September 13,2023

Five tips for keeping black tank sensors working

Owning an RV is an incredible way to explore the world while enjoying the comforts of home on the road. However, RV maintenance can sometimes be a challenge, especially when it comes to keeping essential systems, like the black holding tank sensors, in proper working order. These sensors are vital for knowing when to empty your black tank, which can prevent waste buildup and odors. 

Properly Monitor Tank Levels

It’s essential closely watch your black tank’s level to prevent waste buildup. Many modern RVs come equipped with sensors that monitor the level of waste in the black tank. Empty the black tank when it reaches around two-thirds full to avoid odors and the dreaded “poo pyramid”.

Use Premium Tank Treatments

Premium tank treatments can help break down waste, control odors, and reduce the buildup of solids in your black tank. There are various options available with different odor-fighting ingredients. An enzyme-based deodorizer like Bio-Pak fights smells by digesting odor-causing bacteria. Bio-Pak also liquefies waste and paper, eliminating the need for special RV toilet paper. Porta-Pak fights odors by stopping the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Porta-Pak is a powerful formula ideal for heavy usage and hot climates.

Regularly Flush the Tank

Flushing the black tank regularly is crucial to prevent waste buildup and sensor malfunctioning. Invest in a good-quality tank-flushing wand or a built-in tank flush system if your RV has one. When emptying your RV’s holding tanks, empty the black first and then the grey. Greywater will flush out any solids left in your drain lines from the black tank.

Clean your sensors

If you suspect your black tank sensors aren’t functioning, waste or paper buildup is probably interfering with the sensors’ ability to read the tank level. Clean the sensors and tank with Commando, a concentrated formula contained in a drop-in packet. Commando contains enzymes that liquefy the waste and paper caked to the tank walls and sensors, restoring the tank to like-new condition. Commando is designed to work in as little as 12 to 24 hours, but leaving it in longer won’t hurt the tank. Use Commando preventatively every 3 months to keep the tank problem-free.  

Practice Good Waste Management Habits

Avoid disposing of non-biodegradable items, such as paper towels, baby wipes, or feminine hygiene products, in the toilet. These items can contribute to sensor malfunctions by causing clogs and preventing proper waste breakdown. Use trash receptacles for these items to keep your black tank free from debris.

Maintaining your RV black holding tank sensors is essential for a hassle-free and enjoyable RVing experience. By following these tips and incorporating them into your regular RV maintenance routine, you can help ensure that your sensors stay in proper working order. With accurate tank level readings, you’ll have peace of mind knowing when it’s time to empty the black tank, preventing unwanted surprises and maintaining a clean and comfortable environment while on the road. Happy Adventuring!