It is important to have clean and safe water in your RV. In order to maintain this clean water, you will need to sanitize your fresh water RV system. Ongoing care is extremely important. You have to maintain your RV just like you would your home or your vehicle. The process isn???t extremely difficult. This is a job that you can do on your own with some time and care. If your RV has been sitting in storage, or you haven???t sanitized the water system in some time or ever, let???s talk about how to complete this process.
When Should You Sanitize?
There are some signs that will present themselves if you need to sanitize your water system. Let???s take a look:
- A foul odor coming from the water lines may be present.
- If your RV has not been used in the past month, this is enough time for bacteria to form.
- If you were notified of a boil water advisory after filling your tank, there is a need to sanitize.
- Algae is a sign there is bacteria present.
- As part of your yearly RV maintenance you can flush your water tank out. This is just as important as things like oil changes, air filter changes, etc.
How to Sanitize
The general method of sanitizing will include filling up your water system with a mixture of bleach and water. This solution will need to be fully run through your water system. A clean flush will then be administered. Here???s a closer look at the steps involved:
The hot water tank and water lines of your RV can breed bacteria very quickly. This is especially true if your RV is not in use and there is water sitting stagnant in the lines. You can remove this bacteria and other problems. Take the time to sanitize your water system so you can trust that you and your family will be safe on your next adventure. If you notice any remaining scent of bleach, you will want to flush the system out again until you are confident that nothing remains in the water lines.