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My scooba isn't picking up any water and the dirty tank is dry

I've tried washing the tank with water and vinegar, the brushes are clean, I've alternated between scooba solutions and vinegar...any suggestions?

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  • Tregithew Jan 24, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem.  For this reason my wife doesn't use the scooba very often, but on occasions when we've used it again with 24 hours I think it generally does better on the second run.
    Still when we first got it it did great every time.

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    stopped picking up water

  • smorris38 Mar 16, 2009

    noticed the last two times I used Scooba the floor was very wet, and even though the clean water had been used, the dirty tank was empty - ie. not picking it up the dirty water.

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2009

    Me too.

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I found that if I filled the two oblong extended openings under the tank with water and gave it a quick **** I was able to clear a large amount of cr@p out. It took many attempts to get it to the point where I could blow into the holes and sense a clear passage. The good thing is that it's an easy fix; the bad thing is you have to get a mouthful of cr@p.

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This has happened to me twice. Frustrating. The first time I fixed it by half way filling up the dirty tank side, shaking the living bejeezes out of it, rinsing, and repeating a few times until big nasty clumps of **** fell out of the tank. The second time I was able to fix it by half way filling both sides of the tank (clean and dirt sides) with salt water, shaking the living bejeezes out of it, rinsing with fresh water, and repeating a few times with fresh water until big nasty clumps of **** fell out of the tank.

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