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Cleaning water tanks

My new old boat''s water tank has some pretty cruddy, slimy, residue in it. Any suggestions for cleaning out the tank and water lines? Would running chlorine through the lines do damage to hoses or faucets? The boat has plastic tank.

I doubt I''ll ever use the water from the tank for drinking water, but I''d like it to be clean enough for washing, etc.

Thanks for your help!
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Cleaning water tanks

To sanitize your water tanks add 1 cup of clorox for each 10 gallons of tank capacity. Fill the tank(s) then run all of the taps until you can smell clorine in the water from each. Turn off and let set for at least 24 hours (not over 48). Then drain each tank and refill with water, drain and refill until you can no longer smell the clorine.

The tanks should be given this treatment each year to "shock" the system and keep things under control.

Good luck,

Jim
I-36 Mon Ami
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Cleaning water tanks

The Clorox treatment is a good idea. I follow that with a dose of white vinegar. If you tanks are really bad, I would drain completely first and then use a wet/dry vac and brush or pad to clean the inside of the tank.
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