Saturday, September 22, 2012

Uh Oh....Water On The Floor!

One of the most terrible things to happen on your RV is to discover water in a place that shouldn't have water there. The plumbing system is of a basic thing and similar to your house. The problem is trying to find where the heck the leak is. I am going to try to break this up into different parts. All of this has potential areas of water leaks.

The Pump and City Water Connection.

Your water pump delivers water to your RV from the water tank. It runs off of your battery so you can have water pressure at any time, as long as there is water in your tank of course. The pump provides about 45 psi of pressure. When you are hooked up to a park's water system you might have too much pressure and a water regulator is needed. The RVs plumbing system is rated usually for no more than 45 psi. (pounds per square inch) Also when hooked up to the park you do not need to run your pump. I do recommend an RV water hose for your unit.

The Water Lines:

The water lines in your RV are made of a durable plastic tube. They may or may not be color coded for hot and cold. The connections are normally hand tighten type and can be found at your local hardware store. At least check them out before heading to the RV store. There's not a lot you have to do here but I would check the tightness of all your connections. If you use your unit frequently the travel may loosen some of your connectors. This happened to us under the bathroom sink. Water is sneaky and can do damage before you even notice that there is a leak.

Funny Looking Gadgets:

I mention this because you might have a leak at this gadget. What I am talking about is a Vacuum Break Diverter Valve. It is used on your toilet when you flush. What this valve does is allow some air into the flow of water after flushing. When you take your foot off the pedal, water will stop flowing and this is when the air is introduced. By allowing air into the system it prevents a suction of water from your toilet. This way your water system will not be contaminated. I have two of them, one for the toilet and one for my flushing of the black water tank.


There might be some confusion on this. If you purchased a "All Season" RV this doesn't mean that your pipes won't freeze. What it does mean is that your gray and black water tanks are not exposed to the elements underneath. They may or may not be heated as well. What you can do to help prevent freezing is to have your cabinet doors open during the night or day when temps drop. What this will do is allow heat to the pipes. In my fifth wheel I sometime will turn on the lights inside the cargo area, aka the basement.

If you experience water leaks the repair is easy, it is finding where the leak is that's tough.

Until Next Time................Be Safe.


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