Black Water Tank Cleaning

Black water cleaning tank

One thing to dread about owning an RV is performing the required ‘dump’ after a long camping trip. For those of you who live full time in a home, a ‘dump’ is performed every time you flush the toilet. But, for RVers, it’s a two step process.

A quick lesson in the holding tanks of RVs: There’s two waste holding tanks underneath most RVs:

  1. There’s a ‘gray water’ holding tank which holds the water used in the shower and in the sinks.
  2. There’s a ‘black water’ holding tank which holds the waste from the toilet.

So, before leaving a camp site, it’s necessary to perform a ‘dump’ which empties both tanks as there’s no reason to be carting around waste water and matter while you’re on the road.

Here’s the dilemma: solid waste, such as toilet tissue, etc, can get stuck in the black water holding tank. It’s for this reason that you’re probably going to want to make sure that the tank is well rinsed. That’s where the below items come into play.

The reverse RV flush valve products are add-ons to your normal dumping procedure. Just screw one of these onto your RV’s dump valve, add on your sewer hose, and perform the dump as you normally would – dump the black water tanks first and then the gray water (this way, the gray water mostly rinses the hose of the gunk from the black water).

With one of these flush valves added though, you can now hook up a water hose and force the water into the tanks to create extra pressure and assurance that all is clear. This is our preferred way to make sure that the tanks are not carrying extra matter after we do the dump.

Now, there’s also the toilet wands you see below which do a similar task – just hook up a water hose, put the toilet wand down the toilet and blast away.

Whichever product you decide to use to clear your campers water tanks, do it every time and you won’t have any smell at all inside the camper. Promise!

By the way, the product that we have is the Flush King – you’ll have to click that link to see it as, for some reason, I couldn’t add it directly from Amazon, but, clicking the link will take you to the exact product on The Valterra Flush King is a top seller in RV reverse flush valves.

 Camco 39062 Dual Flush Pro Holding Tank Rinser with Gate ValveCheck Price Camco 39072 Dual Flush Holding Tank RinserCheck Price Camco 40094 Swivel Stik Holding Tank Rinser with Shutoff ValveCheck Price Valterra A01-0184VP Master Blaster Tank WandCheck Price


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  1. I have the Master Blaster! I absolutely love it! It really does a great job. I have a dedicated hose I use for it and run it from the inside, this way I can clean the sides of the bowl as well! Best investment and under $10!

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