January 10, 2019
The Geo Method is one commonly known approach to solving the question of how to treat RV holding tanks. The method claims to provide a comprehensive treatment process that will help RVers avoid annoying clogs, odors, and misreading sensor probes in their holding tanks. But the real questions remain: is it effective and can you trust it? As you will see in this article, we agree with some aspects of The Geo Method, but we also believe that it does not adequately address all of the holding tank issues that you might run into.
In the end, we believe there are better and much easier ways to treat RV holding tanks. In this article, we will attempt to fairly cover all aspects of The Geo Method: how it works, its pros and cons, and our recommendations for a better method.
Created in the 1980s by Charles Bruni, The Geo Method uses a combination of powdered Calgon (water softener), laundry detergent (soap/surfactant), plenty of water, and often bleach or chlorine (to attempt to control odor). Through his extensive experience as an RVer, Bruni created what he called The Geo Method as a homemade system for treating the interior of your holding tanks.
Through the process of water softening (using Calgon), organic and inorganic solid waste are less likely to stick to the walls of your holding tank. Laundry detergent or dish soap is also used to help break up any solid waste that may still get stuck to the walls or sensors in your RV and help rinse it away.
While we agree that some of Bruni’s ideas are helpful, we also believe that proper tank maintenance should go beyond just keeping your tank walls clean. Proper tank maintenance should do three important things:
The Geo Method is designed to create an environment where it is difficult for waste to accumulate inside the tank. The theory is that by helping the waste slide out of the tank, you can prevent common issues like clogs, waste buildup, or misreading sensors.
There are a few fatal flaws with The Geo Method though:
In conclusion, you may want to use The Geo Method on occasion to perform a deep clean on an already well-maintained tank, but to rely on it as a regular treatment process is not a good idea. You are eventually going to end up with clogs and odors.
NOTE: As an effective alternative to The Geo Method, if you would like to perform a deep cleaning on your holding tanks in a way that will promote healthy tanks, instead of exposing yourself to more clogs and odors, read this guide.
Many RVers use bacteria-based treatments in their black and gray holding tanks, because they are the best all-around treatments for the majority of RVers. Many proponents of The Geo Method don't fully understand how detrimental it can be inside tanks that are treated with bacteria-based treatments.
It can be easy to think that a process like The Geo Method will solve all of your holding tank problems, but remember, digesting waste and getting rid of odors is also important and The Geo Method falls very short on these two aspects. The Geo Method does a good job rinsing the interior walls and sensors in your RV black water holding tank, but without fully digesting the solid waste inside your tank, it’s only a matter of time before you experience clogs and odors.
Here’s why The Geo Method won’t work with a bacteria-based holding tank treatment, like RV Digest-It:
Again, The Geo Method has its positive aspects, but after looking at the big picture we can see that this method doesn’t address the whole-tank approach that is truly needed.
Now that we’ve effectively proven that The Geo Method falls short, where do we go from here? Introducing The Unique Method.
The Geo Method effectively solves the issue of misreading sensors, but as noted earlier, there is much more to tank maintenance.
There are 3 aspects of proper tank maintenance:
While the Geo Method has its benefits, there is a better solution that addresses all three of the points above. We recommend that you use our comprehensive treatment process, The Unique Method.
The Unique Method is a proven holding tank treatment process that we have meticulously developed over the years through in-depth conversations with campers of all types, followed by scientific research that addresses the issues brought up in these conversations. Our process is easy to follow and will virtually eliminate all problematic tank odors, prevent clogs and pyramid plugs, and ensure that your tank sensors continue to read properly. With The Unique Method, we've taken the confusion out of tank maintenance by developing a very simple yet robust program that is hands-down the most effective process available today.
Many people believe that The Geo Method is a good solution for sensor problems and that it can be used to successfully ensure that your tanks remain clean and free from residue. This is true to some extent. However, it is not a perfect nor a complete solution to treating your RV holding tanks; in fact, it may cause you more problems.
The Geo Method, in our opinion, is only one solution to a complex problem. By only addressing one of the key issues that come with holding tank care, The Geo Method fails to provide an all-inclusive tank maintenance process.
Of course, this is just our opinion—though it is well-researched and thought out. We would love to hear your thoughts on The Geo Method! If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to reach out to our customer support team. We would love to answer your questions about The Geo Method!
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