Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-29-2015, 02:52 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 45
Backed up, spent small fortune so far

Boy, hubby hasn't even left yet for the deployment, and we're already running the gamut with all of the issues we're having. So, the commode in the main bathroom is backed up. Basically, I noticed that things weren't going anywhere a little ways into the commode drain, i.e., when we flush, we could see standing water down there about four to five inches below the commode drain stop. I went out and attempted to empty the black, but nothing would come out. That's when I started researching.

I found a video and several other posts that all reflected the "magic" of boiling water, so off I went to boil two pots of water -- one at a time. I poured the first one in, nothing really happened, so I got the second. Nothing really happened with that one either except to fill the bowl.

Having seen these things did nothing, off I went to Camping World. I picked up, at the recommendation of a service gentleman there, some chemical that's red and is supposed to eat through the toilet paper. I put it in seven hours again, still nothing. I also picked up a wand that you can attach a hose to and pressurize the blockage out. There's so much in there ar this point that I'm concerned about what would happen if we put more water in at this point.

Next I bought a snake. That can't seem to reach far enough down to unblock anything.

Well, I picked up some Drano today. I'm really at a loss. Seriously, it's not like we have yards and yards of pipe for this stuff to go through, I would think it would eventually eat through the toilet paper and drain.

The latest is Drano. I put a whole bottle in there, and I see no improvement. I'm at a loss as to what do to.


Recap of what I've tried so far over the course of this three-day period:
Boiling water (two pots)
I think I may have put a capful or two of bleach in there
Tissue degrader stuff from CW
Wand for garden hose
Snake
Plunger
Drano
I think that's it.
__________________

__________________
whisperwhillow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2015, 05:05 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Witch Doctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clarksville Va.
Posts: 7,628
Seems you are going through it all. With your Black Tank, there are only really two things that can happen. I doubt it is a tissue problem. It sounds like to me that the solids have blocked your pipe at the tank. I went through the same things years ago. I called a mobile tech. Told him what the problem was. He stated that most likely the solids turned into concrete. I was never at or been at a full hook-up site before. I left my black tank open not knowing that only the liquid would then come out and the solids would stay in the tank. Well after about 2 weeks the head was backing up. He said I only had two choices, gave me a name of a product to buy to break up the solids, had to let sit for 24 hrs. and hoped it worked or I would have to replace the tank. Well it worked and the tank drained after 24 hrs. I can't remember the name of the stuff it's in a powder form. A person in Goshen had the same problem I gave them a pack and the next day there's worked to. I will see If I have anymore in the trailer so I can give you the name. The other thing that can happen is your valve is not opening. Lets hope that's not the problem. I'm sure one of the other members might know the name of this stuff. It might work, or it's the valve. I also tried a snake with no luck at all. Also the plunger, just made a mess.
__________________

__________________
Rockwood #8289 WS 2012
F250 6.0 / Husky 16k
With 4 point leveling system
Witch Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2015, 07:00 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
mlong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Central PA
Posts: 199
I would be careful adding any more chemicals. All those chemicals could react against each other and cause deadly gasses or fire. I doubt that they would given the amount of dilution with all the water but......
__________________
2012 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab Short bed 5.3L v8
2014 Prime Time Manufacturing Avenger ATI 27BBS
mlong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2015, 07:11 AM   #4
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
They make an adapter that goes at the end of your drain pipe that has a water hose hose fitting on it to back flush the black tank.
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1446116902968.jpg
Views:	191
Size:	29.8 KB
ID:	93161
Only way for the black tank to get plugged like this.
1) left black tank valve open at a full hookup.

2) your not using near enough water when flushing.

If you number two the bowl should be almost full.
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2015, 07:17 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
mlong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Central PA
Posts: 199
Quote:
Originally Posted by TURBS View Post
They make an adapter that goes at the end of your drain pipe that has a water hose hose fitting on it to back flush the black tank.
Attachment 93161
Only way for the black tank to get plugged like this.
1) left black tank valve open at a full hookup.

2) your not using near enough water when flushing.

If you number two the bowl should be almost full.
I have one of those, however it does not work the way my plumbing is set up. My black & grey tanks connect together with a tee just after the valves. When I spray water in it basically just hits the tee and does direct the spray to the right location.

Just check your plumbing at the outlet to see if the spray would be effective. You may need to resort to just opening the black tank valve and snake a hose up there or a snake and just let everything run out. If you do this at a dump station they usually have some type of curb to keep spillage contained. Just be careful you don't get the "shower of shame" if you resort to this method.
__________________
2012 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab Short bed 5.3L v8
2014 Prime Time Manufacturing Avenger ATI 27BBS
mlong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2015, 07:31 AM   #6
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
If the bt hole is plugged with debris the water will force it open regardless of spray.
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2015, 07:32 AM   #7
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Op, do you know how much water is in your tank?

Are you sure the gate valve is opening?
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2015, 07:50 AM   #8
Boss Ox & Drovergirl
 
oxcamper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: N.E. Ohio Snow Belt
Posts: 671
Only to state the obvious, is your dump valve opening properly?
__________________
Mark, Vicki, & Scout THE dog
2015 Hemisphere 282RK
2010 F250 Super Duty
1992 Goldwing Aspencade
oxcamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2015, 07:54 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Waynesville
Posts: 12,031
Wisper Will,are you still in Colo.for the Winter? What all have you Prepped for Cold/Winter? Maybe you have Frozen Poo at discharge Valve? Without lots of Prep. a Toyhauler is a Bad Choice to winter in! Youroo!!
__________________
youroo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2015, 08:01 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 238
When I had that happen on one of my units and I was at a loss I used my electric power snake that I normally use when snaking my house plumbing pipes and after about 20 minutes it was able to break up what ever was in there and clear the issue. I ran the snake through the toilet itself.


Eastlake, Ohio
2013 F-350 Turbo Diesel
2016 Heritage Glen 368rlbh
__________________

__________________
Dinostop is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:59 PM.