3 Things You Need To Keep Your RV Trailer's Sewer Working Well

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While you are camping, traveling, and living in your RV or trailer, you don't want to deal with any sewer system or tank problems. It is important to know all the tricks to keep your black sewer water tank working and draining well. Here are three things you will need to have a problem-free experience with your RV or trailer's black water tank.

The Right Toilet Paper

If you are new to living or camping in a trailer or RV, then you may not know your black water tank that drains from the toilet needs to be taken care of. It is not a septic system that filters out and breaks down sewage waste from the toilet, so you need to be careful what type toilet paper you use in your RV or trailer. 

A three-ply toilet paper is nice to use when you are at home and your toilet is connected to city sewer. But, while you are using the toilet in your RV or trailer, you need to have toilet paper that is safe for septic tank or RV use. 

If you can't find a toilet paper to buy that is safe to use in septic tanks or RVs, then buy a single ply toilet paper. If you use toilet paper that is too thick, it won't break down and will settle and harden on the bottom of your black water tank, causing problems. Then, when you drain your black water tank at the RV dump, you will have a hard time trying to empty it.

Because the waste in your RV or trailer's black water tank can sit for several days, you want toilet paper that can break down easily in water on its own. You can perform a test to determine if a toilet paper is safe to use in an RV or trailer. To do this, place one square of toilet paper into a jar of room temperature water, screw on the lid and shake it. Over the next few hours the toilet paper should dissolve into tiny particles in the water for it to be safe to use in your RV or trailer's toilet.

Know How to Dump Your Gray and Black Water Tanks

When your black and gray water tanks get full, it is time to dump them into a designated RV sewer dump. The gray water is the dirty water from the sinks and shower, so it contains soaps and dish detergents. You can use the detergents to aid you in the dumping process.

First, open the outlet valve and dump the black water tank into the RV sewer dump. Once the black tank is completely empty, leave the black tank open, close the outlet valve, and open up the grey tank. Because both tanks exit the same outlet valve, the gray water will run over into the black water tank. Close the grey water tank and let the soapy water soak in the black water tank for five to ten minutes. Then, you can open the outlet valve and dump out the black water tank after it has soaked.

This helps clean out solid waste that can accumulate and stick to the bottom of the black tank. Also, it will wash off any bits of toilet paper that might collect inside the tank.

Black Tank Flush Wand

As a last resort, you may need to do some extra rinsing out of your black water tank when solid waste might build up a little more than usual. 

Use a flush wand to clean out any stuck matter in your black tank. A flush wand is a long hose with an attachment on one end that looks like a shower head. Attach the hose onto a fresh water supply, then poke the wand head down into the toilet tank through the toilet. You can move the wand up, down, and in circles to spray out the interior of your black water tank. 

When you have sprayed down the inside of the tank, you can dump the tank once again into the sewer dump.

Use these three things to keep your RV or trailer's sewer working well for every trip. Check out sites like http://www.drainorooter.com for more info.

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