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Tips and Tricks for Healthy Holding Tanks


RV Toilet Tips and Tricks

RVs provide infinite access to explore new terrain from the comfort of home. One of those built-in comforts is the ability to cook, shower, and use the restroom no matter where the open road takes you. Your RV is equipped with grey and black water tanks. These are the work hoses that keep the water waste of your home on wheels secure and smelling fresh. Below are tips and tricks to keeping your RV water tanks healthy so that you can continue to enjoy the freedom of the open road, just as your RV has intended you to!


RV Toilet
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Grey Water and Black Water Tanks
Your greywater is any water runoff that comes from your kitchen sink, bathroom skin, washer machine, shower, or tub. Your grey water tank includes food particles, soap, chemicals, dirt, etc. The grey water tank is separate from the black water, which is strictly water that has gone through your toilet. It’s imperative that you keep your water tanks clean and healthy, just as you would any other part of your RV.

When maintaining a grey water tank remember to: 

– Be careful what you’re draining down the sink. No fried chicken grease down the sink, please!
– Do not pour down strong chemicals (cleaning compounds) down your sink.
– Any unused or expired medication is not permitted to be flushed down any sink in your RV.
– It is illegal to dump grey water wherever you see fit. Make sure you are dumping at designed RV dump stations only.
– Dump your grey water tank regularly to ensure you do not create build up in the tank.

When maintaining a black water tank remember to: 

– Be sure to only purchase RV toilet paper designed for RV tanks. If you’re looking for the best RV toilet paper in 2020, check out our recent blog post by clicking here.
– Do not flush unused or expired medication down your RV toilet.
– Some black tank cleaning chemicals contain formaldehyde. Some states have banned this chemical. Read all labels before using them in your RV to ensure you are not using banned products.
– Some RV black tanks are built with a San-T-flush. This allows you to hook up a water hose to it from outside of the tank and helps push off waste into the drain. Always refer to your owner’s manual for specific details about your RV model.
– To keep your tank from forming yucky build-up, a little trick you can use is to drain the black tank until there is a little water left then add several bags of ice and salt and run your RV over a rough road to clean away any build-up.
– Every black water tank has sensors built-in. If the water is detected at a certain level, you will be informed but there are certain situations where this can read false. For instance, if you have a piece of toilet paper stuck to that sensor, you could actually have water above that level, which can lead to an overflow situation. That said, don’t always believe the sensor or readouts. Check for yourself to make sure your RV toilet levels are correct.
– Experiencing black water tank odor? First and most obvious, dump your tank! This might fix the smell right away. If not, be sure to clean out the tank vent.

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