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Can anyone give me tips on how to clean the inside of a holding tank that''s been neglected for ages? We bought this boat used and don''t want to take the time to replace the holding tank before our spring cruise. What''s the BEST stuff and procedure for cleaning it? Thanks!
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If it''s an odor problem I had a similar problem and after trying to eliminate the odor via the normal ways, changing hoses and using a variety of recommended additives I ended up getting a new holding tank.
One suggestion which I didn''t try was to fill the tank with water and add marbles then go sailing and let the marbles do their thing. Can''t say it will work but it''s worth a try.
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tm3 --and after they "do their thing", how do you then get the marbles out?? Sounds like a great way to kill a macerator pump.
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I had the same problem with a holding tank on my old boat. Here is what I found and did: First remove the holding tank from the boat if you can as this can get messy. Some of that supposedly "rapidly dissolving tissue" will probably still be in there. I used a wetdry vac to get that stuff out. I then filled the tank with a bleach-based solution and used a long-handled brush to scrub the sides of the tank. I had to do this several times to get it really clean. Let the bleach sit for a while while it does its thing. The marbles sound like an interesting idea. Probably just use a wet/dry vac to suck them out.
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ross99....since I didn''t try that suggestion I didn''t need to worry about that but hamiam has a solution.
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