diesel in water tank

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  1. mac3

    mac3 Read Only Funster

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    Whilst out giving the van a run, for its own good, stopped for fuel, and my friend put 40 pounds worth of diesel into the water tank. Unfortunately, i was also running the heating before I realised the mistake (trumatic c).I think I had less than a 1/4 of a tank of water, also unfortunately. Had the sense to not use taps or flush at least. A bit depressed really.:Sad:
     
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    That's going to take some flushing out, look on the bright side at least you tank wont freeze.:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Get the drain plug out of the water tank, not sure what additive to use to clean it, sure somebody will come up with an answer.
     
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    i doubt anything will totally clean the tank so its fit to drink from again.

    CAK tanks will sell you a new tank and fittings or claim it on the insurance
     
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    my suggestion.

    drain all the water/diesel into containers (you'll need to dispose of it properly)

    get some none foaming detergent, dish washer powder should do.

    put the powder and a few gallons of boiling/very hot water in the tank and go for a drive.

    the detergent should 'disolve' the diesel.
    drain again and repeat.

    DONT run the pump with gritty detergent in the water.

    drain and part fill with water a few times and see what happens.

    cant think of any other solutions.
     
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    diesel

    I put £80 of PETROL into my DIESEl tank!! £130 to pump it out so total cost = £210
    Not sure how much anew tank will cost you but IF you can clean it out OK Good luck but I'd be wary of drinking from it
     
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    To be certain of no future "health"problems and no denting to your confidence, if it were me, change the tank. Could say thats what you pay insurance for when things unfortunately go wrong. Be certain,be sure.
     
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    if you manage to get the diesel out into containers let it settle for a few days and syphon it off the top of the water then at least you are only binning a pint or 2 of diesel instead of £40 worth.

    as for the water tank replace it and also replace the pick up pipe to the pump unless you are unfortunate enough to have a submerged pump in the tank, if thats the case bin that too.
     
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    I just found this on the internet as it appears to be a problem with boat owners, it might help:

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f115/contaminated-water-tanks-24909.html

    I don't know why you are being told to claim on insurance as it wasn't you who caused the problem! Your friend may have been trying to help but ultimately it is he who should be stumping up the bill if the tank needs replacing (which I think it probably will!). We bought an old Commer Autosleeper camper van which had had petrol put in the water tank, we never could use it for water so used to carry water containers around with us instead.
     
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    A small consolation, you're not the first, you won't be the last.

    We never drink from our tank, always use bottled or take from home, so if you get it clean enough for washing that might do.

    Bio washes diesel out of clothes, why not a tank.
     
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    Never tried it as we always change anything that has come into contact with diesel but you could try a few bottles of cheap coke

    Peter
     
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    Peter ... surely that would melt the tank away completely :Rofl1:

    Horrifying to think ... people actually DRINK this stuff!:Eeek:
     
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    Go to halfrords and buy a new plastic 1 gallon put diesel in it then put in tank. Now experiment on this container.

    Phil
     
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    diesel in water system

    I had a garage do that to me. Got johns cross to sort it out and it costs £ 3500 .
    Claimed on the garages public liability insurance. This was a large 24 hour garage that dealt with all size vehicles. Guess i got the school leaver who didn't ask which one was the fuel:cry:

    Found out the following weekend when i went camping. Had diesel flavored coffee.
    Doesn't harm you but not the best tasting coffee in the world :Rofl1:

    Everything had to be changed as it had tainted the whole system:cry:

    S:Cool:
     
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    safe side change the tank if you smoke you dont want to shower in diesel could be quite painful :BigGrin:
     
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    That is a real sod.:Sad:

    Hope you get it sorted soon.
     
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    Hi

    Sorry to hear of the problem.

    It reminds me I must take the key for the water filler off the vehicle key ring and leave it in the kitchen area, it might stop me doing it.

    Mike
     
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    first thing to do is drane the tank take the tank out wash with solotion of fairy washing up luqud use cold water for the first two or three times then see if it stll has a smell if so repet first step then wash with very hot water and good old blech and fairy very strong solution rins cleen refit tank it worked for me on my first van if that dose not work get a new tank:thumb:
     
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    hymer water tank for sale

    if you go on the Pre- Loved site there is a hymer water tank c/w pump for £65.00 dont know what model its from but you might get lucky
     
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    I agree



    Have a look at: http://www.aft.org/pdfs/healthsafety/fs_diesel0804.pdf

    diesel is not nice stuff I suggest bite the bullet and replace the tank and claim on your insurance.
    :Eeek::Eeek::Eeek::Eeek:
     
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