Do you need to flush your black tanks more in hot weather?

You’re probably asking this question because you’re thinking that hot weather will make the stuff in your black tank “cook” more and potentially cause a big stink. And when you say “flush,” we’re guessing that you’re also referring to emptying your tanks (and then flushing them clean, of course).

This might only be the case if you’re using enzymes, biological agents, or harsh chemicals in your holding tanks. These are designed to primarily dissolve any solids in the tanks and presumably you’re guessing this might increase any already terrible odors.

Well, you’re right in this case.

Hot temperatures and added humidity will accelerate the decomposing and dissolving of waste in your black tank. The result will, of course, be increase odor. But, just like in cooler weather, your black tank also turns into a mess of thick, sticky pancake batter-like slop. The hot weather only makes that happen faster.

If you’re using these types of tank additives – and why would you when there is a better alternative – then you would probably want to empty your tanks more often.

Remember, following best practices for tank care includes using more water than you might have been taught or read to use. It’s that increased water that can help to keep things in your tanks thinned out and evacuated quickly when you empty your tanks. Of course, if you’re using those harmful tank additives, no amount of extra water is going to stop them from turning into big stews of smelly yuck.

Be smart and use plenty of water in your holding tanks. Also, stop using those harmful additives and use our better solution if you still feel the need to add something to your waste holding tanks.

Jim & Debbie Tome, Owners

Hi, we're Jim and Debbie Tome and we're the owners of Kleen Tank LLC, the nationally-recognized and largest professional network of RV tank cleaning service provider.

We've been RVers like you since 2004 and have traveled all over the U.S. in our Airstream travel trailer. We started the business about twelve years ago and have cleaned tens of thousands holding tanks in thousands of RVs. From tiny weekend travel trailers to monstrous fifth wheels to luxurious motorhomes, we've seen just about every situation there is with RV holding tanks and waste systems.

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