Cleaning header tank

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Hello,

I’ve (horrifyingly) found a dead bird and it’s nest in the header tank in my loft. I’ve completely drained and scrubbed the tank with washing up liquid, refilled it, and am draining it out and can see bubbles and gunk coming out the taps (so far so good, if not the ideal way to celebrate a bank holiday!)

I have just read the washing up liquid is really bad for pipes. My questions are:

1. how do I get the washing up liquid out completely, other than continuing to flush it? (The hot water isn’t turned on, so it’s just cold, if that makes a difference)

2. When I’ve done that, are there any chemical cleaners you can recommend to clean any residual bacteria and bird out of the tank, hot water cylinder, and pipes? I know the tank feeds the hot water cylinder and there’s no way to scrub the inside of that, as far as I know!

Thanks very much!
 
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You need to use a Sterox kit from Fernox but make sure you follow the instructions exactly to get the full effect.

It's not difficult just time consuming to ensure that all the pipework and outlets have the correct concentration of chlorine before leaving it for the prescribed time.

 
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