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Stink from heads

Discussion of AC's, plumbing and sanitation related issues.
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Stink from heads

Postby glazingguru » August 28th, 2014, 9:28 am

I have Raritan electric toilets, original equipment and they use salt water. They need to be rebuilt I think because especially the aft head dosent go down well. I have some kits to replace seals etc.
Anyway, they both stink up the bilges, especially the forward head. I wonder if the vent is somehow not properly venting to the outside and venting into the bilge. When the holding tanks reach about half full and we close up the boat it stinks in the boat sometimes as well.
We have tried every kind of tank additive and some work better than others but the heads still stink and the more full they get the more they stink.
Someone said to change them to run on fresh water, but I doubt that will really cure this problem.
Anyone else have this problem? Or a possible solution? Hopefully without throwing a whole lot more money away.

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Re: Stink from heads

Postby Lyndon670 » August 29th, 2014, 1:23 am

If you have tried all treatments, its most likely the hoses running from your head to the holding tank. There is a simple test to identiy if the hoses are "weeping". Take a clean rag and wrap it tightly around the hose somewhere between the toilet and the holding tank. Leave it there for a couple of days. When you next check it, unwrap it from the tank hose and smell it. If it smells - you need to replace the hose.

Have you tried Noflex Digestor? I have been boating for years and thought I had used everything too. Then I was recently given a sample of this stuff. It cleaned my lines and my tank like nothing else I have ever seen.

Might be worth a shot.
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Re: Stink from heads

Postby glazingguru » September 2nd, 2014, 1:41 pm

I will try that stuff. Thanks

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