Peggie spent 3 days slapping my forehead with a sock full of wet sand to finally get her point to penetrate my thick skull that jury rigging
a freshwater flush system is a dumb idea and can have a bad outcome. Background: The dealer, at the request of the original owner, had plumbed an electric Jabsco
Quiet Flush to work
with both fresh water and sea water using a Y valve to select the option and a one way check valve to prevent back flow to the freshwater system. The objective: to cut down on head odor
from decaying sea water induced marine
matter in the hoses.
My thinking: if the dealer did it as a matter of routine it must be right. Right?
Because Peggie was so insistent this was a bad idea, I called my broker and the dealership VP of Ops and Maintenance
about the potential for a health/safety hazard. They both called back almost immediately following my call. (That of itself should be a clue.)They strongly defended this setup, saying it was fine and that nothing could go wrong -- perfectly safe. Nothing to see here.
Now suspicious, I talked to the mechanic
who actually did the install. He said they had done several of these with no issues that he knew of. (Pause) But they don't do it that way anymore. Now they use a vented loop and an electric solenoid. Hmmmm, why would that be I wonder? Because, lo and behold, this essentially was what Peggie told me was minimally acceptable, short of (best option) installing a purpose built dual flush-source system like Raritan
sells. (Peggie: please correct me if I have misstated your minimum requirements. I am paraphrasing - and really only want to reinforce your admonition. In short, when the potential exists of putting a deadly, undetectable substance in your fresh water tanks