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Old 06-18-2013, 02:41 AM   #1
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White/Greasy Substance in Fresh Water Tank

I am having problems with my water pump and had an RV mechanic look at it. Come to find out, there is a white/grease like substance in our fresh water tank that is plugging up the intake hose and has plugged the drain hose completely. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to clean it out or the Big Question, what is that substance? Has anyone ever heard of finding this mystery white/greasy goo in a fresh water tank? And do you suggest replacing the whole tank or try to some how flush that stuff out? This is a new TT for me and had only 1 previous owner. I always flush the system out every month and use filtered city water to fill it. I have drank the water from the TT and it doesn't have any strange taste or have a strange oder, and I haven't had any ill affects. Anyways, I hope someone has an answer or suggestion. Thank you in advance.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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cold it be something like baking soda mixture? I've heard of people who put baking soda into their tanks to "purify" them!
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:05 PM   #3
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Don't know if this will help, but I had a similar experience in Arizona with a water filter and tank that had not been used for 6 months. The tank had not been drained. The minerals in the water created a white jelly like substance that plugged the filter. Had to throw the filter away and sanitized the tank and flushed it several times using swimming pool disinfectant.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:56 PM   #4
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To my wonderful extended RV family. Thank you all for your responses. After a lot of thinking and hair pulling, I pulled my tank and cleaned the heck out of it. That was quite the chore considering my TT has a sealed underbelly and I have never done this before. My wife wants a new tank, so I called a half dozen places before I finally found a person to talk to and ordered a new tank. In the mean time I put the old one back in case the new one doesn't arrive before our trip from Virginia to Montana.

After some research, I found the original owners had well water and never treated, or emptied the tank since they had installed an aftermarket filter between the tank and pump. This is why I think the slime was growing in the tank. I have learned a lot from you all and I will be bleaching my system multiple times a year. Again, thank you all for your support, guidance, and teachings. Until the next time this newbie has questions, I will talk to ya later!
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:13 PM   #5
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Put dish washer soap look at RV Greek’s on u tube they will tell you how
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