Dont use milton in your fresh water tank!

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  1. Teasy2007

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    Hi We have been advised by Truma that you should NEVER use Milton, or similar products, in your fresh water tank as if any gets into your boiler it will corrode the Stainless steel in the boiler and cause it to leak and fail!!

    There are other products on the market, such as Aqua sol which will sterilise your tank without damaging the boiler. They are a little more expensive, but replacing a boiler is very expensive!

    Aqua Sol - is a complete water treatment that treats 625 litres of water. It is tasteless and odourless and easy to use. Simply add 1 capful (10ml) to every 25 litres of water. Aqua Sol kills bacteria and viruses, removes tastes and odours caused by plastics, chlorine and metals and helps keep water fresh.

    PuriClean 400g - Cleans and purifies all stored water systems. All water tanks, pipes and taps become contaminated with dirt, stains, bacteria and algae. PuriClean provides a simple, effective method of cleaning and purifying the complete water system. PuriClean is non-toxic and non-caustic. It does not taste, smell, foam or harm any components in the water system.

    We have always used Milton, hence the need for a completely reconditioned boiler!!

    Ginny and Mike
     
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    Good advice!
    These things are often overlooked!
    Webasto states that products containing chlorine should not be used on their boilers!:Eeek:

    Knowing how badly chlorine disinfecting products corrode forklifts in food factories, I can see the reason!
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I did not know that, I used milton in my old camper but I have not used anything in the motor home, as I thought that with the boiler and so many outlets it would not be possible to sterilise everything. So we do not drink the water at all not, even for brushing teeth. If I use Aqua Sol, is it OK to drink the water?
     
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    White vinegar is also good for sterilising the water system, if you fill up the water system with a strongish vinegar solution heat the boiler up and turn off leave overnight and drain / flush etc it will also help descale the boiler safely, used to be recommended by Truma until they brought out their own cleaning/descaling product.
     
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    BIG MONY IN IT GREED :thumb:
     
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    Thanks for the info :thumb: In the caravan we used both Aqua Sol and PuriClean but was considering a swap to Milton. Thanks again :Smile:
     
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    Isn't stainless steel supposed to be immune from corrosion?
     
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    In a word No.......

    It's a common misconception that stainless cannot corrode. They resist far far better than mild steel but they also can suffer numerous types of corrosion.

    Our cargo tanks on the ship are made from stainless steel. After each cargo we wash them, most of the time with sea water (as it's free are readily available in large quantities), but we always rinse and flush them afterwards with fresh water to prevent pitting and galvanic corrosion.

    More info here....
    http://www.estainlesssteel.com/corrosion.shtml


    :BigGrin:
     
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    same reason you dont leave bleach in a stainless steel sink. I know of an old dear who had always left her dishcloths in bleach in the kitchen sink over night. she had a new kitchen fitted with stainless sink replacing her old porcelain one. within weeks it was leaking like a sieve round the drainhole :Doh:
     
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    According to the information on Aqua Sol it is a powerful liquid biocide, used to purify on-board water tanks by killing all water-borne bacteria and virae.

    It also gets rid of tastes and odours produced by plastics, chlorine and metals, keeping your water fresh and ready to drink.

    A 250ml bottle will treat up to 625 litres of water.

    I have just bought a bottle from ebay for £7.20 with free postage, can't be bad.

    Ginny
     
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    I've just used some milton tablets in my water tank,
    i'll bin them now after your advice
    thanks:thumb:
     
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    aquasol ordered
    thats going to save me a few quid on bottled water and a new boiler....:Eeek:
    again thanks
     
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    I have been recently advised to use Milton tabs, hey I have just been advised here not to. So I am now not going to use Milton tabs, thanks for the advice.

    I reckon this should be kept near the top of the lists, as this is sound advice.

    Many thanks. I hope your reco boiler did not cost too much.
     
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    just use normal water out your tap . its got a bit of chlorine in enough to keep the tank clean and drinkable . milton is only a weak bleach . same as chlorine .
    if i have had to put other unknown water in just half fill with chlorinated water then have a drive around . empty and fill again . carry on drinking .
    i,m assuming you drink tap water in uk .
     
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    I have had the current water tank in my van for 5 years of fulltiming. Never cleaned it. I don't use it for drinking from but do use it for cooking, brushing teeth etc etc. Used to worry about it but not so much these days.
     
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    Glad you are taking precautions to make sure Charlie doesn't get a bad stomach from drinking contaminated water....oh yeah you and Mike as well (y)
     
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    Arrghh, used milton this week on our tank. No idea what had been used if anything previously as we have only just bought MH.

    We let it sit for 15 mins then ran it through all the taps etc but didn't turn the boiler on to heat the water.

    Hoping we haven't wrecked anything!

    Jen
     
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    I use mains water to clean mine - every time I fill it!
     
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