FAQ

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Please contact Dan Hylle at Healthy Tanks to schedule a competent RV holding tank cleaning of both tanks. You will find the phone number, email, and contact submission form on the website. Dan will promptly schedule a visit onsite to complete your RV holding tank cleaning service.

The industry standard for maintaining healthy RV holding tanks is to schedule a competent cleaning to occur on an annual schedule. There are several simple tasks the occupants can perform to assist the healthy environment inside the RV holding tanks in between scheduled annual cleanings as follows:

  • The first step is to complete a competent RV holding tank cleaning by a professional using specially-designed tools and equipment;
  • Once the RV holding tanks are competently cleaned by a professional, both RV holding tanks will return to like-new condition;
  • Then utilize probiotic treatment to maintain RV holding tanks. Harsh chemicals should be avoided;
  • Fill the toilet bowl associated with the sewage tank (black tank) to flush solids and paper down the drain;
  • When it comes time to drain the RV holding tanks, allow the black tank to fill at least 3/4 full before emptying. Empty the black tank first and the gray tank last;
  • If you have a flushing system in your RV holding tank use it liberally.
  • Remember: never leave blade valves open, because open valves cause black tanks to plug up, and open valves cause gray tanks to infest with insects.

If you plan on cleaning the two RV holding tanks, you will need to acquire thousands of dollars in specialized equipment and acquire the skill and competence to complete that RV holding tank cleaning service. Dan Hylle does not encourage or recommend undertaking the cleaning of either RV holding tank, because a mistake during service may result in damage to the holding tank, sensor, waste line, or cause the novice to suffer health issues if the waste saturates clothing or splashes on the face.

The typical time to complete the cleaning of black and gray RV holding tanks is 90 minutes. A plugged or impacted RV holding tank may take additional time.

the use of harsh chemicals is not appropriate, nor are harsh chemicals the best way to clean an RV holding tank. Harsh chemicals are often ineffective, costly, and bad for the environment. In addition, many harsh chemicals which eliminate RV holding tank odors are most likely killing favorable bacteria growth which breaks down the waste. Therefore, in most instances, the use of harsh chemicals are harmful because harsh chemicals elevate pH inside the tank and waste line which encourages growth of struvites which are kidney stone like crystals which grow inside the tank blocking the intended flow and can likewise render sensors inoperable.

The proper Probiotic treatments are proven effective in the breakdown of waste. However, probiatic treatments are living enzymes, therefore without a thorough RV holding tank cleaning the residue chemicals from prior harsh chemicals can inhibit or negate the positive effect of the probiotic treatment.

As soon thereafter as the RV holding tank is competently cleaned, the inclusion of probiotic treatment is the best course of treatment and remains the most environmental-friendly method to keep the RV holding tank environment healthy.

In the majority of service calls, a dirty tank does adversely affect the RV holding tank sensor reading. In the majority of service calls, the sensor remains lit even after the tank is dumped which constitutes a continuing warning to all occupants of a potential unhealthy environment inside the RV holding tank, and that “stay-lit” status should prompt the occupants to promptly schedule an RV holding tank cleaning to return both tanks back to a clean and healthy environment.

There is no definitive answer to this question. The answer will depend upon how much usage your RV holding tanks receive. Leading RV manufacturers recommend a thorough holding tank cleaning to be performed once per year which constitutes an established minimum cycle.

A dirty RV holding tank can ruin the recreational experience. An RV holding tank should never have a foul odor. In addition to creating odor, a dirty RV holding tank indicates the system is not properly functioning internally. For example, build up of calcium, sludge, and struvites can harden inside the RV holding tank, thereby creating an inoperable holding tank. Moreover, if the RV holding tank is unhealthy it could cause the RV occupants to suffer health ailments.

In many instances, a galley tank environment may encourage the growth of mold, and just about anything imaginable could be lurking inside the RV’s black tank. A once per year cleaning of both RV holding tanks has always been the course of factory recommended maintenance. What distinguishes the RV holding tank cleaning offered by Dan Hylle of Healthy Tanks is the onsite methods Dan utilizes to guarantee each customer a totally clean system.

The price to clean the black and gray RV holding tanks is typically set at $225.00. That $225.00 fee does not necessarily apply for every cleaning service or in every location. That typical service fee of $225.00 does not apply in the event a situation arises which necessitates extensive service time at the service location such as caused by extensive impaction or a substantially plugged RV holding tank or waste line, or in the event of extensive travel distance to and from the service address, or in situations requiring an emergency response. However, in other instances involving a service request by a well-established customer utilizing the RV holding tank cleaning service on an annually recurring basis, such long-term relations may result in a discounted fee less than $225.00.