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Winterizing Your Septic System Before The Freeze Sets In

Winter Septic Tank MaintenanceHomeowners start to worry when the temperature drops ... “Are there things I need to do to get my septic system ready for winter?” 

If the system was installed properly and everything is in good working order there is not a lot that needs to be done before winter arrives. 


But, homeowners should consider and take action as necessary.

  • If there is any maintenance of the system that has been put off, now is the time to have it done.
  • If the septic tank needs pumping, it should be pumped. If there is a pump station in the system, now would be the time to have the pump tank checked for any solids
  • And, the floats and pump should be evaluated to ensure they are in good working order

Boaters Looking For Solution to Bad Odors On Their Boats

Boats with toilets require a holding tank which contains the waste until the tank is pumped out.  Depending on the owner's preference, some boats are equipped with a “Y” valve, which allows them to pump out or discharge holding tank content overboard while out to sea.  Since it's illegal to discharge overboard anywhere else, skippers are advised to leave the overboard discharge valve locked to prevent accidental discharge and fines.

Holding Tank Odor Prevention

Eco Tank Pro™ provides a powerful all-natural deodorizer and waste treatment that reduces holding tank odors between pump outs. Eliminating unpleasant odors in powerboats and sailboats, it is simple to use and is environmentally friendly.  

Causes of Home Septic Tank Odors

Septic tanks receive the wastes from your home disposal ... where all the waste is decomposed and stored. Sometimes, the anti-bacterial cleansers used in your household cleaning causes a disturbance in the chemical decomposition and the bacteria in the septic tank that processes the waste are inadequate.

When the pH level is too acidic it causes the septic tanks to develop an unpleasant odor. When home owners experience a foul-smelling septic tank they have to explore the causes and take necessary steps to eliminate the problem.

The Cause of Septic Tank Odors

  • A Full Septic Tank: The most common cause is that the septic tank is full; this is the easiest problem to resolve, which is to pump it out. If your plumbing has a leaky faucet, or you’re using more water than usual, the septic tank may need to be pumped more frequently to diminish the odor.
  • A Clogged Septic Tank Vent: Septic tanks require a vent to allow sewage gases to escape, and avoids a buildup of toxic methane gases. Occasionally, the vent may get clogged by snow, nest or a ground critter. It is important to regularly inspect the vent to ensure that the gases are escaping. A clogged vent can result in foul smelling septic tank odors inside your home.
  • A Covered Septic Tank Vent: If your home has been remodeled or altered since the septic tank was installed, the vent might have been covered over. Many tanks were built to vent into the attic, so if the attic has been converted into a room, that room may experience odors from time to time.
  • A Missing Septic Tank Vent: If your septic tank was installed by a careless contractor, the system may have been installed without a vent. Without a vent, the odor from the tank comes up through the drains, making the kitchen and bathroom smell terrible.
  • A Chemistry Problem: Flushing things that should not to be flushed down the drain can cause problems with decomposition of sewage and lead to problems in the tank. It is very important to NOT flush oil or fat, industrial cleaning products, feminine hygiene products, paints, plastics, condoms, antibiotics and gasoline. These items cause a disturbance of the breakdown of sewage and results in offensive septic tank odor.

Why Does My RV Toilet Smell?

It happens to everybody who owns an RV or camper. One day you step into your RV and the smell from the toilet is overpowering.

Even though you’ve flushed regularly and used special cleaners in the bowl and tank, the stench persists and begins to permeate your entire motor home or camper.

The odor is coming from your toilet…it’s that simple. To get rid of the stench you need to identify the problem and fix it.

Your Toilet Smells Because:

  1. The sewer tank is damaged
  2. The toilet is leaking
  3. The tank has not recently been thoroughly cleaned
  4. The tank has a clog

Sanitize, Freshen, Remove Odors ...

Environmentally-friendly Eco Tank Pro™ offers odor control in your RV, Camper, Boat or in Your Home.

About Us

Eco Tank Pro™ provides a simple, no-mess portion-control deodorizer and waste treatment solution for use in RVs, powerboats or sailboats, and in your home.

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