Sanitation tips for use before placing your recreational vehicle into Vines storage facility in Highland

Storing your RV is something that needs to be done with care. With so many areas of an RV requiring attention, time and patience facilitate the stress-free storage preparation process. One area of great importance in the RV is the plumbing system, which includes shower drains as well as toilets, valves and hoses, sinks, and all piping. Tanks are an additional part of the plumbing system, with proper maintenance helping you avoid problems with bacteria, back up, or build-up.

To keep your RV operating - and smelling - great, perform necessary plumbing tasks before leaving it in our recreational vehicle storage facility in Highland, and at recommended intervals throughout the year.

Waste-Water Systems have terms that are important to know. Non-sewage wastewater, from sinks, is held in the gray-water tank. The black-water tank is where sewage goes. Vines storage has convenient dumpsites where these tanks can be emptied as needed.

Dumping tanks requires attention to detail, with a single hose servicing both tanks. To avoid buildup of debris and bacteria inside the hose, it is imperative to dump your black-water tank, followed by the gray-water tank. The black water tank empties more completely when it is fuller. Therefore, it is ideal to empty when this tank is at least two-thirds full. The exception is when you are placing your RV in storage. In this instance, dumping is necessary regardless of how full a tank is.

Before dumping
Having an extra hose on hand is helpful in case it is necessary to extend your dump hose's length. To prep for dumping, wear latex gloves and check hoses for any holes. Close the valves of both the grey- and black-water tanks. Hook up the dump hose, ensuring that it is angled suitably and placed well into the opening of the septic tank. Proper placement ensures the security of the hose during the dumping process. Remove the cap and make sure the dump-hose fitting is secured onto the drainpipe from the appropriate septic tank opening.

After dumping your black-water tank, fill it with water, flush once more, and close the dump valve. Fill the bottom of the tank with a bit of water and chemical additives for the prevention of odor and the dissolution of solids.

Additives can also be placed in grey-water tanks to prevent odors. This tank can be preserved by never pouring grease, oil, or any type of paint-thinning product down sink drains. After dumping a grey-water tank, a subsequent flush will inhibit the build-up of debris such as soap products.

After dumping the tanks, make sure all caps are replaced, and the hoses are flushed with water. Also, rinse septic tank areas and the service bay as a courtesy to others.

With this practical care, your RV's plumbing system will remain highly functional whether you are beginning a new season or placing your vehicle into off-season storage.

Contact Vines Storage for information on our indoor and outdoor storage options.
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