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Old 06-06-2012, 12:30 AM   #1
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Why is My Water Coming Out Like Soda Pop?

Have just hooked the city water up after dewinterization. The tap water is coming out like it is carbonated - lots of bubbles with a good head on it.

I am assuming there is still air in the system and have been running the tap a lot, but it is still foamy.

Anyone else having/had this problem? Did the water eventually go flat again?
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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I have seen that issue when all the pink antifreeze is not yet cleared out of the system. Try letting it run a good bit, especially on the hot water side, where the water takes time to flush out.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:03 AM   #3
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idroba, I think you are bang on with that. I tasted the water - has a definite soapy/slick taste and feel.

I haven't turned the hot water on yet. Will do. Thanks so much!
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I have experienced the same after dewinterization. Sometimes it takes quite a lot of flushing to get all the anti-freeze out. One year I used the wintergreen flavored anti-freeze, and never thought I'd get it all out of the pipes.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:28 AM   #5
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This is why you want to winterize with EverClear....

I agree it takes a loooong time to completely clear the lines of the antifreeze. I typically hook my trailer up to city water, fill the system up, open up the gray tank and the drain line and let er run until it is clear. We also sanitize annually using a dilute bleach solution.

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This is why you want to winterize with EverClear....

I agree it takes a loooong time to completely clear the lines of the antifreeze. I typically hook my trailer up to city water, fill the system up, open up the gray tank and the drain line and let er run until it is clear. We also sanitize annually using a dilute bleach solution.

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Beat me to itÖ I was going to recommend vodka. Vodka freezes at 30-below, Everclear freezes at 110-below (Farenheit), so you only need Everclear in the great white north. Best of all, you don't even have to drain the alcohol to un-winterize (springize?), just dilute with water until you reach your desired level of inebriation. No need to add bleach for disinfecting, either; any microorganisms that can survive in the alochol deserve to live!
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:56 AM   #7
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Anyone else having/had this problem? Did the water eventually go flat again
We had this happen for the first time this year and figured out it was because this is the first time I had an RV shop winterize the Airstream. When I winterize it, I completely drain the freshwater tank, leave it dry, and fill the lines and water pump with antifreeze. In the Spring,I put 20 gallons of water or so into the empty freshwater tank and takes only a few seconds to flush the pump and the foamy lines out.

The shop apparently put pink antifreeze in the freshwater tank, and not knowing, I did not drain it before filling when de-winterizing. So, while at the RV park on city water the lines ran clear, then while on the road, the water pump pulled water/antifreeze mix back into the lines and the foaming would start again.
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Dewinterizing is also a good time to make sure there is any "crud" accumulated in your faucet screens - while not necessarily the cause of the foaming, it can restrict the water flow & be a contributor. But the main thing is to get all the pink stuff outathere.

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Be sure to wash the antifreeze away also when it is out on the ground possibly, as animals will drink it and it will knock them out cold.
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After all the anti-freeze appears to be out of the system, Check your hot water heater bypass, drain plug, and valve to see if air is being introduced into the water system. That is what it was for me. Spiggot looked like it was hooked into a pop dispenser.
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I do not think this kind of antifreeze is dangerous to people. Jim
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Do you have a filtering system?

Might want to pull the filter and see if somehow it got 'winterized' too. Mine had one in-line in the sink and i had to replace it.
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It may be a combination of things

This spring when i dewinterized after putting AF in the freshwater tank, had the same foaming problem. Let it run and run but discovered if i took the aerator off the galley sink... voila... clear flowing non foaming water. Same deal with the lavatory sink.

Just let enough water run through to clear out the AF, it may take awhile.

Not sure that I will do the AF in the freshwater tank next winter.... maybe just blow the lines and put AF in the drains as the coldest we got here in DFW land this winter was high 20s
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I never put it in my tank. Also remove the filters prior to putting antifreeze in the system. The RV anti freeze is not poisonous like regular radiator antifreeze.

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