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01-27-2013 02:09 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Holding tank problem easily solved...

Gary,

Our HT is certainly able to hold more. 77 gals to be precise. Nevertheless, poo/pee in the waste lines is going to eventually permeate.

I always wondered if household septic bacteria adds would work. With weekly pumpouts, I would think they would. Your instant results may be the result of pushing the waste out of the lines, when you flushed the Rid-X.
01-27-2013 01:51 PM
travlineasy
Re: Holding tank problem easily solved...

That Jeannea 54DS probably has a larger holding tank than I have on my Morgan 33-O.I., which is just 27-gallons. Consequently, with once a week pump-outs here in the harbor, and $5 for an additional, unscheduled pump-out, flushing with large quantities of water is out of the question. Unfortunately, like most boats, space for the holding tank is quite limited, and in my case the compartment is completely filled with the tank itself.

I've been told that freshwater flushing seems to help quite a bit, and helps promote the growth of good bacteria that promotes healthy tank conditions. I haven't tested that, however, mainly because freshwater in this part of the world is pretty expensive, and it's loaded with chlorine and other chemicals that will kill the bacteria.

Gary
01-27-2013 11:39 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Holding tank problem easily solved...

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Originally Posted by jimrafford View Post
I HATE head odors.
If we we unable to pump out after a weekend the odor from the holding tank the next weekend was terrible. We had used all kinds of treatments but none really worked. I tried what we use for our home septic system last season. Septi-blast.
Odors are gone! I even let it go for 3 weeks as a test. No smell.
Jim
P.S. our head is fresh water flush
Its very possible that if you had used "all kinds of treatments but none really worked", that you were actually causing the problem. Many of these treatments may temporarily mask odor, but kill the good bacteria that prevent odor. Keeping all witchcraft out of the holding tank is the best first step. Adding good bacteria is fine. Lots of clear water, no chemicals and good ventilation and zero reason for a holding tank to ever smell.
01-27-2013 09:40 AM
jimrafford
Re: Holding tank problem easily solved...

I HATE head odors.
If we we unable to pump out after a weekend the odor from the holding tank the next weekend was terrible. We had used all kinds of treatments but none really worked. I tried what we use for our home septic system last season. Septi-blast.
Odors are gone! I even let it go for 3 weeks as a test. No smell.
Jim
P.S. our head is fresh water flush
01-27-2013 08:10 AM
Tim R.
Re: Holding tank problem easily solved...

We have been using Odorlos religiously for the last 10 years or so. Works great to keep the tank in order.
01-27-2013 07:20 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Holding tank problem easily solved...

We use Raritan K.O.

Same principle as Rid-X, I believe, but made for marine holding tanks.

Chasing every flush with at least one full bowl of clear water is the best thing one can do for their hoses, joker, tank decomposition, etc.
01-26-2013 02:44 PM
pdqaltair
Re: Holding tank problem easily solved...

I've done side-by-side testing of a bunch of chemicals for Practical Sailor. Rid-x was not as impressive at controlling odor as some many others, though it did help some and could help turn the corner, I suppose. However, it is not an overnight solution as it contains bacteria, and as Rid-x states it should take 3-4 days to germinate. We found it took several days to do anything. Perhaps in large overdoes there was enough active enzyme present to do something.

Interestingly, Rid-X does not recommend the use in RVs or boats. They did not respond and I think they simply haven't chased that possibility.


From the FAQ tab:
"RID-X® has not been tested on recreational vehicles (RVs). therefore we cannot recommend using it in RVs."

I think there are better choices. I've spent enough time with poop to be pretty sure of that.

Three things I have found that help:
* Sail Delmarva: Something Free, Something Lazy
* Not using PG. Sail Delmarva: It's Always the Joker
* Flushing with enough water to clear the urine to the tank. Vinegar becomes much less necessary or unnecessary, depending on the waters, if there is no urine present. In 15 years I've never used an acid of any sort and had no build-up. Seawater flush.
01-26-2013 02:24 PM
Familycruisers
Re: Holding tank problem easily solved...

Plan on a stop at the sassafras then, owe you a dinner!
01-26-2013 02:19 PM
travlineasy
Re: Holding tank problem easily solved...

Loving it down here. My only regret is that I cannot stay longer and spend three months going home. Unfortunately, I have to leave here March 1 and be in the Chesapeake's upper reaches by April 10. Next time I'll plan for a longer stay.

Cheers,

Gary
01-26-2013 02:02 PM
Familycruisers
Re: Holding tank problem easily solved...

Great info Gary! Having fun down in the sun buddy?
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