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Cleaning and Use of Your CamelBak Reservoir

How to Clean Your Reservoir


The best way to care for your reservoir is to clean it with soap and water and dry it thoroughly after every use, especially if you fill it with anything other than water. You can store your empty reservoirs in the freezer to keep them from getting funky between uses. However, if your reservoir has become mouldy or gross, here’s what to do:

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Use hot water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda or bleach. Mix the solution inside your reservoir and hold it up above your head while you pinch the bite valve, allowing the bleached water to run through the tube. You can also use CamelBak Cleaning Tabs.

Let the reservoir sit for about 30 minutes with the cleaning solution in it.

Wash the reservoir with hot water and mild soap. Be sure to completely rinse away any bleach, cleaning solution or soap before using it again. You can also use CamelBak brushes from the Cleaning Kit to scrub your reservoir and tube. Brushes are the best way to ensure you are scrubbing all of the areas of the reservoir clean.

Once the reservoir is clean, be sure to air dry it so no moisture is trapped inside, which can cause mould to grow.

These steps will make your reservoir safe for use. If your reservoir was really mouldy, the material might still look stained, but it’s safe to use.


How to Keep the Water from Freezing in Your Reservoir


Fill your reservoir with warm (but not boiling) water, which will take longer to freeze.

Drink frequently (a sip every five minutes or so) to keep your water circulating.

Blow back into the drink tube after you take a sip. This will clear water from the narrowest parts of the reservoir (like the bite valve and tube), which are usually the first to freeze.

Keep your water supply close to your body by wearing your pack under your jacket and routing your drink tube under your arm or through your pit zip. Winter packs also feature insulated drinking tubes, and many of the smaller packs are designed to fit both under and over your jacket.

On overnight trips, sleep with your water to keep it from freezing. Just lock your bite valve closed and then stuff your reservoir into the bottom of your sleeping bag. 

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My Reservoir Lid Is Leaking. What's the Problem?


There are two likely culprits: grit in the cap threads, or a twisted O-ring.

In certain conditions, particularly in sandy environments, fine grit can get into the threads of the cap, which will keep it from sealing completely when you screw it on. Check the threads for any dirt or grit, and give it a thorough scrub.

Next, unscrew the cap and take a look at your O-ring. The O-ring is the black rubber ring inside the top of the cap—it looks just like a black rubber band. If the ring is twisted or pulled out of shape, your lid won’t seal correctly. You can usually pop the ring back into place, but if it’s permanently warped or broken, you’ll need to contact the CamelBak Warranty Department for a replacement.


Info from http://www.camelbak.com/en/International/Sports-Recreation.aspx 

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