This week’s blog features Mark Polk, from RV Education 101, demonstrating various options from Valterra for flushing your black water tank.
Proper maintenance of your black water tank can be very beneficial and doesn’t take much time or effort on the RVers part. As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
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Performing simple maintenance procedures on an area of the RV you can’t see and often times don’t think about. That area is the black water holding tank.
I think most RVers are knowledgeable on emptying and treating the holding tanks, but what is overlooked is rinsing and flushing the holding tanks after it is emptied.
Keeping the holding tanks clean serves several purposes: it extends the life of the RV’s waste water system, it helps with the accuracy of the monitor panel holding tank readings, it assists with controlling odors, and it prevents costly repair bills for clogged drains.
Let’s look at how easy it is to keep our RV holding tanks cleaned and maintained.
NOTE: Whenever you work on or around any sewer plumbing system you should always wear gloves for proper sanitation.
After you empty the holding tanks, you need to thoroughly rinse and flush the black water holding tank. Some RV’s have a built in system for flushing the tanks, but many don’t. If you struggle keeping your black water tank clean, clog free and smell free, RV Hydroflush is the solution. The RV Hydroflush works best if there is a straight drain line from your valve cap to the tank opening.
Disconnect the gray waterline to the Hydroflush and you get a high flow blast of water shooting back into the tank to break open any clogs and thoroughly rinse and flush the tank. Keep the main drain open while cleaning the drainpipe valve and drain hose.
The RV Hydroflush is made of clear plastic so you know when the tank is clean. It comes standard with a pre-installed back flow preventer, and a separate anti-siphon valve for attachment to the fresh water spicket to protect the freshwater supply from any contamination. Always use the anti-siphon valve to protect your freshwater supply.
There are now two Hydroflush models to choose from. The original 45 degree version and the new 90 degree to fit any type compartment connections.
Another easy way to flush the black water holding tank is with a tank wand. Tank wands are simply connected to and outside water hose, or from a waterline connected to the bathroom sink.
You simply insert the wand through the toilet bowl to power rinse the inside of the tank. It is a low-tech way to really clean your holding tank.
All models come with the handy valve on the handle to control the water flow.
The Master Blaster is a 23” model that comes with a power nozzle on the end which shoots one powerful blast of water into the tank for maximum cleaning power.
The Flexible tank wand is a 42” model and is flexible which allows for entry thorough any offset piping common in some RV models. The nozzle end is tapered to eliminate plumbing hang-ups and has eight multi-directional spray holes to attack waste build-up anywhere in the tank.
Last, but certainly not least is this Tank Wand Facet Hose Kit. This convenient and easy to install kit allows you to hookup your tank wand to the bathroom faucet , which is not only easy, but gives you the choice of using hot water for extra cleaning power.
With all of the benefits a clean holding tank has to offer, it only makes sense to use one of these simple tank cleaning solutions by Valterra.
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