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Old 27-01-2020, 12:22   #1
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SALT WATER HEAD

I know this will sound crazy and maybe i am just forgetful, as i have dealt with this in the past sometime over the last fifty years

But here goes.

i recently moved on to another boat and the boat has an electric flushing head that uses salt water for flush.

common enough, however the smell in the head when the water stands get pretty bad smelling. This Is not a holding tank issue, but rather standing water in the head itself

Does any one know of a remedy that will not harm the system components and relieve the smell?

I am thinking there must be some sort of drops of something to neutralize the odor without harm to the system and holding tank

thank in advance
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Old 27-01-2020, 12:54   #2
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The smell comes from dead biological material that is inside your sea water feed plumbing ...not you sewage outlet plumbing

Fastest solution is to rip out all your old sea water feed plumbing and replace with new ...un contaminated...sea water feed plumbing

If possible convert to fresh water flush ..you will never have a smell issue
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Hopefully Peggy Hall will come to your rescue soon. She's the Queen when it comes to black water systems.
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In the meantime, consider converting to fresh water for your system. It doesn't use all that much.
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Re: SALT WATER HEAD

Does this smell become apparent after days without use of the head? My family lived aboard for decades with a salt water head and we only found such a smell when we returned after travelling away from our boat. This never happened with daily use and complete rinsing flushes.
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Does any one know of a remedy that will not harm the system components and relieve the smell?
Use a shower head to fill and flush the toilet when you are not going to use it again soon, such as when leaving the boat at a dock for a few days.
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Use a shower head to fill and flush the toilet when you are not going to use it again soon, such as when leaving the boat at a dock for a few days.
Even better, if you have a filter before the salt water pump similar to an engine intake filter, close the intake valve, remove the lid and fill the entire system with fresh water, you will have to flush a couple of times to get all the salt water out but the head will remain sweet for extended periods.
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In the meantime, consider converting to fresh water for your system. It doesn't use all that much.
I figure we use at least 5 gl a day of fresh water to flush with. This is based on our 35 gl waste tank fills up in just under a week.
I think that number is in line with what Peggie has posted in the past.
If your jugging water, 5 gl a day just to flush would I think be significant.
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Does any one know of a remedy that will not harm the system components and relieve the smell?

thank in advance
Convert the system to a freshwater head. One of the best changes/upgrades we made before cruising!
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