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How do you sanitize your fresh-water tank and lines?

hedgehopper
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The instructions that came with our rig use a lot of water. In scarce-water Colorado we do not want to use more than necessary. How do you do yours?
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12th_Man_Fan
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I use sodium dichlor 1 teaspoon per 100 gallons. No bad taste or smell.
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StirCrazy
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Bobbo wrote:
StirCrazy wrote:
ya and I am not seeing that phrase anywhere following the links you sent. wonder what's going on.




toedtoes wrote:
What does sanitizing your waste tanks have to do with sanitizing your fresh water tank? I think for most of us, we don't put poop in our fresh tanks. And a product that breaks down poop is probably not going to kill mold.

Somebody found a link to the wrong product and didn't realize it was for the black tank instead of the fresh water tank.


haha the only one I didn't look at
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Bobbo
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toedtoes wrote:
The one you linked to is for black and gray tanks. None of them state they are or frest water tanks. And again, what works to break down/cleangray and black tanks is not going to do anything for mold/algae in a fresh water tank.

Yes. That is exactly what I said when I posted it originally.

1. There was a discussion of fresh water tank treatment.
2. Someone posted that the ingredients of the product they found were "viable non pathogenic bacteria suspension" and asked how that worked.
3. Others posted that they couldn't find that product.
4. I found that product and posted it so everyone would know what he was talking about.
5. Someone posted that he couldn't find where it said it was for the septic system, or where the MSDS said "viable non pathogenic bacteria suspension."
6. I then posted focusing on "septic system" and "viable non pathogenic bacteria suspension."
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toedtoes
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Bobbo wrote:
StirCrazy wrote:
ya and I am not seeing that phrase anywhere following the links you sent. wonder what's going on.




toedtoes wrote:
What does sanitizing your waste tanks have to do with sanitizing your fresh water tank? I think for most of us, we don't put poop in our fresh tanks. And a product that breaks down poop is probably not going to kill mold.

Somebody found a link to the wrong product and didn't realize it was for the black tank instead of the fresh water tank.


The one you linked to is for black and gray tanks. None of them state they are or frest water tanks. And again, what works to break down/cleangray and black tanks is not going to do anything for mold/algae in a fresh water tank.
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Bobbo
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StirCrazy wrote:
ya and I am not seeing that phrase anywhere following the links you sent. wonder what's going on.




toedtoes wrote:
What does sanitizing your waste tanks have to do with sanitizing your fresh water tank? I think for most of us, we don't put poop in our fresh tanks. And a product that breaks down poop is probably not going to kill mold.

Somebody found a link to the wrong product and didn't realize it was for the black tank instead of the fresh water tank.
Bobbo and Lin
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2017 Airstream Flying Cloud 23FB

toedtoes
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What does sanitizing your waste tanks have to do with sanitizing your fresh water tank? I think for most of us, we don't put poop in our fresh tanks. And a product that breaks down poop is probably not going to kill mold.
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1998 American Clipper Fold n Roll Folding Trailer
Both born in Morgan Hill, CA to Irv Perch (Daddy of the Aristocrat trailers)

StirCrazy
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ernie1 wrote:
Captain Phab contains "Viable non pathogenic bacteria suspension". What's that? How does it work?


All it means is they are using bacteria to break down waist components in the septic tank treatments, and that the bacteria are not harmful to us, only the waist components. kind of like the ones they use to break down oil.
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stevenal
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https://www.captainphab.com/shop/portable-water-treatments/purge-tank-cleanser-for-portable-water-st...

This is the one referenced. I see nothing regarding sanitizing, only odor control. The price looks right.:)
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StirCrazy
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Bobbo wrote:
StirCrazy wrote:
ernie1 wrote:
I googled Captain Phab.


I even searched for that phrase and couldn't find it. send me a link so I can look at it, I'm suspecting it's not the potable water treatment you're looking at, but still interesting

This is the product that has "viable non pathogenic bacteria." This is for the black tank. The bottle even says it is for the septic system.

Captain Phab Advanced Enzyme Holding Tank Treatment

And, here is the MSDS.

MSDS



ya and I am not seeing that phrase anywhere following the links you sent. wonder what's going on.
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Bobbo
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StirCrazy wrote:
ernie1 wrote:
I googled Captain Phab.


I even searched for that phrase and couldn't find it. send me a link so I can look at it, I'm suspecting it's not the potable water treatment you're looking at, but still interesting

This is the product that has "viable non pathogenic bacteria." This is for the black tank. The bottle even says it is for the septic system.

Captain Phab Advanced Enzyme Holding Tank Treatment

And, here is the MSDS.

MSDS

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StirCrazy
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ernie1 wrote:
I googled Captain Phab.


I even searched for that phrase and couldn't find it. send me a link so I can look at it, I'm suspecting it's not the potable water treatment you're looking at, but still interesting
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StirCrazy
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TechWriter wrote:
According to Captain Phab's MSDS, it contains between 80 - 100% sodium percarbonate (aka "oxygen bleach").

So that other 20% is anybody's guess.

However, since Captain Phab can go as high as 100% sodium percarbonate, then you would save a lot of money by just buying generic:

- Captain Fab, 450g (about 1 pound) = $39.85

vs

- Sodium Percarbonate (10 pounds) = $49.95


if you download there MSDS sheet the rest is composed of different acids, which because they are not listed on the MSDS lets me know they are most likely food type acids. I thought about getting it bulk, but it isn't worth it, one container does both my 5th wheel and my camper for two years. so, it costs me 5 buck a cleanse. If I am going to cry about that I should probably sell my rv's as I use more than that in toilet paper in one trip.
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TechWriter
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According to Captain Phab's MSDS, it contains between 80 - 100% sodium percarbonate (aka "oxygen bleach").

So that other 20% is anybody's guess.

However, since Captain Phab can go as high as 100% sodium percarbonate, then you would save a lot of money by just buying generic:

- Captain Fab, 450g (about 1 pound) = $39.85

vs

- Sodium Percarbonate (10 pounds) = $49.95
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ernie1
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I googled Captain Phab.