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02-11-2013 12:37 PM
RichH
Re: ridding bilge of sewage odor

Ditto Raritan KO ... an enzyme based chemical system ... and alternated with 'heavily CAUSTIC' soaps/detergents .... ie. Lye Soap from an agricultural supply shop - Agway, etc.
Both the enzyme based and the caustic based need SOAK TIME to work.

When finished with the 'caustic', add plenty of vinegar, then lots of water, etc. to help neutralize and dilute before pumping out.
02-11-2013 11:43 AM
eherlihy
Re: ridding bilge of sewage odor

...and damage any rubber...

Rubber gloves, Clorox Cleanup and paper towels work well.
02-11-2013 11:05 AM
jimrafford
Re: ridding bilge of sewage odor

after it's flushed out an ozone generator will remove any remaining odor.
Jim
02-11-2013 10:25 AM
travlineasy
Re: ridding bilge of sewage odor

Simple Green solved the problem for me. Cleaned the bilge with bleach water and Dawn dish detergent first, then followed up with Simple Green. No odor since.

Gary
02-11-2013 08:59 AM
dylanwinter1
Re: ridding bilge of sewage odor

might I suggest using the washing detergent they use for dirty overalls

it is dead cheap and seems to get rid of any smells I have ever had on my boat

Dylan
02-11-2013 12:06 AM
mad_machine
Re: ridding bilge of sewage odor

time to paint the bilge?
02-10-2013 10:02 PM
guitarguy56
Re: ridding bilge of sewage odor

After initial cleanup... use tomato sauce... spread around where the smell is... this is the natural way to remove even skunk smells... but don't leave it on too long as tomato sauce has mild acidity... then use Lysol disinfectant cleaners... should be fine afterwards.
02-10-2013 09:36 PM
overbored
Re: ridding bilge of sewage odor

Clothespins and add some water to the bulge then add some Raritan CP bowl cleaner let stand for a couple of days. Leave all bedding and cushions out of the boat until the clothespins are no longer needed.
02-10-2013 09:35 PM
TQA
Re: ridding bilge of sewage odor

Many charter boat operators swear by Toilet Duck in this situation.
02-10-2013 09:12 PM
flyingwelshman
Re: ridding bilge of sewage odor

There is a simple 4-step solution to your problem:
  1. Put boat on Craigslist
  2. Bake fresh bread aboard before prospective purchasers view.
  3. Sell the boat
  4. Get a new boat

Seriously: I hope you find a way to get rid of the smell.
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