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Old 05-05-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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Black Tank

Tank starts to smell when parked for a while and weather warms up. Anyone use a mixture of Clorox and water in the tank?
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I wouldn't. The bleach not only kills bacteria needed for breaking down waste, it can harm gate valve gaskets. If your roof vent is working, there shouldn't be much odor.

Be careful not to have exhaust fan on when flushing, that will draw odors from tank into RV. If your tank hasn't been maintained, you might try the GEO method to clean them.
https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/

In addition, always have a couple of gallons of water in the tank to start, use lots of water to flush.

There are a number of products out there that can hasten breakdown or deodorize that are safe for the tank and seals. Don't use a additive based on formaldehyde, it kills bacteria in your tank and in the campground's septic system.
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Well I dang sure am not going to get in to that conversation.;o)
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Been above 90 for about a week next 2 days 103. went in the trailer thought it was a good idea to put some water in the black tank. Turned on the pump and flushed the toilet for about 3 min and holy ****. did not smell before that but boy it brought out the stink after that. Water evaporation? Not being completely dumped last time?? Help!
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Plus how do I check to see if the vent is working?
Trailer has no ladder but not a big deal
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You probaby need to give it a good flush. Use a wand if you don't have one of the integrated systems.
If you just dump and park it with the tank empty, it'll be nasty.
I would try one of the chemicals made for black tanks sold at most Walmarts and make sure you put at least 2-3 gallons of water back in there after you dump.

If you think there is some "solid" stuff still in there and you don't want to deal with the wand, pour a 5-10lb bag of ice down the toilet and drive around for a while. This will scrape everything loose and add water to the tank. Then go dump once melted.

I do the wand after 4-5 weekends of camping and fill the tank all the way with water. If you have a clear sewer connector, you will see how much more stuff comes out (a lot).
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The clear plastic elbow is a good (gross) thing to have! I was dumping my black, and then running the internal flush system for about a minute each time, then dumping that. I would the. Add 2 gallons of water and a new chem pack. I thought it was good since I never had a smell. During our last camp of 2013 I attached a newly purchased clear elbow, and was amazed how much came out. I ran the internal flush for at least 10 minutes with the black valve open. Every time I thought it was finally done, another big chunk of toilet paper or something else would zoom past that clear elbow. So, if you don't have that kind of system, I would make sure you add plenty of water and/or ice after you dump to help break down stuff as you drive home after each camp. Good luck!
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I bought the valtare king back flush. It has the clear elbow and I was surprised to see after 20 mins how much paper can really be stuck in there I don't know how but it does.

Also I added Xtream vents from company called coil n wrap. After installing these I use no chemicals and will have no odors. Just don't leave the fan on when flushing as then you will get a odor.
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Good advice above /\

After we dump and flush we add 3-4 gallons of water and drop in 1 or 2 cascade dish washer pods.
This has worked very well so far.

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I wouldn't. The bleach not only kills bacteria needed for breaking down waste, it can harm gate valve gaskets. If your roof vent is working, there shouldn't be much odor.
Be careful not to have exhaust fan on when flushing, that will draw odors from tank into RV. If your tank hasn't been maintained, you might try the GEO method to clean them.
https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/
In addition, always have a couple of gallons of water in the tank to start, use lots of water to flush.
There are a number of products out there that can hasten breakdown or deodorize that are safe for the tank and seals. Don't use a additive based on formaldehyde, it kills bacteria in your tank and in the campground's septic system.
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You are right again.

If/when you can smell black, (or gray), tank odor inside a RV, either
something in the waste water system needs to be repaired, (or replaced).
OR you're doing something wrong.

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Plus how do I check to see if the vent is working?
Trailer has no ladder but not a big deal
You'll know the vent is working when you dump the tank. If it was blocked, there would be a loud 'sucking' sound from cheater vents under sinks, gurgling in the shower/tub drain, maybe even sidewalls of black tank 'oil-canning' or slow flow of slinky hose.
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If you have a built in tank flusher use it, and get a clear fitting 45, 90 or straight, so you can see what's coming out. Use plenty of water, flush the tank for at least 5 minutes. If don't have a tank flush, either buy wand or make your own. I quit using the tank chemicals about three years ago. I only use cheap liquid laundry detergent and powder dishwasher machine soap at least one cup of each in each tank. Dissolve the powder before putting in. I buy mine at the $.99 store or the Dollar store. Never have any odor anymore. The detergents also keep you level probes clean.
BTW, you can put a small amount of bleach in you tank, 1/2 cup or less just make sure you have plenty of water in the tank. Don't worry about killing the bacteria, it's a holding tank not a septic tank. If the bleach is diluted enough it won't damage the valve seals.

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Thanks all. I filled up the tank, Caller a co. to come out and pump it out, Now add 2/3 gal. of water and a couple of the toss in's?
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If/when you can smell black, (or gray), tank odor inside a RV, either
something in the waste water system needs to be repaired, (or replaced).
OR you're doing something wrong.

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"either something in the waste water needs to be repaired,(or replaced )
a bit ambiguous
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