Making Sense of RV Holding Tank Treatments
Unlike other tank treatments, TankTechsRx is made with a live mother culture that is natural, organic and EFFECTIVE! Our products employ the latest technology in bacterial science to remove odor by destroying harmful bacteria and consuming solid waste and paper, leaving behind liquid that contains healthy antioxidants. TankTechsRx’s probiotic liquid formula treatment is beneficial to both holding tanks and the environment!
There are three “other” types of tank treatments available today:
Formaldehyde-Based Tank Treatments
These tank treatments combine formaldehyde, detergents, coloring and deodorants to mask the odor of the tank with a very distinctive odor of its own. It works by “pickling” the waste instead of consuming it. Because formaldehyde stops the breakdown of the waste, struvite is not a problem, nor is there a buildup of sludge in the tank. The main problem here is odor and environmental harm. It will kill all the bacteria in a tank, good or bad. Formaldehyde-based tank treatments are DANGEROUS, POISONOUS and known to harm the groundwater supply and surrounding environment. It is becoming more common for RV parks and campgrounds to restrict and even ban the use of these products because they are quite harmful to septic system operation.
Chemical-Based Tank Treatments
Chemical-based treatments aggressively break down organic matter in the black tank and then use a deodorant to mask odors. When the gases are released as the waste breaks down, struvite is formed in the tank and lines, making tanks difficult to drain. In a matter of weeks (sometimes days) these treatments will form struvite on the tank walls and sensors, causing the sensors to malfunction. Struvite is the real reason black tank sensors do not work well or long (READ MORE ABOUT STRUVITE HERE). Some chemical-based treatments claim to be environmentally friendly (as some of the ingredients used do occur “naturally” in the environment), yet they all come with strong health warnings. They dilute out of a tank quickly, often requiring reapplication.
Enzyme and Bacteria-Based Tank Treatments
These treatments use enzymes or bacteria that break down solid waste instead of consuming it, which leaves a heavy sludge at the bottom of the tank. Our experience with thousands of tanks has confirmed this. Many are based on septic tank treatments, but it is common knowledge that septic tank sludge must be pumped on a regular basis. Because the sludge produced by these treatments is heavier than water, it is difficult for the RV tank flushing systems to operate effectively since the water flows over the sludge. Most claim to remove odor but actually use a deodorant or surfactant to disguise the smell. All allow struvite growth, some more than others.