Grey waste tank bad smell through plughole

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  1. UK Pete

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    My waste tank is starting to make a bad smell in the van which is coming up through the plug holes,
    what do people do to clean the tank and make it smell acceptable?
    pete
     
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    Make sure its empty before leaving a site and tip 3 large bottles of cheep coca cola down the plug. Drive home and leave it overnight after the drive, then empty the tank. After you have done this each time you empty the tank tip 1 capfull of bio washing liquid down the plugs.
     
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    a bottle of cheap coke if you get a problem, but the occasional capful of bio washing liquid in a pint of hot water prevents it getting too smelly

    maybe also consider fitting a trap to the sink waste
     
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    Meanwhile put the plugs in the plugholes!
     
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    This happened to me last summer when it got warm in France and I was using Bio washing liquid too and emptying every 2 days.

    The only way that I finally got rid of it was to pour a bleach solution down each plug hole and drive around for a while and now I always use Thetford or Elsan tank clean and I have a sweet smelling grey waste tank.
     
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    also, if you have U traps the smell from the tank should not get into the hab area.. either you don't have any or they are dry.. if the former, fit them.. if the later (assuming they are filled) they may need removing and cleaning as they may be the source, not the tank..
     
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    If you leave your grey water tank tap open all the time you don't get any smell...

    Be careful though...

    ...when pulling away you don't want to spray the Toad you have on the A frame with any residual water that built up because of faulty levelling blocks.


    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Last week we were trying to work out where a very nasty smell was coming from and realised the same as you that it was coming up from the sink holes. Whilst emptying the waste I vaguely remembered that when I collected the MH we were given a starter kit which included 3 bottles of chemicals Blue, Pink and Green. I hadn't even looked at the green assuming... Well.... I don't know what the hell it was. Got the wife to have a look and turns out thats what we should be using down the sink holes to keep the grey tank from getting nasty.
     
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    Why have a grey water tank and leave the tap open?, I see lots of vans doing this with a little container under the drain, as we use our shower in the van regularly I would spend all my time running around emptying the container.
     
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    Or just leave your waste tap open all the time; no waste, no smell :Wink: after all its only soapy water:Cool:
     
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    Each time we move I put a small amount of Bleach and bio washing liquid into the last bowl of washing up water, close the drain tap and drive.

    7 years on & the tank does not smell as bad as some I have had the unfortunate experience to empty next to.

    Before anyone says this will damage the tank or pipes, remember you do the same with the washing machine at home
     
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    1. It helps prevent a smelly waste water tank as water is running straight through before it gets a chance to stagnate.

    2. It saves faffing around with draining the waste water tank when you move off.

    3. A 'little container' like a builders' bucket will hold around 15 litres of water - more than enough for me to shower and wash my hair in. One trip to empty it while filling up a drinking water container or emptying the toilet cassette doesn't involve much 'running around'.

    So now you know why. :Smile:
     
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    Thanks for the answers , i was leaving the tap open at the back , but i have now become paranoid that i will be one of the people that get slagged off by the grey water police:Rofl1: for accidently letting the odd trail of waste on the road where the tank has not fully emptied, but hey what the fcuk, i will do the coca cola thing and leave the drain open when empty, and risk the wrath of others that might see a tiny splash come out and assume i am one of the people who drives off draining the whole tank on the road ha ha
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    Actually I was joking about leaving the tap open all the time...:Wink:

    I do though when parked on my own land just as I often drain my grey water out when in the countryside where the water just soaks away into earth.

    I reckon these grey water police are those who use their motorhomes on campsites all the time...

    Obviously it would be a tad mean to let your grey water run out and into someone's awning. :Rofl1:

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    Don’t forget, to avoid fatty-deposit build up, use diet coke.
     
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    Scotties gave us a tip when we first started out..
    Been using it on occasion ever since..

    A bottle of fresh orange juice works a treat..

    But last year we could not find any, so woman just poured about a cupful of bleach ( Domestos I think it was ) in to a sink full of water and gave it a good stir..
    Then when fully mixed pulled the plug so the water and bleach goes down the pipes with whoosh ( sort of thing )..

    That worked really well too !
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Not if there was a hole in your bucket,dear mousey,dear mousey! :BigGrin:



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    Use a larger container??? :Doh:
     
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