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Old 06-24-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Question Water problems

Good morning. I bought a 2010 19 ft Bambi and did not check it well enough before I purchased. I filled the water system from the hose and now have water all over the floor. I discovered split hot water tank and a will now have to check the water lines. Any tips on how to check/repair the water lines behind the cupboards etc?
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums! The plumbing system in a 19' is fairly simple and straight forward...you should have reasonable access to the lines below the sink through the cabinet, under the stove by removing the drawers, through the closet and to the vanity and shower...the to the water heater through the outside compartment in the rear and under the bed,

But before I'd start tearing stuff out I'd try to determine if the water heater is the only place the system is compromised. Once that's fixed or isolated (by bypassing it) if you put some water in the fresh water tank (not full). Turn on the water pump (switch by the cook top)...to make sure the pump is functioning, run some water through a faucet. Then turn the faucet off. The pump will stop pumping. If the pump continues to run after you close all the faucets there is a leak somewhere else...THEN you'll need to find it.

Was the rig winterized prior to your purchase? The water heater may be the only culprit if it was not emptied during winterization, allowing the water inside to freeze.

Good luck!
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:32 PM   #3
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Bambi19,

Welcome to the forums, tough start with a water leak.

TBRich offer a interesting technique using your own water system to look for a leak, I have an alternative suggestion.

Do an Air test for leaks.

Similar to how you would blow out the water system for winter storage, but with a twist. Make your own pressure test tool. A trip to home center or hardware store req'd. Using a plumbing T with one end connecting to your water inlet connection, the side gets the pressure gage and then a tire stem to connect to an air hose. Then using a small compressor with a regulated air output set at say 35-40 PSI you then pressurize your system just like inflating a tire. As soon as it shows 35 PSI, stop inflating. As you are filling via a tire stem removing the air supply the system will hold air then watch the gage pressure. Pressure holds, good news, pressure drops, bad news. Time to listen for leaks. Good news using air doesn't make a potential mess. This test is very similar to what a plumber does to test water pipes on new construction.

This same tool can help winterize.

Good luck.

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