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For the last few Tech Tip Tuesdays, we’ve been discussing how to clean your RV’s black tank. Today we’re going to talk about some things that will not break down in your RV black tank and how a professional cleaner can help.
Joining us today is Sue from Royal Flush RV. Sue specializes in “hydro-flushing”, a power washing process that cleans the inside of black and grey tanks. According to Sue, there are certain products that won’t break down, such as toilet paper, causing problems in the tank. But there are also other, non-organic substances that can cause issues, like struvite, a rock-like material created from human waste off-gassing over time. This substance can settle in the tank and stick to the sides, causing blockages and clogs.
While some RV owners may never have an issue with their tanks, others may need professional cleaning due to various factors like diet and medications. Professional cleaning can remove any build-up, including struvite, and get rid of any foul smells.
Sue has seen some surprising things inside the tanks she’s cleaned, like struvite and sand formed from the type of water being used. She’s also found gray tanks can be just as problematic as black tanks, with lots of debris causing foul smells and clogs.
Sue’s even found a “tank biscuit” during one cleaning session. A tank biscuit is a hard, inorganic substance that shouldn’t be in the tank in the first place. Removing it is just one reason why professional cleaning may be necessary.
In conclusion, while some may be able to get away with cleaning their RV’s tanks themselves, others may need the help of a professional like Sue to remove any build-up and ensure their RV’s tank is clean and functioning properly.
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