How to Dump RV Waste in 11 Quick & Easy Steps

Olu Ojo
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If you’ve owned an RV for any length of time, then you know how important it is to dispose of wastewater properly.

What many individuals are unaware of is how simple it really is!

This blog article will go through the fundamentals of removing waste from your RV and how to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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Types of RV Tanks

There are three types of tanks: each with its function.

  • The RV black water tank is filled with sewage from your RV toilet.
  • The grey water tank collects the filthy water from your shower and sinks.
  • The Freshwater tank stores your clean water. This is the RV water tank that feeds your RV sink and shower.

Can you Dump RV Tanks At Home Legally?

It is permissible to dispose of RV black and grey water tanks at home, but wastewater must flow into an authorized residential sewer system.

Because state and territorial regulations differ, it’s essential to understand the local rules before disposing of your tanks as an RV owner.

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Quick & Easy Steps on how to Empty the RV Tank

  1. Start planning your dumping process once your black tank has hit the 2/3 mark- this prevents the tank from overfilling and sufficient time to find your next RV dumping station.
  2. Close the windows.
  3. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and make sure you have enough disinfecting wipes ready before beginning the waste removal process.
  4. Connect one end of your sewage drain hose to the black tank waste valve on your RV, then join the other end to the sewer line or dumping station valve.
  5. Pull the valve from the black tank to empty it completely.
  6. To clean the black tank, fill it with water and flush it. You may be able to use the water from your grey tank to do this if your setup allows for it.
  7. Ensure to drain all of the water from the RV black tank.
  8. Repeat the procedure with the grey water tank, beginning on step four above. To clean out the dumping hose with soap and detergent residue in the greywater, you must first empty the black tank.
  9. Close the valve and remove the sewer hose from your RV water tank.
  10. Before removing the hose from the sewage connection or dumping station, rinse the inside of the hose.
  11. Remove the sewage line and properly store it in a safe location.

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RV Septic System Maintenance

Now that you know how to dump your tanks, it’s important to keep up on some basic RV septic system maintenance.

One approach to achieve this is to run a tank cleaning solution in your black and gray water tanks on a regular basis.

This will help break down any build-up and keep things flowing smoothly.

Another thing to keep in mind is how you store your RV when it’s not in use.

Ensure that all valves are closed tight and that there is no wastewater left in the tanks or hoses.

Following these easy guidelines can help you avoid unpleasant surprises later on, and ensure simple disposal whenever!



Author Bio

Olu_Author Bio

Olu is a passionate entrepreneur who loves to blog about life-saving lifestyle habits, hacks, and travel. He lives in the Western part of Canada, and he currently shuffles time between completing a Master of Business Administration degree education, Accounting professional practice, and Blogging.

He has freelanced lifestyle write-ups and articles for many top-ranked authority websites since 2010.



  • Olu Ojo

    My name is Olu. I am a passionate entrepreneur who loves to write about Pets, Home Improvement Hacks & Products, Fitness, and Travel Lifestyle. I have two bachelor's degrees in Veterinary Medicine and Applied Accounting with a CPA designation. I currently shuffle time between completing a Master of Business Administration Degree Education, Professional Practice, and Content writing. I have freelanced lifestyle content and posts for many top authority websites like MSN, and Wealth of Geeks.

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