RV Holding Tanks
Your "Tanks" will Thank You!RV waste water holding tanks are meant only as a temporary storage facility for waste and are not designed to be a water processing or water purifying system. That is better left to septic systems or municipal water treatment plants. When you dump the contents of your holding tanks into an approved dump station, the disposal and treatment of these wastes become the responsibility of the station.
In the past few years many free dump stations have been closed down and more will follow. Why? ... Some RV holding tank treatments are harmful to septic systems, especially formaldehyde-based chemicals. Formaldehyde is a preservative and destroys the bacteria that are needed to break down waste materials. In addition, unscrupulous people have been illegally dumping everything from paint to oil to hazardous materials of all sorts into these dump stations. Find a dump station at Sanidumps.com
However, there is much that the RVer can do to control odors and help keep the holding tanks clean and functioning as they were intended to. The use of appropriate holding tank treatments and RV friendly toilet products are a good step in this direction. An enzyme-based holding tank treatment uses "good" bacteria to digest waste solids and keep the odor under control.
The use of quick dissolving toilet paper helps to keep the waste in a liquid form. To test your toilet paper, fill an empty jar half full with water. Drop in a sheet or two of your favorite toilet paper. Shake the jar for a few seconds. If the toilet paper dissolves it's RV holding tank friendly. If it fails this test, experiment with another brand.
I bought and use the Flo-Jet Waste Water Pump kit and I LOVE IT! No more waiting at the dump station or paying fees to dump or finding an open dump station. I simply connect the portable pump, run a small diameter hose to my homes sewer clean out and press a button. Problem solved. Read more at: Flojet RV Waste Water Pump Kit
See also Holding Tank Sensors