Originally posted by: Tsquared
There is a god awefull smell in the cabin. could the brown water holding tank be permeating this smell? We've had it pumped twice, and there is a layer of sludge about 2" thick that the pump can't suck out because it's too thick and won't move to the point where the suck out hose is. Any suggestions on how to break up this sludge?
Since I happen to be in a land based business that deals with the same crap, I have a possible soultion for softening your hardened sludge. Any brand of Caustic Soda in bead form. Get 6 inches of water over the entire sludge bed, add 50# (1 bag) of the soda, mix well to thoroughly cover the required area, and let stand for 1 week. I caution you to KNOW WHAT MATERIAL YOUR TANK IS MADE OF. Check with Peg to see if she knows of any adverse reactions to steel tanks. We use this method in concrete, fiberglass, plastic, polyethylene and polystyrene tanks without any harm to the tank itself. Since steel septic tanks are illegal in my operating counties I have no personal experience there. The caustic manufacturer should offer insight on their web site.
This works great on land and it should do wonders for you. Last words of caution! If you do this proceedure you must completely flush the system thoroughly to remove every last trace of the caustic. While it will deactivate in 10 to 15 days, if there are any dry areas, that caustic will zero out any chemicals you induce into the tank. Lastly, I think this is a process that should be done on the hard, and it should not be done without eye and skin protection.
Welcome aboard, and good luck.
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