We are having a problem with the toilet backing up on us. Not sure what is wrong. The monitor says they are not full. And it was only used by two people. Any suggestions? Husband has called the dealer but they were no help. Thank you
I would check and see if you have a solids built up right under where the toilet drains into the black tank. In my 5er the plumbing turns and runs a short distance slopping down into the tank, you could have a build up of solid waste where the line drops into the tank. you dont say if you rv is new or was purchased used, I have a flexable wand I use to flush out my toilet drain into the tank, available at RV supply store or wal-mart . hope this helps LEE
Two major problems I have repeatedly seen. NOT enough water and too MUCH paper. The toilet in an RV is not like at home. Team is probably correct. Not enough water will build solids up right under the tank inlet. Get the wand he talks about or get a cheap water hose and stick it down the toilet. Fill the tank and then flush it out. Also put some water in your tank, drive, and slosh it around. Then empty again.
Thank you everyone for your advice. My husband tried a hose to loosen anything clogged and a plumbers snake and still nothing. So he has taken it in for service. It is clogged somewhere just cant find the clog. When draining the tank nothing drains but yet there is ucky water sitting in the toliet. But we did learn from reading your replys that we need to start out with some water in the tank. We didnt know that. Thanks again for all the advice.
I have the Sewer Solution which uses a high pressure water jet to 'maserate' the stuff as it forces it out through a 1 inch hose. One or two ply paper makes it much easier for that to work. Otherwise, I have to move the spray nozzle around to break up heavier paper.
Except for that reason, I agree with John. There are too many people comparing an RV "septic system" with a home-style "septic system". The only things similar are pipe, tanks, and .....
Using adequate water when flushing is a must. Allowing your tank to fill 2/3's or 3/4's full before dumping makes for a 'gravity' dump and will generally empty all solids.
Single ply toilet tissue is recommended, and breaks down faster/better than the soft/fluffy stuff...and the less used, the better.
Some folks suggest adding water softener to the blackwater holding tank, and/or a bag of ice and water to slosh around while driving to help break down solids and clean the tank at the next dump. (As I can see down my toilet into the tank, if I am preparing to leave the campground I will add water until the tank is full enough to dump....then dump, and put a gallon or so of water back into the tank with the deoderizer)
And, something else to check regularly is the 'vent'....if clogged, you may have issues with dumping and/or odor.
The #1 thing that's required is rinsing/flushing the tank for about 5 min after dumping. If you don't have an in tank rinsing/sprinkling system, at least dump 4 full bowls or more of water through the black tank before closing the valve. If you have a wand use it every 3rd time you dump. You need to add at least 4 to 6 gallons of water to the black tank before using. Not adding water to the black tank is like not having water in your toilet when going #2. Rather sticky business. :dead:
What I do is the following. I close the grey tanks valves. Then I open the black tank and let it drain while I use a hose and add water to the tank thru toilet, while it is draining, for about 5 minutes or so. Then I close the black tank and add a lot of water to the tank, let sit for 6 minutes, then drain black tank while adding water thru toilet. I then do it again and sometimes three times. Then I close the black tank valve, open the grey tank valves, then add about 5 gallons of water thru toilet and then add treatment to tank thru toilet. Seems to keep my sensors clean and no smell at all. I totally agree that the more water you use to clean/rinse the better.