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Old 03-17-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Black water tank

I never really expected to have a grey water tank. All of a sudden I've even got a black tank. I'm not worried about the mechanics of the matter. But I would like to hear what folks think are the most appropriate tank additives and why.

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I never really expected to have a grey water tank. All of a sudden I've even got a black tank. I'm not worried about the mechanics of the matter. But I would like to hear what folks think are the most appropriate tank additives and why.

Your thoughts?
Thanks in advance.
We use Odorlos brand tank treatment and it has worked well for us for many years. We have other stuff on the shelf which will never get used.

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Hi: DaveK... We use "The Geo Method". It's a combination of Calgon water softener, Laundry detergent and bleach. These are all things that we take with us for long trips, and they stay in the trailer all season. Using these products seems easier on dump station septic systems and a more environmental sensitive thing to do.
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Hi: DaveK... We use "The Geo Method". It's a combination of Calgon water softener, Laundry detergent and bleach. These are all things that we take with us for long trips, and they stay in the trailer all season. Using these products seems easier on dump station septic systems and a more environmental sensitive thing to do.
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The geo method may be better on septic and treatment systems than formaldehyde based products, but Odorlos (no formaldehyde) actually aids in the treatment process without environmental impact.
Detergent and bleach can harm the "digestion" process in septic systems.
I've never tried any homemade treatments, but there are plenty of them out there, so the geo method could well be the best of the Home remedies for all I know.
One drawback I have heard with Odorlos, but not experienced, is that the tank must be free of other treatments and clean before starting it's use or they will detract from it's effectiveness.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:02 AM   #5
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We use no additives to our black or grey tanks. We dump and before we hit the road we add a couple of gallons of water to each tank and let the slosh factor clean them as we drive.
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I would think bleach would eat the seals in your toilet and your valves. Is the mixture slight?
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I rarely use chemicals in my black tank.

When I stay at a campsite with full hookups, I fill and empty the black tank several times to rinse it out as best as I can. I also try to empty both holding tanks before storing the trailer. I believe these two things help to keep odors to a minimum.

However, there are times the tanks need something to deal with the odor they produce; this is usually during a long warm spell. I'm not real fussy about what I use to control odor. Right now I have a couple small containers of Thetford Aqua-Kem in the camper for the few times odor control is needed.

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I rarely use chemicals in my black tank.

When I stay at a campsite with full hookups, I fill and empty the black tank several times to rinse it out as best as I can. I also try to empty both holding tanks before storing the trailer. I believe these two things help to keep odors to a minimum.

However, there are times the tanks need something to deal with the odor they produce; this is usually during a long warm spell. I'm not real fussy about what I use to control odor. Right now I have a couple small containers of Thetford Aqua-Kem in the camper for the few times odor control is needed.

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I'm bragging up our experience with Odorlos, but maybe our satisfaction is mostly based on the the fact that everything is washed, rinsed, flushed and emptied before storage, and rinsed every time it is emptied?
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I started out using a liquid that was pre-measured. Turn the bottle upside down and a measured amount went into the smaller side, unscrew the lid and pour down the hopper. WOW, too much digester for a small tank, too perfumy and made my eyes water. Next I tried, tablet thingys .. just drop into the hopper. Worked fine and not too perfumy, but expensive. Lastly, I'm buying Therford Aqua-Kem from Wally World. I use half a packet. Cheap, not perfumy and works just as it's supposed to. YMMV
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Cool I use Rid-X

I use Rid-X Septic System Treatment 1-Dose Powder, 9.8 oz. But "one dose" means for a large permanent septic tank. I usually clean the tank as well as I can at the dump station after dumping, then scoop 1/4 cup of Rid-x powder into the toilet followed by half a small bag of ice chunks. The idea is to break up the solids between dumps. I found this odd tidbit during a Google search:
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However, a few years ago, I wanted to get rid of the flesh from a deer's head so that I would have a nice pretty skull for display. I put the head in a garbage can full of water and Rid-x. The flesh was completely gone (skin, hair, muscle, cartilage, everything) in just a couple of weeks. Rid-x did a much better job than maggots.

So, I think maybe Rid-x does work.
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I would think bleach would eat the seals in your toilet and your valves. Is the mixture slight?
Hi: Gina D...Rather than using bleach on a periodic basis we now use dishwasher detergent. It's low sudsing and has a small amt. of bleach in it. We still mix this concoction in a 1/2 gal. plastic jug and pour into the toilet while the flush trap is held open. So far it works well with no damage to the seals. The most important is the Calgon Water softener. That keeps the tanks slippery and stops crud build up.
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Calgon , and a couple of fill and slosh rides during the season works for us
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Good info, thanks. Clearly the most important thing is to keep the tank from getting too grungy & then think about additives.

Much appreciated.
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After a trip of heavy use after you dump it out add a bag of ice cubes to it for the drive home - it will be very clean.
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