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Old 05-26-2013, 01:25 PM   #1
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When to add Sewer Chemicals

When we park our rig for a while we don't use it for months sometimes. After flushing tanks, should we put in Chemicals if we know it will sit for two months? Do the chemicals (no formaldehyde ) go bad in the tank? We are having a lot of odor issues (have solar vent fan) and am wondering if that is the prob. Or do we load 'er up each time?
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:36 PM   #2
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Buy a bottle of liquid Rid-X and use a couple of cap fulls after each time you dump the black tank.

The odor will disappear within a couple of tank dumps.

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We keep the "Happy Camper" treatment in the tank all the time, sitting or moving. We have never had a problem with odor!
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If you add plenty of water and keep your tank vented, chemicals should not be necessary.
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If you add plenty of water and keep your tank vented, chemicals should not be necessary.
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We never waste chemicals while stored
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Forget the chemicals. As long as there is water in the P-traps, some in the grey and black tanks, and the vents are working there should be no problem.
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We do have a vent fan on our sewer vent. There are no P traps on this toilet, it goes straight down. Smells like the tank had broccoli AND beans each time we flush when using. We keep it cleaned out. Use the Thetford chems right now.

Was not sure if they went " off" after sitting for a long time.
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You should try the "Geo Method" to keep the tanks clean and odor free at almost no cost. Have used it for several years.
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We do have a vent fan on our sewer vent. There are no P traps on this toilet, it goes straight down. Smells like the tank had broccoli AND beans each time we flush when using. We keep it cleaned out. Use the Thetford chems right now.

Was not sure if they went " off" after sitting for a long time.
If there is a vent fan and still getting odor. there are only two possible causes. Fan is not working or there is a blockage of some sort in the vent.
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We do have a vent fan on our sewer vent. There are no P traps on this toilet, it goes straight down. Smells like the tank had broccoli AND beans each time we flush when using. We keep it cleaned out. Use the Thetford chems right now.

Was not sure if they went " off" after sitting for a long time.
Try leaving a little water in the bowl of the toilet...that'll act like a p-trap
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Is water remaining in the toilet bowl after you flush? If the water seeps down over time ,the smell seeps up. It's time to replace the ball seal. It's a easy 15 minute job if that's the problem. Leaving chemicals or toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl between trips is not good for the ball seal gasket, not sure if that's your problem but that's what happened to me.
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Couple of gallons of water in the tank and drop a green Bio-pak into the tank through the toilet. Repeat after emptying the tank.
If the bowl is not holding water try using plumbers grease on the seal. Turn the water off, hold the valve open and apply grease to the seal. Unless the seal is really bad it will work until next year.
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Drain the tanks, add about four gallons of water to tank, fill toilet bowl and add chemicals, flush. Leave water in bowl.
If the bowl looses water the seal needs replacing. By keeping water in the bowl at all times and using a chemical with palm oil in it we have never had to replace a bowl seal gasket. Yep, in over 50 years of RV'ing I've never had one go bad.
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We keep the "Happy Camper" treatment in the tank all the time, sitting or moving. We have never had a problem with odor!
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