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Post by KSH on Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 8:33

Got a couple of jobs to do today on the van and one is cleaning the pipes and tanks, when you do yours, do you do the hot water boiler as well or not?

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Post by Quicksam on Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 9:35

Never on all the vans owned have I cleaned the pipes. Always empty the tanks after a long trip and wipe the cold water tank out with a clean towel before filling it up.
We don't drink the water out of the tank.
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Post by whistlinggypsy on Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 10:31

I have used these tablets for a long time [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and they are very effective at keeping the Fresh and Grey water water very clean, aslo usinf the through running taps keepd the pipe clean as well.

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Post by KSH on Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 11:24

You should do John, doesn't matter if you drink the water or not, legionnaires disease can be caught just as easy if not easier in a shower than it can drinking water, as you inhale the moist air and it gets into your lungs. i always do the tanks and pipes but up to now never done the water heater properly, I have run the cleaner through but never left it in for any period of time

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Post by KSH on Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 11:26

I have them tabs too Bob

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Re: cleaning pipes and tanks

Post by Polly on Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 12:56

Hia

Now don't shout but does the water from the fresh water tank fill the boiler?
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Post by whistlinggypsy on Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 13:07

In a word Polly "YES" and thats not shouting.  Laughing 
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Post by Chameleon on Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 18:33

I never drink the water out of the tank.  But do rinse the water tank etc through.
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Re: cleaning pipes and tanks

Post by The Burchies on Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 19:42

uote="KSH"]Got a couple of jobs to do today on the van and one is cleaning the pipes and tanks, when you do yours, do you do the hot water boiler as well or not?[/quote]

youve gotta be very careful about what you put into the boiler some use "white wine vinegar",others use"hypochlorite" (Zappy tabs),I think either is fine the vinegar is for cleaning out or descaling only also the vinegar is good for the shower head just soak in a bowl.
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Switch off pump
Drain boiler by opening tap
Drain fresh water tank as above
Add white wine vinegar solution with water & fill fresh tank
Switch pump on to fill boiler
Redrain fresh water tank
Refill and flush through.
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Post by The Burchies on Wed 12 Mar 2014 - 12:47

Just flushed through the fresh water system ready for the next 3 months!.
Now I'm a "Happy Zappy"  Very Happy 
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Post by Polly on Tue 18 Mar 2014 - 12:21

Hia

Tablets and instructions just arrived

So I will study it and have ago
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Post by whistlinggypsy on Tue 18 Mar 2014 - 13:21

Polly read the instruction carefully and follow them as leaving the tablets in too long will cause a problem, 2 tablets in fresh water tank for two hours ONLY MAX, then run all the water through all the taps including HOT water taps so as the water runs through the heater, put 1 tablet in the sinks when running the taps so all the pipework gets a good cleaning, then leave ALL the water in the grey water tank for 1hr then drain, refill and drain fresh water as many times as you want until the water tastes/smells fresh again.
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Post by Polly on Tue 18 Mar 2014 - 19:56

Hia

Thanks Bob will leave it till Sunday when I have a clear day I hope
Will re read what you have said and digest 
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Post by Polly on Tue 18 Mar 2014 - 19:58

Hia

Bob when the water runs through the heater I don't have the hot water stitch on so it comes out as hot water do I
Just the taps in the hot water position as my taps are mixer taps
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Post by whistlinggypsy on Tue 18 Mar 2014 - 20:37

Thats right Polly you do not need to heat the water, just run it through the heater to clean it.
So run some on the cold tap then switch to hot water and run that for a few minutes, while you're running the water fill both you bowls (kitchen and bathroom) and dissolve a tablet in each then pull the plug and it will clean the outlet pipes into the grey water tank.
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Post by Polly on Sat 22 Mar 2014 - 9:51

Hia

Thought hey ho let's make hay while the sun shines and don't put off today what you are doing tomorrow
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I have started to cleanse my water tanks
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Post by Polly on Sat 22 Mar 2014 - 11:56

Hia

All done
Sat for ages (good job I had a coffee) waiting for the light to come on to tell me the waste was full. Went out to investigate and found the water leaking from the hose connection to the tank 
Oh well that's life going for a shower now
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