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I read where Wolfe talked about flushing hot water tank, and using a siphon with flushing wand. could Wolfe or anyone else explain this in a little more detail. For us RV'ers who are a little less tech savvy. And Me who is a little slower on the up take.

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Yes, starting with a full, but depressurized water heater, remove the drain plug. Immediately insert one end of the clear plastic hose into the water heater. Start a siphon, either by sucking on the other end (it is potable water) or just lowering it to the ground.

Once the siphon has started, work the tank end around in the bottom of the tank. With the clear hose, it is easy to see what you are vacuuming up-- usually white chunks of minerals. If this has not been done in awhile, one tank of water may not be enough to remove all of them. If so, have someone turn on pressure water to refill the tank. Basically, you want to continue vacuuming until there is nothing but clear water coming out the hose.

In many cases, were you to put the other end of the hose in a coffee cup, you would fill the coffee cup up with mineral deposits. No different than a home water heater.

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Brett's method works great. Here is another helpful tool to help rinse out your tank.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/water-heater-tank-rinser/49070

If you have a Suburban brand heater you may need to check your anode rod If you have one it is attached to the drain plug and sticks into the heater.

Bill

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