|80 gal water tank under the v-berth|
Ron got to work cutting wholes in the water tank to put in inspection ports. Up until this point there was no way to be able to a) know how much water was in the tank or b) see/inspect the interior of this 32 year old water tank. We had mostly been using bottled water for drinking but at times did use the tank water, which I totally admit had 'some floaties', when cooking/boiling it so I was a little afraid of what we might see in there.
Now that we can get to the inside we can clean it up, repair spots if necessary and slather on some (potable water) epoxy that will help protect the tank and give us clean(er) drinking water.
The good news is that pitting doesn't usually impact that strength of the aluminum...80 gallons of leaking water might make me cranky, let's not have that. However, in doing some research (Googling), it sounds like maybe we should be more concerned about corrosion under the tank that we can't see. Might be something we'll have to check out, if we can even get to it.
|The white spots on the left are some areas of light pitting, |
the white spots on the weld seem are mold
We'll do a follow-up post on how the epoxy prep/painting goes...stay tuned.