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Old 09-14-2018, 06:44 AM   #15
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Yes, UB, I will be replacing that check valve as well but the ALDE also has an Automatic Air Vent (page 8 in the Manual) that is not closing (probably because of hard water deposits). I was told by Spencer that this valve needs to be opened from time to time to ensure that the air pocket is fully recharged. I only discovered the Automatic Air vent last Sunday because of a new water drip outside. To get to this valve I had to remove the seat over the Alde. I have never opened this valve before but I be doing it in the future. I will be adding this information to the Alde thread just in case someone else has the same dripping.
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Yes, UB, I will be replacing that check valve as well but the ALDE also has an Automatic Air Vent (page 8 in the Manual) that is not closing (probably because of hard water deposits). I was told by Spencer that this valve needs to be opened from time to time to ensure that the air pocket is fully recharged. I only discovered the Automatic Air vent last Sunday because of a new water drip outside. To get to this valve I had to remove the seat over the Alde. I have never opened this valve before but I be doing it in the future. I will be adding this information to the Alde thread just in case someone else has the same dripping.
Hi Ms. Laura, please repost this in Much Ado and tell us all how you cycled the valve open. Thx. James
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James, i have a couple of questions for Spencer before I write about the drip but as so as those have those answered I will post over on the Alde thread.
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:11 PM   #18
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I've never ... ever ... not once .. done anything about the "air pocket" on my Alde. So far I have not noticed any problems due to my excessive (and very well known) lazyness .....

I *have* had the Alde pressure valve pop open when hooked up to campsites with billion pound water pressure. (Go into the washroom, turn on a faucet and the water hits the bowl, it then sprays the room up to 6' high with water .... yes billion pound water pressure ...)

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A simple fix which has worked for several friends who suffered check-valve failures which resulted in city-water back-flowing and filling their fresh-water tank:
1. Turn off the city water and run the pump for a minute or two by switching it repeatedly on/off/on/off. This sometimes helps reseat the check valve.
2. Fill the city-water supply-hose with vinegar, then reattach the vinegar-filled hose to the AS, turn the city water on...but do NOT turn the AS water faucets on for several hours. This will allow the vinegar to dissolve the lime deposits which have contaminated the check valve. After a couple hours, run one of the AS faucets for a minute. This brings the vinegar further into the system. Then turn off the city water and run the pump for a minute or two. Then allow it to sit for another hour, and then empty the city water supply-hose thru the outdoor shower.
3. Buy a gallon jug of pickling vinegar (which is 9-10% acidity) and pour it into an almost empty fresh water tank. Run the pump for a couple of short bursts until you smell the vinegar inside the AS. Let it sit for an hour, then flush the system. This works almost 100% of the time.

Any of these might work by itself, but my favorite fix is No. 3.

Hope this helps.
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