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No not me but this was a topic which carried a lot of very useful information for those unfortunate enough to suffer the trauma of getting diesel or petrol in their fresh water tank.
How do you get rid of the residue without having to get a new tank?
 

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The answer appeared to be a strong detergent, if I remember correctly.
There's no doubt it worked as a number of victims can vouch for.

The reason I posted this was that someone called Sue had been into the chat room just before 12.00 noon...................
Sue> Hi can anyone help me my son has put diesel into our water container. He has drained it out but what do I do to decontaminate it

She probably won't get a reply at this time of the day so I thought I would bring it to the Forums
 

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if its just a water container i would just buy another one

but for the fresh water tank well thats another problem

i reckon if that was my tank, i would be looking at flushing a very large amount of water through the system for quite a long time, and then looking for a liquid of some sort to add to the water to take the smell and taste away.

ive not been there yet so its very hard to know what to do to get around this problem but im sure someone will know better.

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Hi,

I recall somebody on the old forums had this problem and posted the following information as to how they resolved it.

Nothing really exciting in the way we did it.. Unlike carol I
put in £30 of diesel on top of some water and it was in there
for approx 1 day until I could get containers to pump it into...
I started by putting in hot water twice but that didnt seem to do
much.As I was looking around Makro we saw some MR MUSCLE orange
degreaser kitchen spray so we thought we would give it a try.It
wipped off the greasy film in minutes.Somebody else on the forum
told us to use a washing powder as it is designed to get out grease
stains so we filled with hot water again and added a couple of
ordinary persil washing machine tablets.Left it overnight then
rinsed and for the final treatment we added a few baby sterilising
tablets and left them in the required length of time.After each
addition we took Hymey for a ride to allow the water to slosh all
over the tank to allow full cleansing.For peace of mind we also got
a new pump as it had been dipped in the diesel overnight...
Hope this helps anyone else who befalls this disaster......

Also - look at Clover Chemicals.
I saved it to a document because I read it and thought, "you never know"!

My Sister swears by biological wash powder to degrease anything. It certainly cleans a waste tank nicely.

Nobby
 

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That's great Nobby.
Now the information is on here if anyone does a search in the future.
 

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We were unfortunate to have this problem and can vouch for the Mr Muscle and washing powder, it does take a long time but it does work. Don't put in too much washing powder though as then you have the problem in getting rid of THAT smell and taste. :D
 
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