Our customers consistently tell us that RV Digest-It is the most effective product they've ever used to safely and effectively digest waste and eliminate odors in their holding tanks.
Though RV Digest-It is very versatile, no product is a magic bullet, and without a proper understanding of how your RV's waste water systems work you won't get the most out of RV Digest-It.
On this page you will find tips and instructions to help you get the best results with RV Digest-It.
We can assure you that you will find great results if you follow the recommendations below. However, if you do run into any problems, don't worry! We will help you make the product work exactly as you expected or give you a full refund.
RV Digest-It is designed to be used as a preventative treatment, to digest solid waste and reduce odors in your holding tanks so that your sensors continue working properly and your tank remains clog-free.
RV Digest-It isn't designed to restore malfunctioning sensors or unclog holding tanks.
+ If you need to restore your misreading holding tank sensors, try using Unique Sensor Cleaner before you replace malfunctioning sensors.
+ If you are struggling with a pyramid plug or a backed-up holding tank, use Unique Tank Cleaner to unclog your RV holding tank.
Feel free to email our support team (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about RV Digest-It or our other products. We try to be very quick to respond, so you should hear back from us shortly!
Holding tank treatments have come a long way in the last few decades and they are more effective than ever. That said, no product is a magic bullet. If you aren’t doing the right things when dealing with your RV’s holding tanks, you are likely going to have odors, clogs, and misreading tank sensors no matter how great the treatment is you’re using. Think of it like good dental care. It doesn’t matter how good your toothpaste is if you don’t brush your teeth, floss, and visit the dentist regularly. Good treatments work best when used in conjunction with good holding tank practices.
To help you understand how to properly treat your holding tanks, we have developed The Unique Method. Using this method will virtually eliminate all tank problems, including toilet odors, tank clogs, misreading tank sensors, and malfunctioning valves.
Rule 1: Keep Your Black Tank Valve Closed
Leaving your black water tank valve open can result in your liquid wastes draining into the sewer while the solid waste gets left behind to clog your tank. This is known as a pyramid plug and will lead to backups and odors. It may also lead to costly repairs.
Rule 2: Don't Allow Caustic Chemicals or Anti-Bacterial Products in Your Tank
Your holding tank remains clog and odor-free from naturally occurring bacteria that are present in your tank. Killing those beneficial bacteria will increase your chance of odors and backups.
Rule 3: Treat After Each Dump
Treat your system with a high quality bacteria based holding tank treatment like RV Digest-It.
Rule 4: Clean Your Toilets With an RV Toilet Cleaner
Cleaning your toilets with bleach or chemical toilet cleaners will kill the beneficial bacteria in your tank and increase your likelihood of backups and foul tank odors.
We suggest using a bacteria based toilet cleaner like RV Toilet Bowl Cleaner.
Rule 5: Watch Your Tank Temperatures
The beneficial bacteria that keep your tanks clog and odor-free are inhibited by extreme heat and cold. Regulating your tank temps will allow those bacteria to flourish.The beneficial bacteria that keep your tanks clog and odor-free are inhibited by extreme heat and cold. Regulating your tank temps will allow those bacteria to flourish.
Rule 6: Use Plenty Of Water
We recommend holding down your flush peddle for 10 seconds each time you flush your toilet. Keeping ample water inside your RV's black water holding tank is absolutely necessary for a few reasons.
Rule 7: Keep Water In Your Toilet Bowl
As we mentioned above, water is a great odor barrier. By keeping several inches of water in your toilet bowl you will prevent sewer gases and odor from seeping into your RV.
Rule 8: Flush Your Tank Often
Most sewer holding tanks are not mounted perfectly level, nor are most RVs parked completely level, so waste can build up in the nooks and crannies of your black water tank. Flushing regularly (at minimum every 3-5 dumps) and for extended periods (15 - 20 minutes) will help clean out waste that may have accumulated in those areas that don't flow out with gravity when you are dumping your tanks. It will also help knock off any residual waste that could be clinging to your black tank walls and sensor probes.
One thing we can't stress enough is to USE PLENTY OF WATER. We understand that many of you are dry camping and are trying to go as long as you can without dumping your tanks, and that is your choice, but you also need to understand that water is a crucial component of proper black water care and if you aren’t using enough you will have problems. It’s a trade off. Is it better to go a few days longer without have to dump your tanks, or is it better to camp in an odor-free, clog-free RV with tank sensors that always work?
When customers call into our support line with problems they’re facing, in most cases the problems they’re experiencing are a result of using too little water. If you aren’t flushing enough water down your toilet with each flush you will eventually experience one (or all!) of the following problems at some point:
When you are using a bacteria-based product, like the majority of Unique Camping + Marine products, water is crucial. The bacteria inside our bottles are living organisms and they need water to remain hydrated and active. Without water they will die and become ineffective.
Water is also a great odor barrier, so by having ample amounts of water inside your holding tank to ensure all waste is under water you will be more effective at eliminating toilet odors. Imagine, if your poop and paper is above the water level, it’s going to smell very bad (think porto potty!). Also, if the water isn’t covering the waste completely, RV Digest-It can not get to it and it will remain untreated. Keeping water in your toilet bowl is essentially the same concept. By keeping a few inches of water in the bowl you inhibit the seeping of sewer gas back into your RV.
The simple fact is this: people who use ample water will almost NEVER have odors or clogs. We recommend holding down your flush peddle for a full 10 seconds each time you flush your toilet.
We suggest keeping your gray valve open because so many different types of grease (from food waste, soap, shampoo, etc.) get into your gray tank that you are potentially coating your sensors with grease by allowing your gray tanks to fill up unnecessarily. By leaving your valve open the grease and residue will run out of your tanks naturally so long as you don’t allow solids into your gray tanks.
Important: Make sure NO solids get into your gray tank. The waste going down your drain should only be liquid waste so solid waste doesn’t accumulate in your gray tanks leading to clogs and misreading sensors. If you don’t already use one, a good sink strainer is crucial to ensuring that only liquids go down your drains.
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When you treat your holding tank with RV Digest-It you are getting the best of both worlds: Waste Digestion (liquefying the solid waste in your tank) and Odor Elimination. To effectively treat your black tank system, follow these steps:
Note: Water has a huge impact on odor and waste reduction in your RV black tank. We strongly recommend getting into the habit of holding your flush peddle down for a full 10 seconds each time you use your toilet to make sure the waste and odors are handled properly.
You can certainly use Liquid RV Digest-It when dry camping, however, dry camping often involves much lower water use and therefore requires specific bacteria formulations to help control odors. We recommend using RV Digest-It Powder formula or RV Digest-It Drop-In Pods if you are dry camping.
If you choose to use RV Digest-It liquid when dry camping, follow the steps above for 'Camping on Full Hook Ups'.
Everyone has differing ideas on how to properly treat your gray water holding tanks. The method you ultimately choose is your decision and it should be based on how you routinely camp. Here are our recommendations when using RV Digest-It in your gray tank.
Camping on Full Hook-Ups and Dry Camping
Your goal is to never allow solids down your sink, showers, or dishwasher lines.
Even if you allow only liquids into your gray tank you will still accumulate grease, soap, and residue buildup in the tank that can eventually lead to foul tank odors and cause sensors to misread, so it’s important you follow these steps to make sure your tanks remain operating properly and that you don’t get odors in your RV.
Remember: If you are dry camping (boondocking) and don’t have access to full hook-ups you will likely camp with your Gray Tank valve closed. This means you will be filling your Gray Tank with water until you get to a place where you can dump the tank. The collection of soap, grease, food, and other items that will accumulate in your tank from sink and shower water will likely lead to odors and coat your tank sensors, causing them to misread. Be sure you use RV Digest-It in your Gray Tanks in this situation to reduce odors and help keep sensor functionally correctly.
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