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[Equipment] Need advice
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Trapped in blizzard. Tap/filtered water or humidifier shut off?
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Many people use plain tap water. Whatever you've got; if it's drinkable, you can use it.
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Thank you very much justMongo for the quick response. I will go ahead and do that. I appreciate it a lot
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Hi FallenAngel326,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you with your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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(01-24-2016, 03:44 PM)FallenAngel326 Wrote: Thank you very much justMongo for the quick response. I will go ahead and do that. I appreciate it a lot

I use plain tap water and dump it every single morning, and dry the outside of the tank and put it back in machine and run warm-up cycle to dry out it and the hose.

Every week or two I will let the tank soak in the sink an hour (or all day) with an ounce of white vinegar in the tank and the tank filled up to the brim with more tap water. The mild acid in the vinegar dissolves any mineral deposits in the tank.

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Welcome to the forum FallenAngel326! Hope you are not snowed in too long!
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(01-24-2016, 03:36 PM)FallenAngel326 Wrote: Trapped in blizzard. Tap/filtered water or humidifier shut off?

I agree. If you can drink it, use it. The primary reason we use distilled water is to avoid mineral accumulation. You can always soak it in vinegar/water (1:5 or 1:8) to eliminate any accumulate, but you may not even need to do that. I used tap water in my brother's bipap for a week and the accumulation simply disappeared during regular rinsing.
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As long as your water is better than that in Flint, MI, and doesn't have any unusual cloudiness or other possible pollutants, you should be fine with tap water. I would recommend dumping it when you wake up and letting it air dry. If you start seeing and deposits, usually white, or start noticing any odors, you should clean it with vinegar as described by others.

The only purpose for distilled water is to avoid deposits and residues.
Walter W. Olson, Ph.D., P.E.
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Not trying to gross folks ourt but at least here, there is an "acceptable amount of human feces" in the city water.
Hence we drink bottled spring water.
And im sorry but there is no acceptable amount of human feces im blowing up my snoot under pressure LOL
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Ghost, I wonder how do you wash your face... especially if you consider what fish do in the water!!! And do you have a humidifier in your home?

In a pinch, I never hesitated to use tap water in the humidifier. I boil it first or let it stand for couple hours to get rid of chlorine but, I don't consider it mandatory. You can also run it through a filter. I have a Brita bottle that I do use for drinking but never bothered with filtering for the humidifier.
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