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Old 12-04-2016, 03:27 PM   #1
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Got some pink stuff in the FW tank...

Didn't realize it when I winterized the unit and the FW tank valve wasn't completely shut and I gpt some pink stuff in the tank (I can see it in the bottom my tank is translucent).

What is the best method of removing it (I know flush it out), but is there something I can add to help remove the taste and foam?
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Old 12-04-2016, 03:32 PM   #2
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I've always just flushed it out as a part of my spring setup. When you sanitize the fresh water tank the bleach should kill the taste.

If it is full strength pink stuff I'd at least dilute it now. Some brands of antifreeze can leave a nice pink stain / tint if it sets too long.
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Old 12-04-2016, 03:37 PM   #3
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Shouldn't be a problem. Just drain the tank and fill with fresh water once or twice and it should be ok to go. Nothing you can "put in" to negate it...just drain and flush with water. For info, I always keep a gallon or two in our tanks, fresh, black, and gray over the winter. FW tank always comes clean with no problem or "aftertaste".
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Appreciate the replies. I cannot flush it until spring. The unit is inside a barn, no water. Noticed it when pulling the house battery (headed for a Battery Tender). What I did find interesting is, my FW tank drain isn't on the bottom but on the side so it never drains the tank completely. Myaube a bit of pink stuff isn't all that bad in there.

It gets mighty cold up here in the winter (2-4" this evening and high in the teens next week)

The older I get, the better Florida looks.
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When you flush out your fresh water tank next spring, on the 2nd rinse, add a gallon of white vinegar to the water, let it sit a while, then drain it all. Its just like flushing out your coffee pot...gets all the crud and scale - and the pink stuff - out. That's what we always used to do on boats because, unlike RVs, the fresh water tanks don't drain (they sit at or below the waterline.) They have to be pumped out, and there is always some water left in the tank.
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Capt. Mike, just how do you get a gallon of vinegar into your fresh water tank? FR seems to have decided that gravity fill is unnecessary in the Georgetown models. I am thinking the only way to do this is to cut into the overflow tube and rig some sort of gizmo there. Or am I missing something simple?
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:51 PM   #7
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When you flush out your fresh water tank next spring, on the 2nd rinse, add a gallon of white vinegar to the water, let it sit a while, then drain it all. Its just like flushing out your coffee pot...gets all the crud and scale - and the pink stuff - out. That's what we always used to do on boats because, unlike RVs, the fresh water tanks don't drain (they sit at or below the waterline.) They have to be pumped out, and there is always some water left in the tank.
Having always been a landlubber, I'll take your tip. My FW tank gravity fills so that will be a non-issue.

Gonna do that to the HWH as well plus install a new anode rod.
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Didn't realize it when I winterized the unit and the FW tank valve wasn't completely shut and I gpt some pink stuff in the tank (I can see it in the bottom my tank is translucent).



What is the best method of removing it (I know flush it out), but is there something I can add to help remove the taste and foam?


I wouldn't worry about it. All your water lines have it.

Just flush and drain a couple of times when you break it out in the spring.

Sanitizing with bleach will help if you can still taste it. I sanitize every month or so normally.
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I agree that having pink stuff in the fresh water tank is not a problem. It's a good thing since you probably can't drain all the water out anyway.


After you sanitize the fresh water tank, you can put a box of baking soda in it if you notice a taste in the water.
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Appreciate the replies. I cannot flush it until spring. The unit is inside a barn, no water. Noticed it when pulling the house battery (headed for a Battery Tender). What I did find interesting is, my FW tank drain isn't on the bottom but on the side so it never drains the tank completely. Myaube a bit of pink stuff isn't all that bad in there.

It gets mighty cold up here in the winter (2-4" this evening and high in the teens next week)

The older I get, the better Florida looks.
Hank in there sidecar,,, we got a big one coming Thursday & Friday !!!
Maybe a foot ??? Pink stuff in the FR tank is a good thing !!!
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Hank in there sidecar,,, we got a big one coming Thursday & Friday !!!
Maybe a foot ??? Pink stuff in the FR tank is a good thing !!!
I'm excited...not. Really don't matter. Not like I have to go to work... I'm retired sort of. No day job, just farming now.

You get all the snow over there anyway. I'm at the other end of the state. You can keep it. My niece lives in GR off 28th Street so I get pictures of the 'snow' regularly....lol

I have property up by Big Rapids, they get lake effect there. Nice summertime getaway, not nice in the wintertime.

NWS says a bunch here on Sunday day and evening. 4-8. I'll be inside for sure, unless I have to get out a tractor and clear my renter's driveway.

Stay warm.
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I'm excited...not. Really don't matter. Not like I have to go to work... I'm retired sort of. No day job, just farming now.

You get all the snow over there anyway. I'm at the other end of the state. You can keep it. My niece lives in GR off 28th Street so I get pictures of the 'snow' regularly....lol

I have property up by Big Rapids, they get lake effect there. Nice summertime getaway, not nice in the wintertime.

NWS says a bunch here on Sunday day and evening. 4-8. I'll be inside for sure, unless I have to get out a tractor and clear my renter's driveway.

Stay warm.
We will be ready,,, I hope !!!!
LOL !!!
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