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Old 03-24-2021, 12:34 PM   #21
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huh. most of my dogs would drink from the toilet, creeks, any nasty water they could find even though we consistently put nice fresh water out for them.
My GSDs have always preferred the local mud puddles wherever we might camp.
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Old 03-24-2021, 01:05 PM   #22
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Just wondering. Why is it important that the water heater is not bypassed?
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There is an sacrificial anode rod inside that once tainted could pass on a unpleasant aftertaste.
I interpreted this the other way. I assumed ETI is saying to NOT bypass the water heater so the bleach solution can sterilize it as well.
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Old 03-24-2021, 01:49 PM   #23
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Just wondering. Why is it important that the water heater is not bypassed?
You should sanitize the hot water tank, same as fresh tank and pipes.
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Old 03-24-2021, 02:34 PM   #24
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Not sure if heating water with bleach to high temperatures is safe. The hot water should kill anything without the bleach, it is the lines that carry the water that needs attention to.
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Old 03-24-2021, 04:30 PM   #25
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What temperature kills bacteria in water?
149F
The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that bacteria are rapidly killed at temperatures above 149F (65C). This temperature is below that of boiling water or even a simmer.

Does bleach work best in hot or cold water?
Chlorine bleach works most effectively in hot water. It can be used in warm and cold water but you may not see the results you expect.
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Old 03-27-2021, 12:48 PM   #26
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Bleach solution is sitting in my tank and lines now. The manual says after 4 hrs to flush it until no chlorine smell.

If I just leave it until I want to use the trailer in a couple of weeks and then flush it, seems like that should be fine. Any reason I shouldn't? Seems better than refilling the tank with fresh that just sits.
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Old 03-27-2021, 12:52 PM   #27
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If I just leave it until I want to use the trailer in a couple of weeks and then flush it, seems like that should be fine. Any reason I shouldn't? Seems better than refilling the tank with fresh that just sits.

I'd be concerned about any seals (O-rings) exposed long term.
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Old 03-27-2021, 05:12 PM   #28
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I'd be concerned about any seals (O-rings) exposed long term.

Glenn is right. One night and then blow it out or drain it and refill it. You got to test it for taste anyway.

If it fails the taste test, flush and try again. Or quit drinking it. Ours still tastes great. Mountain water!
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Old 03-27-2021, 05:23 PM   #29
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Drained and refilled.
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Old 04-03-2021, 12:59 PM   #30
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The one that makes me sick is when they barf and then eat it again.

Makes me want to barf when I see that.
We have hunting dogs and do alot of field trials and hunt test with our girls. If they have been out in the field for hours and are really hungry, they will wolf down their food and then up chuck the food to eat and break down the food again. Yes, it makes my want to barf also, but I was told that coyotes and wolves do the same thing especially for their pups. It's a dogs life!
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