Why Should You Add Bacteria to an RV Holding Tank?

Posted by Tank Techs on December 31, 2019


As the industry is moving away from chemical tank treatments and towards bacteria/enzyme-based treatments it is important to know that not all bacteria are created equal. Different bacteria accomplish different things and that is why you can’t expect the bacteria in your yogurt to consume the waste in your holding tank. Just because the rotten leftovers in your fridge are covered in bacteria doesn’t mean it will break down the toilet paper in your black tank.

The US EPA bulletin from 1999 (EPA Alert: EPA 909-f-99-002) cautions RVers that there is no known substance that is capable of eliminating or reducing waste in a holding tank, so they recommend tank pumping or cleaning on a regular basis to eliminate sludge buildup.

The EPA alert is based on science that is more than a decade old. The EPA has not had an opportunity to evaluate TankTechsRx and its unique combination of bacteria. Using our patented process, we bring together a mix of beneficial microorganisms with the ability to turn sludge into liquid.

Most bacteria strains that are commonly used in a holding tank will break down solids into a putrid smelling sludge that has to be removed. Some popular natural bacteria strains cause the rotten egg smell of Hydrogen Sulphur gas. Hydrogen Sulphur gas is known to break down many kinds of tank materials that can even result in tank failure.

The probiotic fermentation technology used in TankTechsRx addresses the sludge and foul-odor issues through a two-pronged method that is unique to our formula.

First, the consortium of microorganisms has metabolites (small molecules) that work to neutralize odor-causing compounds upon initial contact.

Then, the microorganisms team up to breakdown and consume remaining harmful (otherwise odor -inducing) organic compounds, making them less volatile. In effect, what remains is a solution that stops existing odors, while preemptively removing odorous compounds to a level that is below noticing.

Another unique property of our consortia-based formula is how these microorganisms’ metabolites allow the microbes to assist one another throughout the odor-destruction process. We have these metabolites to thank for keeping the microorganisms in TankTechsRx alive for longer durations and making them more resilient in various environments. The result? An army of microbes ready to take on the most combative odors. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough, odor issues in various situations have been greatly decreased in as little as 30 minutes to 24 hours when applied according to directions.

Third, these living probiotic microbes are combined in a way that allows them to continue to repopulate and grow in the tank, keeping odor controlled and solids consumed. They only need a food source to continue to live.

In controlled odor testing TankTechsRx was able to reduce ammonia odor (predominant odor in urine) by 99.6%. Trimethylamine is reduced by 99.2%. (From Wikipedia: Trimethylamine is a product of decomposition of plants and animals. In humans, it is synthesized exclusively by gut microbiota from dietary nutrients such as choline and carnitine.)

The final effect:

TankTechsRx was designed with the latest microbial technology to remove the odor, not just mask it. It multiplies to consume whatever is flushed into the tank.

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