Friday, 21 November 2014

Sludge Sucker Pilot

We have a maceration pumpout system fitted on Rosie and we have followed the operating instructions religiously - However, there has always been a certain 'air' when the tank reach the halfway point. We never found additional 'blue' to be all that effective in reducing the smell either. 

So we have moved over to using a different and much more eco friendly product, called 'Odourlos'. But as blue is a bacterial 'killer' we needed to reduce the level of residual blue in the tank before we could go more eco. First we had to let the 'toilet blue' contamination flush out of the holding tank - so to speak. So we did the usual pumpout which was then followed by a half fill of water. This was then followed by ten minutes of 'rocking the boat' to agitate the water around inside the holding tank. Then pumping it empty again. 

During our next period before the next pumpout we did not notice any significant increase in the amount of odour or strength. A second pumpout was followed by another boat rocking session to splash the water around again. Then it was the final pumpout. We have now moved over to using the new eco 'Odourlos'. No ensuing smells and we have just done a  'fragrant free' pumpout. For the first time we have been truly odour free. 

The product is described as having a blend of enzymes, friendly bacteria and surfactants * to break down waste in marine holding tanks. Eliminates holding tank odours completely. Breaks down waste and toilet tissue. Safe for any black water tank system. 100% organic and biodegradable.
* Surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension between two liquids or between a liquid and a solid. Surfactants may act as detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents, and dispersant.
I had a chat with a 'sludge sucker pilot' who spends his working day going from place to place poo pumping. He said some systems have a covered holding pool to which a handful of pellets are added after each pumpout. This creates a foam across the surface of the tank contents. The bacterial culture is anaerobic and the smells are trapped below the foam. Maybe Odourlos works the same way!

A blend of enzymes, friendly bacteria and surfactants, to break down waste in marine holding tanks.
  • Eliminates holding tank odours completely
  • Breaks down waste and tissue
  • Safe for any black water tank system
  • Safe for chemically sensitive people
  • Non-staining
  • 100% organic and biodegradable
- See more at: n MagNb Rose of Arden

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