QUICK TIPS FOR YOUR HOLDING TANKS
Why hydro-jetting is the only way to truly clean your tanks
All Pro Water Flow was started by Preston Hall, a Master Plumber, this is also an RVer. He is the professional who knows how to clean pipes, valves, and holding tanks. Who better to give advice on how to care for your RV’s holding tanks and champion the advantages of hydro-jet cleaning of your tanks?
Before your trip
- Filter all the water that goes into your RV through a filter, such as the Aqua-Mate (get it at simplesiphone.com)
- Fill and flush your fresh water tank with lemon-bleach/white vinegar solution
- Put 5 gallons of water in the black tank and add 8 ounces (1 cup) of the All Pro Water Flow Holding Tank Solution
- Put 5 gallons of water in the gray tank and add 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of the All Pro Water Flow Holding Tank Solution
- Flush hot water heater tank and check your hot water tank’s anode rod for extreme corrosion, if it has one. Replace if necessary.
During your trip
- Always filter incoming water to your RV (bad water will hurt everything)
- When camping, keep both black and gray valves closed (unless you have a clothes washer on your gray tank)
- Never empty tanks that are less than 3/4 full. It is ideal to empty your tanks when they are full.
- If possible, top off both black and gray tanks with clean water before emptying
- Always start off with a small amount of water in your tanks (NEVER start using your tanks when they are dry)
- Always use single-ply paper in RV’s and boats
After your trip
- When possible, drive home with your tanks 1/4th full and dump at your local dump station (this allows your tanks to “stir” themselves while you’re driving)
- Store your sewer hose as clean as possible
- If you winterize, always add a little RV antifreeze to your tanks (helps lube gaskets and valves)
“Recipe” for the All Pro Water Flow Tank Solution
Mix up a gallon of this solution to use in both your black and gray tanks while you are RVing. It will keep the internal surfaces of your RV’s holding tanks slippery (reduces build-up), sanitizes the tanks, and has a nice, fresh smell.
- Start with an empty gallon jug
- Pour 1/4 cup (4 ounces) of Calgon Bath Beads (or liquid) into the gallon jug
- Fill the jug 1/2 full with water. Shake well.
- Slowly pour 40 ounces of Pine-Sol into the jug. Shake well.
- Top off the gallon jug with water. Shake well.
Use 8 ounces (one cup) in your black tank(s) and 4 ounces (1/2 cup) in your gray tank(s) each time, after emptying and backflushing.