how to get dried poop out of rv tank

Cleaning dried poop out of an RV tank can be a dirty and unpleasant task, but it’s essential for the proper maintenance of your RV. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean dried waste from your RV tank:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles or face shield (optional but recommended)
  • RV sewer hose or sewer hose extension
  • A sewer hose support or stand (optional)
  • A sewer hose rinser or jet spray attachment
  • A hose with a high-pressure nozzle
  • A long-handled scrub brush with soft bristles
  • RV tank cleaner or tank treatment chemicals (optional)
  • Bucket with soapy water
  • A sewer hose storage container

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Safety First: Before you begin, put on rubber gloves and, if desired, safety goggles or a face shield to protect yourself from splashes and contaminants.
  2. Empty the RV Tank:
    • Connect your RV sewer hose to the RV’s waste outlet.
    • Extend the hose to the appropriate location (e.g., a campground sewer connection or a portable waste tank).
    • Ensure the sewer hose is properly secured and supported to maintain a consistent downward slope for effective drainage.
    • Open the RV’s black water (toilet) and gray water (sink and shower) tank valves to empty their contents into the sewer system. Allow the tanks to completely drain.
  3. Flush the Tanks:
    • Use a sewer hose rinser or jet spray attachment to flush out the tanks with a hose. Attach the hose to a water source and direct it into the RV tank via the rinser or attachment.
    • Allow water to flow into the tank for several minutes to help break down and loosen any dried waste.
  4. Scrub the Tank:
    • With the tank valves still open, use a long-handled scrub brush with soft bristles to gently scrub the interior walls of the RV tank. Be thorough but avoid excessive force to prevent damaging the tank.
  5. Rinse Again:
    • After scrubbing, continue to flush the tank with water to remove loosened debris and ensure thorough cleaning.
  6. Use Tank Treatment Chemicals (Optional):
    • If desired, add RV tank cleaner or tank treatment chemicals to the tank according to the product’s instructions. These chemicals can help break down waste and control odors.
  7. Repeat as Necessary:
    • If there is still dried poop or debris in the tank, you may need to repeat the flushing and scrubbing process until the tank is clean.
  8. Close Valves and Rinse Hose:
    • Close the RV tank valves once you are satisfied with the cleanliness of the tanks.
    • Rinse and disinfect the sewer hose, attachments, and your hands thoroughly with soapy water.
  9. Dispose of Waste Properly:
    • Dispose of any waste or wastewater at an approved RV dump station or sanitary sewer connection.
  10. Store Equipment: Store the sewer hose, attachments, and other equipment in a designated storage container to prevent contamination.

Maintaining clean and sanitary RV tanks is crucial for the proper functioning of your RV and to prevent unpleasant odors. Regularly cleaning your tanks and using appropriate tank treatment chemicals can help prevent waste buildup and make the process more manageable.

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