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Redeye2280

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Posted: 07/15/21 10:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What chemicals do you use in the RV that won't mess up the chemical balance in the septic tanks?

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You don't actually have to use any chemicals in an RV tank, though they can be mighty helpful on cutting down on odors under some circumstances.

I wouldn't worry too much about upsetting the balance in a septic tank from RV holding tank treatment chemicals used in proper moderation. Septic systems see all sorts of household chemicals all the time, due to cleaning bathrooms, washing dishes, and other household tasks, and generally that causes no problems for them if they're properly designed and working correctly. Since not a few dump stations feed into (large) septic systems at RV parks, any tank treatment will be at least reasonably safe for them.





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DrewE wrote:

You don't actually have to use any chemicals in an RV tank, though they can be mighty helpful on cutting down on odors under some circumstances.

I wouldn't worry too much about upsetting the balance in a septic tank from RV holding tank treatment chemicals used in proper moderation. Septic systems see all sorts of household chemicals all the time, due to cleaning bathrooms, washing dishes, and other household tasks, and generally that causes no problems for them if they're properly designed and working correctly. Since not a few dump stations feed into (large) septic systems at RV parks, any tank treatment will be at least reasonably safe for them.


RV Holding tank chemicals are NOT for making it smell better. They are used the BREAK DOWN the solids. Doug

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RV Holding tank chemicals are NOT for making it smell better. They are used the BREAK DOWN the solids. Doug


I'm no expert on the matter and am not saying you're wrong.... but, if you're right, why do all the chemicals come with varying scents if they are not intended to mask smells?

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mtofell1 wrote:

dougrainer wrote:


RV Holding tank chemicals are NOT for making it smell better. They are used the BREAK DOWN the solids. Doug


I'm no expert on the matter and am not saying you're wrong.... but, if you're right, why do all the chemicals come with varying scents if they are not intended to mask smells?


I believe that most holding tank treatments claim both odor prevention and breakdown properties.





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Posted: 07/30/21 09:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jdc1 wrote:

I'm pretty sure he just wants to bootleg a system....not for permanent use.


jdc1 - *If* your nephew - the HS dropout - is in also in CA, the "bootleg" system could result in hefty $$ fines for disposing of Bio-Hazards - as well as removal of waste by a Haz-mat vacuum truck -AND-
contaminated soil. (Violation/s of state and county codes).

OP - do serious research on your plan - as well as consideration (and cost) of the consequences if you proceed - where ever you are !!

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mtofell1 wrote:

dougrainer wrote:


RV Holding tank chemicals are NOT for making it smell better. They are used the BREAK DOWN the solids. Doug


I'm no expert on the matter and am not saying you're wrong.... but, if you're right, why do all the chemicals come with varying scents if they are not intended to mask smells?


Well, I AM AN EXPERT[emoticon] They make them smell better because sewage is sewage if raw or broken down. If they did not use the scents, every time you flushed your toilet you would get a nice outhouse smell back into your RV. And, If no chemical when you dumped you would such a nice odor that you cannot really avoid no matter how diligent you are when dumping the system. For instance, GRAY tanks which almost nobody uses Chemicals in smells MUCH worse that Most Black tanks. This causes a lot of people to suspect a Black tank causing an odor in the RV when it is really the Gray tank odor. Doug

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Interesting how RV owners have different experiences with their "Do Dads". We use NO chemicals in either waste tank and have no smell when flushing or dumping.
When flushing the commode, the water and waste create a down flow that creates a down flow of air that keeps the odor going down for a short period of time.
When we dump all connection are tight and the odor follows the waste to its destination. Your mileage may vary................

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