Waste removal isn’t pleasantwork nor is it something that should be left up to anyone but an industry expert. Regardless of how tedious it may be, you will need to pump out your houseboat regularly. The holding tanks on your boat are designed to hold waste for a long while but you still need to ensure that you apply the appropriate procedure and maintenance to keep them in good shape. When it comes time for your professional pump out there are a couple of requirements that you should stick to. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to keep you in good compliance for your next smooth flowing session.
How to properly pump out your houseboat?
Your boat will need to be docked in an area with ample space. We will arrive on-site with the pump-out system that will need to be positioned near your boat. You will need to find the waste fitting to which the pump out hose connects. Most of them are sealed with keyed plates that have assigned tools to open them. Once we’ve removed the waste fitting cap and set it aside in a safe place to avoid losing it. We’ll attach the pump out hose to the waste fitting and then switch on the machine that performs the shoreside pump out. As the pump is running and pulling a vacuum of your holding tank, we’ll monitor the process to see how it progresses. The pump will continue running until it is empty. Once the pump out is complete, keep the pump running to be sure that all the wastewater is sucked out of the hose.
Dos and don’ts of boat pump outs
- If your holding tank is full, try to avoid situations where your boat is plugged as a trailer. Tanks are designed to withstand impact from choppy waters but not from solid concrete and roads. You may have an accident you didn’t expect
- Don’t let the tank get to the point of overflow before calling a professional pumping tank in Renmark
- Don’t schedule a pump-out if the tank is too empty because the bacteria need to grow for them to do their job
- If your boat is going to be docked for a long time, consider giving us a call for a quick pump or schedule one right before you have a long trip ahead
- Never EVER pump out your raw sewage into freshwater lakes and other water bodies because it is both a contravention of regulation and a threat against marine life
- Get acquainted with acceptable places for pump-outs or a local pump outtechnician who can handle the work for you
- Plan accordingly for your next pump out and necessary maintenance afterwards
- NEVER pour bleach or other strong cleaning products into your holding tank
- If your holding tank overflows, contact a professional pump out provider to deal with the onboard overflow immediately. Do not resort to your own means
- Do your best to be patient with local service providers because they are delivering on service that is better than anything you could do yourself
- It is best advised to schedule a pump-out ahead of any long trips because you are most likely to cause an overflow in these circumstances
- Be sure to schedule tank cleaning every now and then because it enhances the durability of your tank
Keeping up with septic tank maintenance
Tank maintenance is essential to work but it doesn’t comprise complicated tasks. It can include things like rinsing and cleaning the tank to keep the interior clean. This can avoid the potential for build-up that can interfere with regular pump-outs. We can also discuss your options for marine tank treatments if you are looking for a solution that deals with the smell or otherwise.
How do you empty a waste tank on a boat?
Boat pump-outs are the act of getting rid of the waste on the unit safely and efficiently. Pump outs require the use of high-powered machinery and professional service providers. We will literally pump out the contents of the waste management system of your boat. This is usually in the form of a holding tank that needs regular servicing. It requires the safe pump out and the safe disposal of the waste material that is extracted from your boat. You can perform the same maintenance technique at a public, local station or you can employ the services of a professional who can handle it better for you. There’s no reason to trust anyone else with your waste management than septic tank professionals in this region. We know how to safely dispose of the waste, and we can provide additional services for the holding tank on your boat. If you require professional cleaning or the addition of treatment services, then you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to us because we are prepared to help in any way possible.
Before you go…
We’ve discussed some of the main considerations above but the main takeaway here is that you should simply hire a professional to deal with this very difficult part of waste management on your houseboat. The process of pumping out your boat is fairly straightforward for an expert and many local service providers are willing to help. If you only recently purchased a houseboat of your own, we suggest giving us a call straight away and we can do a detailed assessment that helps us map out how often you will need a pump out and schedule those in a yearly planner. Pump outs can be messy, stinky, and potentially dangerous to the local marine life if they aren’t handled by a professional. As a reminder, be sure to use toilet paper that is recommended for marine toilet use and avoid flushing anything else whatsoever to prolong the life of your onboard tank and waste system. You should also get familiar with the local rules and instructions for pumping out a boat so that you are always aware of what is required when it comes to the method you choose to have your waste removed.