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Tips On Maintaining Your Holding Tank

July 10, 2013

Are you keeping up with your holding tank?


There are many different tips that people should pay attention to when they’re maintaining their RV holding tanks. On a typical RV, there are usually three RV tanks; one for holding waste from the toilet, one for shower and kitchen waste, and a fresh-water tank. The fresh water tank is used in the event the RV is moving along, or camping where there is not access to a fresh water supply line to hook up to.

People should follow some basic techniques when maintaining their RV tanks to ensure that they last for a long time to come. As far as the freshwater tank is concerned, over time the water in the tank might become stale if the water is to become stagnate from minimal use.

When the freshwater tank is not used on a normal basis, the standing still water can develop a smell, or possibly even contaminants that might make people sick.

Because of this, people can sanitize the tank periodically as it is needed. When people are sanitizing their holding tank, they can use a bleach water mixture which will kill any germs, or other bacteria that might be present in the tank. Also, when performing this process, the tank must be thoroughly washed out before it’s put into use again.

When the freshwater tank is being cleaned out, a general sanitizing tip is for a 1/4 cup of bleach per 15 gallons of freshwater in the tank. In order to get the bleach into the system, an individual can empty their freshwater tank to the halfway level, and then fill the remainder of the tank with a 1/4 cup of bleach per 15 gallons of water when refilling.

Afterwards, the faucets can be turned on to route bleach through the water lines in the system to sanitize everything. Lastly, the system can be pumped clean, before it’s refilled.

As far as the other shower and toilet holding tanks are concerned, they may also be maintained properly to avoid build-up of waste within the tanks. These tanks should be emptied when they have at least a half amount of substance within the compartments.

This allows the force of gravity to work alongside the drain force to effectively remove all the waste from the tanks into a connected sewer line at a designated RV campground. Following these tips will help to ensure people are able to maintain their RV holding tanks properly.

Need a reliable holding tank for your portable toilet? Call Honeybucket at (512) 309-4609.