How To Keep Your RV Holding Tanks Free Of Sewer Rats and Flies

Sewer rats living in your RV’s gray water tank? Sewer flies breeding in your black water tank ? It may sound like an urban legend or the stuff of nightmares, but unfortunately, these things can happen if you’re not careful.

 

As the name implies, sewer flies (or drain flies) live in the sewer system, so they can have a clear path to your RV if you neglect to keep your gray water tank closed while in an RV park.

 

In this video with RV Travel’s Chuck Woodbury, you’ll hear about a couple that heard thumping noises in the middle of the night after making this common RV waste management mistake. It turned out that the couple wasn’t alone in their RV — a sewer rat was living with them! You’ll also watch Chuck tell the story of a woman who watched in horror as sewer flies emerged from her toilet after making the same mistake.

 

Don’t be left vulnerable: watch our video to learn how to keep critters out of your holding tank sewage system and subscribe to Drain Master’s Youtube channel for even more RV living tips!

RV Waste Management 101: 3 Reasons You Should Keep Your Grey Water Tank Closed

Whether you’re new to RV living or an old pro, you know that after connecting your sewer hose, you keep the black water tank closed, while you’re at an RV park. But many RVers are in the habit of leaving their grey water holding tank open anytime they’re hooked up at a campground. While this may prevent dirty water from backing up into your shower and sinks, it can cause some other truly unpleasant issues.

 

Here’s why:

  • If your grey water tank is allowed to fully empty, scum will build up in both the tank and the inside of the hose — in addition to being unsanitary, this can cause a really nasty smell!
  • If you let your grey water tank fill to ⅔ full before emptying it, a vortex is created which helps to remove the scum and eliminate most buildup.

 

You Might Be Missing a Step When Winterizing Your Holding Tanks

Most RV’ers know that it’s essential to empty and clean your grey and black holding tanks when storing your RV for the winter months. You’re probably also aware that you should put some RV Antifreeze in your holding tanks, since you can’t be sure that there isn’t some water left.  A question we are asked a lot is “Should I leave my valves open or closed when storing my RV?”  The valves should be left in the open position which allows the seals to be in a relaxed position over the winter as opposed to pressing on the gate, causing a potential for stiction.

Have questions about winterizing the rest of your RV?  Check out this article from The RV Doctor.

Campfires are for swapping stories, and RV tips

Source:  Letsrv.com

Author: Greg Gerber

This week taught me another lesson about the value of hanging out with experienced RVers. Although I have been traveling full-time in my motorhome for more than two years, I certainly don’t know all the tips and tricks to making the journey successful. Not even close.

I was visiting very scenic Hollister, Calif., to get work done on my motorhome. The good folks at DrainMaster were replacing my old get-your-hands-dirty-while-dumping septic valves and hoses with their truly revolutionary Waste Master waste management system. I’ll have more on that in a future article.

But, while enjoying a meal that night, I was reminded of how valuable these spontaneous interactions are.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Can Dumping Your Holding Tanks be a Breeze?

If you’re a seasoned RV’er, you’re all too familiar with leaky fittings, sewer hose pin holes, broken valve handles and the challenging task of trying to make sure the hose stays in the sewer inlet. And how about the occasional sewer smell in your RV?  These are the parts of  the RV’ing lifestyle that the salesman didn’t make any mention of, when you purchased your RV.   And doesn’t it seem that in this day and age of technology, there would be a better way?  Read on to hear what Gary Bunzer, The RV Doctor has to say about the issue.  You’ll find some great tips and products that just might have you looking forward to dumping your holding tanks.

Click here to read the article.

*please note, the Polychute sewer hose which is featured in this article,  is no longer available.

Another Option for Permanently Connecting your Waste Master Hose on your RV

Here at Drain Master, we had the pleasure of meeting one of our customers last winter when he and his wife stopped by to get some help with a modification to their RV that would make using their Waste Master Sewer hose system even cleaner, easier and trouble free.  Ray and his wife Anne have a wonderful website www.loveryourrv.com where they share their full timing experiences, RV tips, upgrades and modifications.   Ray posted and excellent article and supporting video, detailing the modification which you’ll want to check out.  Once you’ve read it go ahead and explore the site further. We think you’ll find many interesting tips and articles.

Excerpt from www.loveyourrv.com by Ray Burr

You may remember last year I gave the Waste Master RV Sewer System a full Love Your RV review. I was very impressed with the design and quality of the hose and connections. In the last year, it hasn’t failed to live up to my high expectations.

The only major beef I had with the sewer hose was the permanently attached 90-degree head, storage was an issue. It would not easily slide into the rear bumper like my old hose did. I ended up building a custom carrier for it mounted on top of the bumper. This arrangement worked well enough however I’ve since come to realize there may be a much better solution.

Soon after my review was published I was contacted by Doug Swarts of DrainMaster.com. He is a long time RVer and the designer of the Waste Master Sewer System. Doug informed me he envisioned the sewer hose to be always hooked to the RV. Therefore it would be unnecessary to decouple it between campsites. No more dribbling stinky slinky to deal with when breaking camp. The Waste Master hose would live in its own storage box or sleeve.  Read the Full Article HERE