Bit Of A Pong

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  1. Road Burner

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    I have a fairly new motor home, recently begun to notice a bit of a smell towards the rear. I have a feeling its something to do with the drainage pipes/waste water tank. I have flushed the system with disinfectant/water solution which seems to have helped. I guess one solution would be to take a waste master with us and allow waste water to drain directly into it. However does anyone know of any products that would clean the system without eating away the waste pipes?
     
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    Grey water can pong a bit. :Eeek: so it does pay to keep it clean and empty it regularly. But when it is chucking up, you should only smell it at the sink/shower and putting the plug in should stop it. If the smell is everywhere then maybe you have a leak somewhere.
     
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    this seems to be more of a problem than you think.:Sad:
    do you drain the grey tank before leaving site or just wait 'til its full then dump.
    the tank will never fully empty so there will always be some stagnant water lurking in there.
    we always empty when we leave site or in the first available layby with a drain, after all, its only dirty water not foul water, otherwise the stink from a full/part full tank is unbearable.
    putting the plug in the sink/shower tray/wash basin does help a bit but i dont think anyone has ever found a truly succesful cure.
    also, take care what you put down the sink as food particals can and do get lodged in the convoluted waste pipes and just sit there and rot.
    as the pipes are plastic i resorted to caustic soda crystals but even that didnt work.
    some one on the forum (cant remember who) suggested moving the drain hose to the bottom of the tank to completely empty the tank, most are on the side just above the bottom.

    hope this helps a bit.

    john.

    ps. i considered changing the convoluted pipe for clear smooth bore silicon pipe to allow a better flow to the tank as they do tend to clog quite easily.
     
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    We've managed to avoid the smelly waste tank problem by never, ever washing dishes in the motorhome - we either wash at available facilities like CC have, or resort to an outdoor wash bowl and tip the used water into a drain. That avoids the food particle problem, at least, and it seems to have averted the smelly waste tank problem for the moment at least. I also flush the tank from time to time with milton / fairy.
     
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    The chap at Bio-Magic at Malvern suggested putting a small amount of diluted BioMagic down the drain but to make sure it's thoroughly rinsed from the plug hole as it will make a bit of a mess of cheap chrome sink fittings.

    Don't know if it works. There are a few people on here that use it and may be able to advise further.

    John
     
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    Hi Road Burner

    We use BioMagic in our toilet cassette and for keeping the grey waste tank smelling sweet.
    We drain down the grey tank before leaving site, we then pour a gallon or so of clean water down the sink along with some BioMagic. We then let it slosh around in the tank on the journey home, we leave it overnight and then drain down again the next day. We also leave the drain tap open whilst the van is not being used.
    It works for us.
     
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    I've never washed dishes in our motorhome, but then I am married with three kids:BigGrin::Rofl1:

    When we had a European MH with a thetford cassette I would place the contents of half eaten bowls of cereals and plate scrapings in the loo. The cassette is easy to clean and with 5 of us emptied very regularly This helped keep the smells down in the waste water tank as no solids enter the tank from the washing up.
     
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    I read somewhere that a small amount of washing powder & bleach put down the plug will keep it fresh. :thumb:

    We have used this together with making sure you have some water in the tank as you travel. This sloshes the contents around & cleans the tank, then empty when possible. It also has a pleasant smell, & I also leave the emptying pipe open when the tank is empty. It works for us. :thumb:
     
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    I was told the best way to get rid of waste tank smells was to empty tank then pour 1 liter of coke a cola into the tank ,then go on a drive to slosh it around.empty tank and it should be smell free for months ???
     
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