No one wants a boat that smells like crap. Here’s how to prevent and eliminate boat toilet stink for good!
Are you one of those boat owners with a smelly head or heads? Have you tried everything, but the heads still stink? Cleaning and servicing your head is usually a job done in anger. It’s due to blockages or bad smells, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
It might sound too easy to be true, but I will share with you three secrets that will revolutionize how you look after your heads. Watch this video on preventing and eliminating boat toilet stink, and your boating lifestyle will be far more enjoyable.
Prevent And Eliminate Boat Toilet Stink Video
Three Secrets To Prevent And Eliminate Boat Toilet Stink
So, the first secret is that you have to flush your toilet way longer than you think necessary.
Whether you have an automatic toilet or the pump version, you’ll want to flush it long enough to get the urine into the tank. When urine and saltwater mix, it forms concrete, as shown in the video.
I know this is difficult to calculate if you’re pumping into a tank. Surely you don’t want to use too much space. But the key is to flush it enough so that all the urine enters the tank rather than sitting in the line.
This is important because by spending an extra minute flushing your heads, you’ll save yourself hours, if not days, of work cleaning or swapping out blackwater lines.
The second secret is routinely using vinegar and diluted muriatic acid to flush the lines monthly. I use vinegar every month in all our black and gray water lines. And then, every quarter, I’ll do a diluted muriatic flush.
The main thing to understand here is that flushing long enough will get a lot of grime out. But what’s left over, the vinegar and muriatic acid, will definitely eliminate. This means you will not get blockages due to build-up.
You’ll also drastically reduce the likelihood of bad smells.
The third secret is to clean your black water tank at least every year or twice a year. The main thing to understand here is that the tanks get gunked up over time. If you don’t flush them with some fresh water and clean them, they’ll smell.
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