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9/16/16 2:00 P

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I do need to wash out my hoses more often. I avoid doing it not because I'm lazy but because I feel that I might contaminate them somehow in the process.....So I avoid too long which is not good. I just need to dive in, be careful & do it. Thanks, Cathy !! Enjoy your weekend :))))

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9/16/16 1:17 P

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Lucky,
It just occurred to me that you also were on the beginnings of cpap technology. Remember those horrible rigid face masks. The first mask put a dent in my forehead that took two years to reshape back to normal when I got my first flexing forehead arm. The only reason I kept using the equipment is because I had more energy.

I felt so alone. I knew no one with a cpap. The technicians didn't use one, so they were clueless to my complaints. I had to crank it down so tight to stop leaks that I had kitty whiskers for hours every morning. Now I know that some leaking is normal and looser is better.

Do you have any early horror stories?

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The pictures on line of your tubing looks like the wires are red.

It sounds like your cleaning method is good because you do use vinegar which inhibits bacteria and mold growth.

Just stay vigilant with a regular cleaning schedule and you should be good. You have done well for 18 years.

I got fanatical after I started doing research for this team and read about people dying from infections from dirty equipment. Of course these were people who never clean their equipment.

Also, I don't get colds, allergies and sinus infections any more. I attribute that to breathing clean filtered air all night, giving my immune system a chance to recharge from whatever is thrown at it during the day.

Also, I don't have a sense of smell anymore, so am pretty fanatical about baths, washing clothes, and cleaning things. Gone are the days of the sniff test to determine if something needs cleaning. It all just gets cleaned on a regular basis.





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9/16/16 10:32 A

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Thanks, Cathy, I have been filling my hose with half vinegar and half water & holding the ends before using soap and water to clean it. (Can't soak these climate lines).

I can't say that I have been as vigilant as you about cleaning my hose, but in the 18yrs that I've had my cpap I have not had a problem.....There's always a first time !!!

After the tubing dried last night, I still saw a red cast on the wires only. Maybe it's a revision of the product. It could be that my eyes see more clearly since I've had cataract surgery on both eyes in the past month and an half. But, I don't think that my cataracts were that bad to begin with.
It is first time that I have seen this, and up went the red flag....or should I say "flare" between my ears.



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I had to look up climate line. That is a pretty cool tube.

I wash my tubes daily or every other day depending on how tired I am. I wash with soap and water daily and about once a week, I give it a good soak in vinegar and water.

I am not sure your wires would like to be soaked in vinegar. I couldn't find anything about that. However, I did find a cpap cleaning brush Here is a link. www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2iIA8oVZPI The brush is in the first part of the video.

Also, in another forum, a gentleman mentioned that He liked the heated hose, because he could turn it up and dry it quickly.

After you wash your hose do you hang it up so it can drip dry? That will also help drain the water faster and help to prevent mold.

Red mold can be problematic. I fight it in my bathtub grout constantly, but so far no problem with my equipment. My hoses are over five years old. I have three and they still all work well. I think it is because I wash them regularly, hang them to dry and give them periodic vinegar rinses.

Hopefully, someone with the same hose can give you some more practical advice. Best of luck with this.

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9/15/16 8:31 P

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A while ago I noticed that my new climate line's wires were reddish in some lighting.
Has anyone ever noticed the same thing?.....or does my line have a bad case of mold??
The red is just on the wiring.
It is drying as I type, but I'm a bit nervous about this. I've never experienced this with my other climate lines.....or have I been unobservant?

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