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Old 09-16-2010
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yet another newbie question

we have a 1967 Cal 30. A 1 yr old Jabsco head was installed with new hoses and such. We do have a holding tank. Last weekend I noticed a very unpleasant odor coming from the head. We had just had the holding tank pumped out the weekend before. I opened the valves and pumped some water in (we are on a freshwater lake) and then 'flushed' it into the holding tank -- I did this several times. The smell was almost gone, then I squirted a bit of Chlorox spray cleaner in the head, flushed that and it was gone.

The question is should I consider putting a Head Deodorant in there? A cup of chorox? Or am I simply leaving out an important step.

We've only owned sailboats with portapotties until now so I'm basically clueless. The system appears to be working fine other than the smell.

Thanks in advance.

Bob Centers
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I would not put bleach into your head. This could ruin your pump and it kills bacteria which helps break down the waste in the tank.

Is your head gurgling after you pump it out or is liquid coming back in. Many heads have a joker valve right after the pump that keeps the waste from coming back into the toilet. If the joker is bent out of shape, then it could be partially open letting smells come back out.
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