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Thread: FYI - Simple Way To Clean Liquidator Tubing & Fittings Without Disassembling

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    FYI - Simple Way To Clean Liquidator Tubing & Fittings Without Disassembling

    This is a simple way to clean the suction-side tubing, flowmeter and check valve on a Liquidator. I am using borates, so the buildup of white scale is slow, but my system does need to be cleaned periodically.

    Mix up a jug of muriatic acid diluted 5-to-1 with water. (Always add acid to water. Never add water to acid.)

    With the pump running, disconnect the suction-side tubing from the side of the Liquidator. Quickly cover the fitting on the side of the Liquidator with a finger to stop the chlorinated water from running out and quickly put the end of the tubing into the jug of dilute acid. The dilute acid will be sucked through the tubing and fittings and within seconds everything will be clean. Reconnect the tubing to the Liquidator.

    I was slightly worried about the dilute acid possibly damaging the spider gasket in the multiport valve or the heat pump core, or being sucked into the inlet of the Liquidator, although it seemed likely that the dilute acid would very quickly become even more diluted. Just to be sure I called Hasa and spoke to their Liquidator support specialist. It turned out this is the method that he uses to clean his own Liquidator.

    It still may be necessary to periodically disassemble and clean the floats, but so far I haven't had to.

    Side note - Since I am using borates I don't have the buildup of salts (aka "White Stuff") in the bottom of the Liquidator. When my Liquidator was new and I was anticipating having to periodically clean out the White Stuff I spoke with Hasa and they confirmed that a can or cup on the end of a stick could be used to "dip" out the salts instead of emptying the entire unit.
    15,000 gallon IGP, epoxy surface, waterfall, borates (!), not closed in winter
    SuperPump with 2.4 THP EcoTech variable speed motor, Tagelus TA-60 filter with zeolite media, Liquidator, AquaComfort heat pump, Blue-White flowmeter, Smartpool Wall Climber
    TF-100, LaMotte metal sequestrant test kits
    Sundance Capri hot tub

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    Re: FYI - Simple Way To Clean Liquidator Tubing & Fittings Without Disassembling

    Old thread, but I found this looking for help with scale build up in my Liquidator and thought this to be helpful for us Liquidator users.
    Middleburg, FL
    12,000 Plaster
    Pentair Intelliflo VS
    8 gal. Liquidator
    Hayward DE Filter

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    Re: FYI - Simple Way To Clean Liquidator Tubing & Fittings Without Disassembling

    How fast are liquidator users seeing this white buildup? Mine has been up and running for 3 to 4 months and no sign of it. I'm wondering if brands of bleach mater or make a difference. I use job lot liquid shock 12 percent.

    I also shaded the exposed tubing to reduce the clouding that forms.
    16'x34' Kidney 17000 Gallon IG Vinyl liner. Pentair IntelliXF vs pump, Sta-Rite System 3 DE filter. Liquidator, TF-100 Test kit w/ speed stir. Aqua Comfort heat pump, Dolphin Apollo robot, clear solar cover, stamped concrete deck.

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    Re: FYI - Simple Way To Clean Liquidator Tubing & Fittings Without Disassembling

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Howard View Post
    How fast are liquidator users seeing this white buildup? Mine has been up and running for 3 to 4 months and no sign of it. I'm wondering if brands of bleach mater or make a difference. I use job lot liquid shock 12 percent.

    I also shaded the exposed tubing to reduce the clouding that forms.
    I use the OSJL 12% as well and have no major issues with it. Just keep your PH in check.

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    Re: FYI - Simple Way To Clean Liquidator Tubing & Fittings Without Disassembling

    I clean my rig once, possibly twice a year.
    15,000 gallon IGP, epoxy surface, waterfall, borates (!), not closed in winter
    SuperPump with 2.4 THP EcoTech variable speed motor, Tagelus TA-60 filter with zeolite media, Liquidator, AquaComfort heat pump, Blue-White flowmeter, Smartpool Wall Climber
    TF-100, LaMotte metal sequestrant test kits
    Sundance Capri hot tub

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    Re: FYI - Simple Way To Clean Liquidator Tubing & Fittings Without Disassembling

    Been using the Liquidator for four year, with 12.5% chlorine for Ocean State Job Lot and have not problems with WS. I clean my line out at the end of the season.
    30,000 gal, 20 x 40 ft vinyl, IG, installed 2006
    1 HP WhisperFlo pump, 60 sqft Pentair Quad D.E., Liquidator(8 gallon) with 3/8 upgrade,TigerShark cleaning robot
    TFTestkits TF-100 with SpeedStir,WS
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