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    I brought my totes to a self serve car wash last year. Worked quite nicely. Just make sure you rinse thoroughly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billyinvt View Post
    I brought my totes to a self serve car wash last year. Worked quite nicely. Just make sure you rinse thoroughly.
    Most car washes recycle water. So whatever came off cars will be in your sap. Gas. Oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haynes Forest Products View Post
    When you scrub and scrape on the interior of the tank you will cause areas that will be harder to clean and will allow bacteria to hide.
    Agreed, Most of the time I can get my tanks clean with just the pressure washer but can get inside now to clean the stuff that won't come off with the pressure washer.
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    Much like Haynes ( i can't believe I said that!) we don't worry about getting tanks perfectly clean after the season, just a rinse. Invariably they need cleaning again the following year anyway.

    When the season arrives, we want them sparkling. After working through the tiny port I gave up, we cut the top off and replaced it with a sheet of polycarbonate plastic. Now we lift that off and can easily wipe down the sides and bottom. We use H202. This system works great for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiam View Post
    Most car washes recycle water. So whatever came off cars will be in your sap. Gas. Oil.
    Right. That was the rinse thoroughly part. Before sap goes in, we do a warm water bleach rinse and three of four fresh water rinses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billyinvt View Post
    Right. That was the rinse thoroughly part. Before sap goes in, we do a warm water bleach rinse and three of four fresh water rinses.
    I get it. It’s ok to spray gas in you sap tank as long as you use bleach after......
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    Last i used a car wash, it didnt put the mud, oil, and tar back on my car. I dont think a carwash would last long if they recycled back to their hoses.

    Now i do know that the good ones use a R/O to give you that nice spotless shine.

    A car wash is probably a better choice than the hose from the well, which is located only 100ft away from the septic leach field.
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    I don't think anyone is advocating spraying the tank with gas. I cleaned a tank I use here in Denver that had Guava oil and it was nasty sticky. I squirted in a bottle of Dawn and went to the car wash and closed the valve and sprayed away until it was full of foam and drained as I sprayed. I can say that it was nice and clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Lampron View Post
    I bought and installed these manhole covers that I got on Amazon. I lay the tote on it's side and reach in and scrub all of the surfaces with a Scotchbrite pad. I then rinse it out with a pressure washer.

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    Anybody ever install one of them covers on them plastic tanks,that are made for hauling water in the back of a pickup?They have such little covers,one mounted in center would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiam View Post
    Most car washes recycle water. So whatever came off cars will be in your sap. Gas. Oil.
    Not all places recycle but for those that do, it's filtered, sometimes through an RO:

    http://www.carwash.com/carwash-water-recycling/

    If a place advertises a "spot free rinse" then the water has to be pure, otherwise anything in it would leave a spot behind.

    That being said, I don't know how the washer at a car wash is any different than a pressure washer. I have one that I use exclusively with water and it's probably one of the best investments I made for clean-up.
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