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[Equipment] Slime in the CPAP machine!
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RE: Slime in the CPAP machine!
(01-01-2013 11:06 PM)Sleepster Wrote:  You don't notice that the inside feels slippery to the touch, like the dog's water bowl?

No. Unless I'm not very observant or it takes longer than 2 weeks for the slime to build up at my place. Two weeks is the longest I've gone without cleaning all the parts.

(01-02-2013 12:52 AM)TheWerkz Wrote:  I have to clean my dog's water bowl usually twice a week and I always fill it from a Brita filtered water pitcher, I had always assumed the slime was a byproduct of her slobber. Too-funny

I don't let my dog drink out of my tank. Dielaughing
Seriously, i looked at our dog's water bowl and I don't feel any slime. Maybe our house is too dry at the time for that to develop. During the summer we run the AC and that also reduces the humidity which might be responsible for the slime build-up.

Based on this discussion, I thoroughly washed my equipment this morning, including the tank.
01-02-2013 06:41 AM
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Post: #32
RE: Slime in the CPAP machine!
Look, if you people really want to solve your CPAP humidifier issues, instead of tap water, distilled water or bottled water... just fill the reservoir with hydrochloric acid.... no more slime problems. As an added benefit, it will clear your sinuses (permanently) and probably will help your spouse as well (assuming you have a generous life insurance policy). oldman Bigwink

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01-02-2013 11:20 AM
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Post: #33
RE: Slime in the CPAP machine!
(01-02-2013 11:20 AM)SuperSleeper Wrote:  ... just fill the reservoir with hydrochloric acid.... no more slime problems.

And you'll never have to clean your tank again!

It should cure sleep apnea , too. Permanently.

Now, let's see, where did I put that old car battery that died on me?

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Post: #34
RE: Slime in the CPAP machine!
Cleaning only the tank did not clear up the odor problem.

So yesterday I cleaned everything. Tank, hose, and mask. Odor is gone and I had a good night's sleep.

I think the odor from the tank had migrated to the hose, so cleaning just the tank wasn't enough.

New Year's Resolution: Keep it clean!

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RE: Slime in the CPAP machine!
Brings new meaning to the term "sleep hygiene".

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Post: #36
RE: Slime in the CPAP machine!
I use distilled water when home, and whatever while travelling. I empy it once a week, and fill with vinegar, rinse, add water and good for another week. I don't think I have slime, but would never notice a terrible smell...as I have no sense of smell.
01-02-2013 09:17 PM
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Post: #37
RE: Slime in the CPAP machine!
(01-01-2013 03:43 PM)jgjones1972 Wrote:  The tank in my H5i is stamped "Distilled Water Only".

That's only on the US-only, non-washable tank. The washable tank doesn't have this.

Except in the US, almost everyone uses tap water in CPAP tanks because distilled water is not easily available.

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01-03-2013 01:54 AM
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Post: #38
RE: Slime in the CPAP machine!
(01-03-2013 01:54 AM)archangle Wrote:  
(01-01-2013 03:43 PM)jgjones1972 Wrote:  The tank in my H5i is stamped "Distilled Water Only".

That's only on the US-only, non-washable tank. The washable tank doesn't have this.

Except in the US, almost everyone uses tap water in CPAP tanks because distilled water is not easily available.
the water tank got from second wind stamped with "distilled water only", comes apart in two pieces but not as good (waste of money and useless) as the washable one which comes apart in three pieces and got stainless steel bottom

standard water tank ... 36802
washable water tank ...36800
http://www.resmed.com/us/assets/document...er_eng.pdf
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Post: #39
RE: Slime in the CPAP machine!
(01-03-2013 01:54 AM)archangle Wrote:  Except in the US, almost everyone uses tap water in CPAP tanks because distilled water is not easily available.

This is so true. I spent a good part of the summer in Germany and was shocked that I couldn't buy distilled water. They have tons of other types of water, but distilled water is not available in normal stores. Fortunately a friend of mine there is a chemist and he was able to bring me distilled water from his lab.
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RE: Slime in the CPAP machine!
(01-03-2013 02:06 PM)iSnooze Wrote:  
(01-03-2013 01:54 AM)archangle Wrote:  Except in the US, almost everyone uses tap water in CPAP tanks because distilled water is not easily available.

This is so true. I spent a good part of the summer in Germany and was shocked that I couldn't buy distilled water. They have tons of other types of water, but distilled water is not available in normal stores. Fortunately a friend of mine there is a chemist and he was able to bring me distilled water from his lab.
here distilled water cheap and readily available in supermarkets, cpap and auto parts/repair shops
my choice is to use plain tap water
I've used both distilled and tap water and cannot tell the difference
on the subject of difference .... viva la difference
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