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Old 08-20-2016, 12:55 PM   #1
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sanitizing

I have a question about sanitizing your fresh water tank. Does anyone include their hot water tank, or do you bypass it? Thank you.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:02 PM   #2
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Our RVs have only been equipped with Atwood water heaters, and this is directly from their service manual;
"Not flushing the tank accelerates tank corrosion on both our pilot and
electronic ignition water heaters creating a situation where the tank may have to be replaced. THIS WILL BE A NON-WARRANTABLE SITUATION"
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:35 PM   #3
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I have read to sanitize your hot water heater, and have read not too. My question wasn't so much the flushing of the water heater, but running bleach through it.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:56 PM   #4
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We never sanitize our fresh water system, I guess because we use our RV monthly, but if we were to sanitize it I would use vinegar and not bleach.
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Old 08-20-2016, 03:14 PM   #5
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Yes! If I am putting it to bed for storage for more than a few weeks, I'll make sure to pull the plug and drain the heater as much as possible. Leaving water stagnant in it can be one contributor to the "sulphur smell" the hot water can sometimes get. If it's been unused for a few months, then I will sanitize everything. The recommended amounts of bleach, for the recommended time, will not cause harm to the heater elements.
Some heater mfg.'s do recommend vinegar to get rid of the sulphur smell. But note, that vinegar is a very weak sanitizer, even at full strength (and I assume you do not have access to the many gallons it would take to have any real sanitization at all on an RV system).
Not including the heater in the sanitization just means you have a several gallon reservoir of possibly "yucky" water to deal with.
Bleach is cheap, very effective, and if used in the recommended amounts and then flushed, is safe.
Even for those that either do not sanitize or use some less effective solution - as long as the source of your water is always clean, the worst you'll get is something growing in it that makes it smell/taste funny. But nothing that will make you ill.
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Old 08-20-2016, 03:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for the great info.
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Old 08-20-2016, 04:58 PM   #7
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My owners manual has me bypassing the WH when sanitizing the FW system.
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