Originally Posted by skichikk18
ohh this is great news and makes it sound so much easier than I am picturing. If you can get the ratios I would greatly appreciate it. what does the vinegar rinse do??? how does any of this effect the hot water tank??
My Jayco manual says 1/4 cup household bleach per 15 gallons of water. Let it sit in the entire plumbing system (except hot water tank) for three hours. Drain and refill will clear water and run that through entire system (except HWT), drain again. The vinegar step removes any left over bleach smell/taste. Do the same procedure but with 1quart of white vinegar to each five gallons of tank water. Let sit for a couple of days. Flush entire system as before, drain. Refill with fresh water and drain. Done.
I'll repeat the vinegar flush mid season to freshen the tank.
The HW tank is lined and should be ok if antifreeze got in, just flush it with fresh water. The thing I think folks want to avoid is degrading the heating element with chemicals like bleach or vinegar.
I think of the whole procedure as if it were a big plastic canteen that needs thoroughly cleaned once in a while. Just that there is the possible damage from freezing weather. Use air pressure if available to force out as much water before freezing weather and drop some rv antifreeze in each drain to protectvthe p_trap, make certain to flush toilet to get out any water, and get antifreeze into the pump.