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Old 11-04-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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Black water tank smell

This has been on but I cannot find it.
I know you use Calgon water softener and something else. I had the mix but lost the sheet I wrote it on. My tanks stink and I know this does work. If some one will post the formula it would be appreciated.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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You can clean your tank(s) to operating room cleanliness.....but anything you put in will have an odor, after a while.

I saw a post of yours from August with 56 replies. I did not read them as coffee is ready. Could it be your grey tank and the ABS spring loaded relief valves on the ends that are the problem?
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"Happy Camper" is supposed to be the best.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:08 AM   #4
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google "The Geo Method"
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:34 PM   #5
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I have it written down at home, when I get home later tonight I will post it for you
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:43 PM   #6
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Yeah, you're probably thinking of the Geo Method. Search the forum and you'll find tons of material on it.

The suggestion that you might have vent/valves stuck on the grey tank is worth looking into as well. Grey can smell every bit as bad as black tanks but it's nearly always a venting issue if you're getting odors inside the coach.

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Make sure all the P-traps have water in them. We occasionally will get a sewer,odor in the coach and it is usually because the P-trap on the washer is empty.
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This has been on but I cannot find it.
I know you use Calgon water softener and something else. I had the mix but lost the sheet I wrote it on. My tanks stink and I know this does work. If some one will post the formula it would be appreciated.
What do you have for a coach?

I put a venture type vent cap on my black tank vent and to keep the tank clean I use about a cup of Walmart brand, cheap, power dishwasher detergent with enzymes after each dump, plus I use baking soda down the shoot just to sweeten things up a bit more. If the tanks starts to smell again I add a bit more of each power if dumping is not required. Have not had problems since we started doing these things.
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This has been on but I cannot find it.
I know you use Calgon water softener and something else. I had the mix but lost the sheet I wrote it on. My tanks stink and I know this does work. If some one will post the formula it would be appreciated.
You are looking for the Geo method

The Geo Method / Black and Gray Water Holding Tank Maintenance

This is from our site
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The amounts you need are:
2 Cups Calgon water softener mixed with 1 gallon water, add to black tank.
1 c. laundry detergent (can be liquid or powder) add to black tank, I like to mix the detergent with 1 gallon water before I add to black tank. When your tank registers about 1/2 full add 1/2 gallon bleach.
Good luck hope this works for you, it does for us.
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X3.......I have used this for several years and have been very pleased with the results.
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As has been said here many times before, if properly vented, installed, P traps correctly installed and working correctly, you do not need any kind of deodorant.

If you don't use it at home, you don't need it in an RV. I use Calgon to help the contents ''slip'' out of the tank, has nothing to do with odor.

Deodorizors, Aqua Kem, etc, are a big help to the manufacturer's bottom line.
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Water, water, water. That's all that is needed.

If you have odor in the coach then there is a problem with seals/traps. And notice I didn't say black tank odor - the grey can smell as bad/worse. So you need to figure out what seal/trap is dried out/not working correctly and get that fixed. Also agree that the rotating vanes work great to keep air moving up and out of tanks - we have them on both tanks. Got when we were having problem with the grey tank and the problem was not a tight fit where the washer/dryer discharge tube went into the great tank. Once we took care of that, problem solved.

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