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Posted: 11/08/20 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I bought one of these to clean my hot Water tank. Five seconds after I started, the long tube blew off inside the water heater where it now permanently resides. I don't know what this means for the future of the water heater but would advise others to use extreme caution in using this poorly designed and manufactured device. Chuck

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Try one of these, you'll have to be extremely patient & lucky, but it beats leaving that thing in there.


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Posted: 11/08/20 09:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had one of those Camco Water Filler that you attach to your hose then stick down into gravity port to fill fresh water tank

Second time I used it the Tube blew off.....been inside my fresh water tank since 2008

Plastic tube inside your Water Heater????
I can see several issues:
Getting hung up on one of the Dip Tubes
Banging around breaking one of the DIP Tubes
Getting stuck in drain hole and blocking draining of tank

If Suburban ....easy to remove the electric element and give you larger hole to retrieve it from
Same if Atwood ...access not as easy due to element being installed from backside of tank

Either way....I would remove it


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HINT:
In further to flush water heater
Turn water supply off
Relive System Pressure...open faucet hotside
Remove drain plug
Turn Water Supply ON...FULL
Stand back and let it BLAST out the drain hole

*Cold inlet dip tube points downward and will stir up sediment on bottom of tank


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Thank you for the tip, I just bought one. I hope you get it out.

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bukhrn wrote:

Try one of these, you'll have to be extremely patient & lucky, but it beats leaving that thing in there.


Thanks. I have ordered one of these. Hope it does the job. Chuck

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chuckbear wrote:

bukhrn wrote:

Try one of these, you'll have to be extremely patient & lucky, but it beats leaving that thing in there.


Thanks. I have ordered one of these. Hope it does the job. Chuck
Good Luck, just remember, it's like fishing in the dark, and if it doesn't work, it's always handy around the house for other things.

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I would ignore it. it's a plastic tube it's not going to hurt anything.


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just leave the plug out, turn on water and plastic piece should work its way to the hole...then grab with some needle nose pliers.


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Posted: 11/08/20 03:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If Atwood drain hole is only 1/2" opening...may be too small to use grabber and pull tube out

Suburban has 3/4" drain hole and MIGHT be able to use grabber

Personally I would remove element ...1" Opening

Plastic....Suburban WH it could get stuck between combustion/exhaust 'U' tube which is STACKED on top of each other.
Plastic up against combustion/exhaust 'U' Tube can melt
Less chance with Atwood due to diagonal 'U' Tube...
Water temps could reach 170*/180*F if T-STAT Fails which could make that cheap plastic very soft/pliable (heck 130*/140*F might also...don't know temp rating of that cheap plastic)

Remove it...be done with it....why leave it to cause problems

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Why do ya feel the need to rinse your water heater ? Do you rinse the one in your house ?

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