizing the city water check valve.

After all the lines are full of sanitizer from the fresh water tank using the pump, I remove the silt screen in the city water inlet check valve, and using my finger; jiggle the plastic check valve stem until chlorine smell is detected. I then put the screen back in.

This also works when winterizing; I just wait for the "pink" to show.

(PS I always carry spare screen washers in the camper in case I break it)
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:57 PM   #14
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...go with the 30 gal tank size and using your previous mixture of 1/4 cup per 15 gal, that would be 1 cup per 30 gals.../QUOTE]

Think that would be 1/2 cup per 30 gal.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:00 PM   #15
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Ron, I do it both ways. I don't drink what comes out of the water heater, I still sanitize it. Even though most water heaters have a high enough heat setting to kill bacteria, I take the extra step to run the bleach solution through that also.

Some people say I am anal.
Huh....
I never have but maybe I should


We drink our water.... country folk u know......
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:39 PM   #16
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hey all... thank you for your kind and considered replies!
I'm going to ask three more questions up front...
Question 1: Some people bleach their HW tank, some don't... I know the rationale for not bleaching is that heat will kill those pesky varmints. What are the pros & cons for either process?
Question 2: If I drain the bleach solution on my lawn will it kill my grass or have harmful effects on my well water? (I'm thinking if the bleach solution leaches into my well there will be little drawback at all, unless beneficial bacteria are harmed)
Question 3: If I don't drive the trailer to slosh around the contents as mtnguy suggested, will the fumes still be enough to sanitize?
I purged the anti-freeze and pressurized my water system from shore a few weeks ago to see if the Hot Water was working (it is) Tonight I drained the water system totally, including the hot water tank and grey and black tanks as well since they've had no human waste in them.
My plan going forward is to use the concentration of bleach that I've calculated (bypassing the Hot Water tank unless I hear testimony to the contrary) and follow the steps that have been documented in numerous threads. Will pump bleach solution through the shore water connection from a jug. At this time our trips (23 nights this summer) are predicated on having safe shore water to drink (Ontario Provincial Parks) so we will not need to drink from our fresh water tank. (assuming on-site water supply which I think we have)
I am totally new at this, only camped in my daughter's driveway so far. (last fall) Perhaps the concentrated bleach would not make much difference, but I just want to do it right.
@mtnguy: my antifreeze line is my shore water supply line. I'm in a very small trailer.
Again, I want to thank you all for all your input, it has helped me to clarify what I need to do!
More input appreciated!
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hey all... thank you for your kind and considered replies!
I'm going to ask three more questions up front...
Question 1: Some people bleach their HW tank, some don't... I know the rationale for not bleaching is that heat will kill those pesky varmints. What are the pros & cons for either process?
Question 2: If I drain the bleach solution on my lawn will it kill my grass or have harmful effects on my well water? (I'm thinking if the bleach solution leaches into my well there will be little drawback at all, unless beneficial bacteria are harmed)
Question 3: If I don't drive the trailer to slosh around the contents as mtnguy suggested, will the fumes still be enough to sanitize?
I purged the anti-freeze and pressurized my water system from shore a few weeks ago to see if the Hot Water was working (it is) Tonight I drained the water system totally, including the hot water tank and grey and black tanks as well since they've had no human waste in them.
My plan going forward is to use the concentration of bleach that I've calculated (bypassing the Hot Water tank unless I hear testimony to the contrary) and follow the steps that have been documented in numerous threads. Will pump bleach solution through the shore water connection from a jug. At this time our trips (23 nights this summer) are predicated on having safe shore water to drink (Ontario Provincial Parks) so we will not need to drink from our fresh water tank. (assuming on-site water supply which I think we have)
I am totally new at this, only camped in my daughter's driveway so far. (last fall) Perhaps the concentrated bleach would not make much difference, but I just want to do it right.
@mtnguy: my antifreeze line is my shore water supply line. I'm in a very small trailer.
Again, I want to thank you all for all your input, it has helped me to clarify what I need to do!
More input appreciated!
Norm
It is possible, IMHO, to over think this stuff a bit, so I think you are doing fine with what your approach is. I do think you should pump your sanitizing solution through the water heater after you have prepared it in the fresh water tank. Why not its easy.

Chlorine mixes really fast in water, so while driving is okay, waiting for 30 minutes or so is just as effective, based on my experience.

100ppm chlorine will not do your lawn any good, that for sure, but probably won't kill it either. Dilution with water from your hose will help.

I get the little test strips from a pool supply place and you can verify the you have enough chlorine through the entire system that way.

GO CAMPING NOW, THAT'S WHAT IT IS ALLABOUT.
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Well, yes, camping IS what it's all about... (last year we camped in a tent, this year it's more like we have a hotel room on wheels...) Me & milady have been out in the driveway tonight, making up the bed, packing the stuff we want/need. We'll be out next weekend, listening to the loons, walking the trails, enjoying what we used to enjoy with the kids except that now the kids are grown. We're looking forward to reconnecting with each other....
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:47 AM   #19
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Question 1: Some people bleach their HW tank, some don't... I know the rationale for not bleaching is that heat will kill those pesky varmints. What are the pros & cons for either process?
Con....it is a bit of trouble. To completely drain the bleach solution out of the tank, you need to remove the drain plug/anode rod.


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Question 2: If I drain the bleach solution on my lawn will it kill my grass or have harmful effects on my well water? (I'm thinking if the bleach solution leaches into my well there will be little drawback at all, unless beneficial bacteria are harmed)
I drain the bleach solution onto my driveway, which drains to the grass, with no ill effects.....so far.

I know a guy that had a bacterial problem in his well, and the well people told him to dump 2 gallons of bleach down his well head, and turn on the faucets....that corrected the problem.

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Question 3: If I don't drive the trailer to slosh around the contents as mtnguy suggested, will the fumes still be enough to sanitize?
Have no idea on that quesion.
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