We felt some cleaning of the caravan water pipes was in order. Recently, we have started to wonder if the occasional ‘dicky tummy’ while in the caravan, plus the water not tasting ‘quite right’, was attributable to something lurking within the pipes. Talking with others and specifically an excellent write up on yet another Facebook Group we opted for the advice to use Puriclean, as it seems, quite obviously, unattended, there will be things lurking in the pipe work.
Staying at Morn Hill Caravan and Motorhome Site we dropped into Winchester Caravans with a ‘Tenner’ in our hands for the products mentioned above and, like you do, walked out £67 lighter with a bag full of caravan goodies. We could have saved money on the internet no doubt but you can’t beat a good mooch around a caravan shop, plus, sometimes it’s reassuring to get genuine advice from knowledgeable staff or shout out a list of items while they locate them instantly. Anyway … I digress.
Puriclean … Approx £6 … I used just over a third of the tub, dissolve 9 teaspoons in a jug before adding to your 40L Aquaroll and give it a good shake, or a good roll if you are not Geoff Capes. Probably a good idea to stand for an hour or so,to clean all the Aquaroll. Time for a slurp of something cold whilst we wait. Fast forward just over an hour and we drew the water through every tap, including shower, until the water ran slightly cloudy and a chemical, almost swimming baths, smell was evident. Note, hot water will take longer as you draw approx 5 extra litres through the water heater. The container states, leave in pipes for 1 to 12 hours, so we retired for the rest of the bottle of wine … 12 hours later, hic, we drew a bit more through each tap, no reason, just for luck, then emptied the Aquaroll and refilled with fresh water, drawing through every tap until clear and odour free water came through. To be honest, this took ages and a further 40L of fresh water, so be careful to watch your waste water levels to avoid flooding the site. One bonus, your wastemaster gets a clean too. Result? Yes, impressed, the water is tasting much better and doesn’t have that ‘Off’ taste we recently noticed. It is recommended to complete this process twice per season, one of which to be at start of season if caravan has stood for a while.
Whilst others on social media will recommend the use of Milton for cleaning pipework it is worth bearing in mind that Puriclean is a powder that when mixed with water will Clean AND Sterilise your water system.
Milton is designed as a Chlorine (Hypochlorite) Based sterilising agent, whether you use the liquid or dissolving tablets. It is good at sterilising anything that is already clean, like baby’s bottles etc… It doesn’t clean the Biofilm from the inside of pipes, when bacteria are growing in water they produce a slimy, glue like substance that they use to attach themselves to any surface, as Bacteria reproduce, called Binary Fission, they can produce toxins, these can also stick to the Biofilm. Milton may kill most of the bacteria, but it doesn’t remove the Biofilm where the toxins are hiding. Milton will also attack the Metal in your water system.
Content for this blog has been taken and adapted from one of my previous blogs.