August 06, 2020
RVers of every experience level will sooner or later hear of or experience the dreaded “holding tank clog,” a seemingly undefeatable beast! But we’re here to tell you, holding tank clogs don’t have to be a scary ordeal. By following the right steps, you can beat them! More than that, if you put the proper care habits into place, you can prevent them from ever happening again!
In this article, we’ll be discussing the compacted tank. In its simplest form, this is a very accurate description! A compacted tank occurs when your entire black water holding tank (or at least a significant portion of it!) becomes clogged with compacted waste (in essence, a big block of often dried out, solid poop and toilet paper!). This can occur for a couple reasons:
We’ll examine these reasons more fully later on, but first you must determine if you indeed have a compacted tank as opposed to the other two types of holding tank clog.
Lucky for you, a clogged/compacted holding tank is probably the easiest type of clog to diagnose. Simply follow these steps to determine if you have a compacted tank.
Now that you know whether or not you have a clogged/compacted holding tank, we can move on to how to fix it!
After you've gone through this diagnoses, does it seem like this ISN'T your problem? Read here to diagnose if you have one of the other common tank clogs and learn how to solve it!
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A clogged/compacted tank is relatively easy to fix because you can easily add water and Unique Tank Cleaner to your holding tank through your RV toilet! Indeed, adding water is the ultimate goal here. Water will allow Tank Cleaner to break up the clog.
Follow these steps to unclog your RV holding tank:
Like we covered earlier, a clogged/compacted RV holding tank occurs when solid waste builds up on the bottom of your tank or clogs your discharge line, preventing you from dumping your tank. There are several ways to prevent this from happening in the first place.
Clogged or compacted RV holding tanks can certainly seem unbeatable at times, but as we’ve shown, you can defeat them if you follow the right steps and prevent them if you implement the right procedures!
As you know, there are other types of RV holding tank clogs, namely, pyramid plugs and blocked lines. If you are interested in learning more about these clogs, how to fix them, and how to prevent them, please check out our thorough article, Unclogging An RV Toilet!
We hope this article has been helpful! If you should have any further questions about this topic that are not answered in this article, we’d love to hear from you! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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