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paulthomas

Best Way Of Cleaning Waste Water Pipes?

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Just cleaning the 'van after two months away and getting it ready for storage. The waste pipes are pretty disgusting with bits of food and grease. Does anyone have a really good,plastic pipe friendly,system for cleaning them before I put Puriclean through the whole system?

All advice welcomed!

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I always rinse the waste pipes out after every trip, but if any start to smell I usually put a potato on one end to seal it, then I tie the other end up in the air and fill the pipe with diluted Domestos or similar. Leave it an hour then rinse it out.

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Make up a bowl of hot water and soda crystals and leave it to soak before flushing with clean water. I use a cork in the discharge to allow it to soak ;)

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I always poor a kettle of boiling water down the pipes

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Half a cup of bicarbonate of soda plus half a cup of white vinegar in sink's plughole. When the effervescence subsides empty the hot water tank through the tap. Pipes are clean as a whistle.

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I was given this bit of advice many years ago - bung up the outlet with a cork, potato - whatever you like to make it water tight (but able to be removed!) Then pour a couple of pints of the cheapest malt vinegar you can buy down the plug hole. Put plug in plug hole, hook up caravan and drive to your destination. When you arrive put a basin or bucket or whatever under the outlet remove bung and stand back! Believe me this really works. I used it on a motorhome inboard waste tank and got half a bucket full of the previous owners scraps out and got rid of that "peculiar smell" that had plagued us for several weeks. Granted we did have to drive from Lancashire to Dover but I'm sure that distance isn't necessary!

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I just use mr fenwicks fendox :)

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Be wary of too much boiling water, it may not do the glue much good that holds the pipe joints together, and before you know it water's coming out everywhere. Not sure if I caused this or if it wasn't put stuck together properly but I shan't be doing it again.

Ian

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We bought a little strainer for the sink plughole somewhere along our travels, and it stops the food scraps going down the waste pipes - makes a huge improvement.

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I use half the 2-part fizzy stuff you can get in the local Wilkinson's with the drain hole bunged up. Duzzit (I think) 99p works for me.

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Agree with ijk, when I did that at the end of last season, the waste pipe came off the sink in my Challenger 540 and dumped the contents over the racks and the cupboard, and a wet carpet. Stick to other "cold" solutions!

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I don't use ours for greasy stuff, we use disposable plates for BBQs etc

 

Hot water (as hot as the tank will heat to, not boiling) and a spoon of soda crystals, some bicarb, vinegar or washing up liquid after EVERY use keeps mine fresh

 

A few times a year I use baby steriliser/steriliser from caravan shop in the clean water barrels and rinse it through the whole system, in and out

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We always pour hot water down sink after every trip to clean out any grease.

Agri

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Thanks folks. Used soda crystals and hot water. Then flushed with plenty of cold water. Seems very clean now.

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