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Old 20-08-2014, 07:06   #1
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Water System Leaks

The past winter in the Southern Maryland area had some very cold nights, and I thought with several oil filled radiator heaters and Pink water system antifreeze in the tanks I would be OK. The boat was berthed in a slip that had fairly good shelter from the wind, but still discovered pink water in the starboard bilge. Apparently had not put enough of the stuff in the tank. I thought I had pretty much drained the water system but may not have emptied the port side tank as much as I thought. I thought I had discovered the leak when I checked the transom shower head and found that the plastic had a split in it and it was dripping pink anti-freeze. Changed that out and did not notice any additional water in the bilge ... initially. I topped off the water tanks and turned on the pump.
More fresh water in the starboard bilge. I have checked all fittings under the sink and around the water heater. Hopefully not many of the Mahe group out there have had this issue, but any suggestions on where to check first will be greatly appreciated.
A side note, I recently noticed that my bilge pumps were not wired for constant power, allowing full atomatic use (like the ones in the engine compartments - they have a 3-position breaker on the panel). I had them rewired to allow me to turn them on as needed.
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Old 20-08-2014, 07:34   #2
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Re: Water System Leaks

rgary,
The pressure release valve on the hot water tank will leak a bit when making hot water. I always keep a container attached to it and empty it once a month.

Also make sure that you always shut off your outdoor stern shower valve, as the spray handle shut off is not strong enough to hold constant water pressure.
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Re: Water System Leaks

Cotemar,
Thanks, next trip to the boat will check and see if that helps. I suspect that I have another leak somewhere in one of those hard to get at places. Where is the water system pressure pump located on the Mahe's (I have the Trio version with twin tanks). Is it behind the starboard passageway hanging locker?
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Re: Water System Leaks

Mark,
Thanks!
I spent most of Saturday verifying the source of the leak and obviously now know where the pump is. The water was coming from the connection of the deck shower to the blue cold water line. Turning the in-line valve near the hot water tank off solved that problem. I see why you relocated that valve.
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