Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Green New Year's Resolution

Water is a valuable resource and every effort should be made to conserve and protect it. A common New Year’s resolution is to be green or environmentally friendly.

This year, Tank Depot urges everyone to make a resolution that relates to water. After all, we can’t live without it.

In the landscape, water can be conserved and protected through the use of many best management practices, from selecting native plants with drought tolerance to improving soils with organic matter, using mulch correctly, applying fertilizers and pesticides wisely, monitoring irrigation systems to be sure they are uniform and to avoid over-watering.

Another way to have an even greater impact on water is rainwater harvesting. Recycling has long been a green resolution. While recycling rain is not new, the trend of capturing and reusing rain has returned and is gaining popularity. Make rainwater harvesting around your home and landscape a New Year’s resolution.

Rainwater harvesting captures rainwater to infiltrate into soil or to temporarily store for later use. Rainwater may be immediately available to plants when diverted to a rain or bio-retention garden or collected in rain barrels, cisterns or other storage units for later use.

Interest in rainwater harvesting is increasing for water conservation and stormwater reduction, particularly in urban areas. When rain falls on impervious rooftops, parking lots, streets, sidewalks and compacted soils, it runs off into storm drains, streams and rivers instead of soaking into soil.

Stormwater run-off leads to flooding, streambank erosion and pollutants being carried to surface water. As stormwater runs over surfaces like roof-tops, parking lots, lawns and other land, it picks up pollutants in its path and carries these via storm drains to surface water.

Treating rainwater as a waste product to be gotten rid of as quickly as possible also represents a lost opportunity to efficiently use a valuable resource. Why not harvest some rain and make use of it in the landscape?

While reclaimed rainwater can be used for non-potable indoor uses, and even drinking water after correct treatment, the easiest way to use harvested rainwater is in the landscape.

The benefits of rainwater harvesting include reduced amounts of stormwater and pollutants leaving a, the internet's best source for rain collection information.

We've have talked about rain gardens in this column before. This year, make a New Year’s resolution to harvest the rain and help conserve and protect this valuable resource.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cleaning Your RV Tanks

Typically, there are three holding tanks in an RV. "Black water" tanks hold waste from the toilet. Water from the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and shower drain into the "gray water" tank. "White water" tanks hold fresh water that's safe for drinking. Tanks need to be kept clean to prevent buildup and unpleasant odors. The basic cleaning principles are the same for all RVs. Read your user's manual for procedures unique to your RV.
Follow these simple steps for clean tanks;

Sanitize the white water tank by draining it and then filling it halfway. Add 1/4 cup household bleach for every 15 gallons of capacity in your tank. Run cold water through all of the faucets and then run hot water to get the bleach into the hot water tank.


Let the water stand for six hours and then drain the system. Add 1/4 cup baking soda to a gallon of water and pour it into the white-water tank. Fill the tank and then open all the faucets to remove any traces of bleach. Drain the tank and then fill with fresh water.


Allow the black water tank to fill two-thirds full to prevent solids from accumulating under the toilet. Follow your RV manufacturer's instructions for emptying the black water tank at a campground or truck stop dump station.


Purchase a rinse wand. The wand attaches to a hose and enters the black water tank through the toilet. Clean water rinses the tank as it is flushed through the wand, preventing waste from building up on the bottom of the tank.


Treat the black water tank with a holding tank solution added to enough water to cover the bottom of the tank. After adding the solution, use your tank as you normally would.


Use the gray water tank to help clean out the drain hose when emptying the black water tank. Close the water valve the evening before you break camp. In the morning, empty the black water tank first, then the gray water tank. The gray water will clean out the drain hose.


Leave the valves on the gray water tank open when the RV is attached to a sewer system. Gray water tanks don't usually need treatment, but if they begin to stink, use the same chemical solution in the gray water tank that you use in the black water tank.

When it is time to replace a tank, be sure to visit Tank Depot. is the world's largest supplier of marine and RV holding and water tanks.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Liquid Nitrogen Storage

Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are essential for food production. Liquid Nitrogen is one of the easiest ways to apply nitrogen to your crops. If past trends hold true, as oil prices rise so will liquid nitrogen. Also, Norwesco has announced a price increase effective January 17, 2011. In order to protect yourself from price increases, we suggest stocking up on liquid nitrogen now. Norwesco poly tanks are ideal for many types of liquid storage including fertilizer, potable water, and even wine! Call Tank Depot to learn about pre-ordering tanks before the price increase.

Norwesco tanks are manufactured using resins that meet FDA specifications to ensure safe storage of potable water, and where applicable, Norwesco tanks are also NSF approved. Quality, price, product line and leading edge technology make Norwesco North America’s largest manufacturer of rotationally molded tanks.

To see Tank Depot's full line of liquid storage tanks, visit our Contact a Tank Depot representative about tanks via toll-free telephone at (866) 926-5603 or via e-mail at Mention this blog posting when you order.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Tank Depot Blog: Merry Christmas!

The Tank Depot Blog: Merry Christmas!: "Merry Christmas to all! We at Tank Depot would like to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful customers, vendors and suppliers and wis..."

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all!

We at Tank Depot would like to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful customers, vendors and suppliers and wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, a safe Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Next Great Texan Drought

Don't look now, but. . .
The next great drought in Texas may already be upon us.

Since Tropical Storm Hermine drenched Central Texas in September, the state has been very dry, with large swaths receiving less than 10 percent of normal rainfall levels.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, the past two months were the state's eighth-driest October-November period on record and second-driest in 44 years. If Texas doesn't get at least 0.78 inches of rain this month, it would be the driest October-December period since the 1950s.
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So? What to do? Call Tank Depot in San Antonio (210) 648-3866 or Houston (713) 453-4470and begin harvesting what rainwater we do receive. Tank Depot's experts are standing by - tanks are in stock and ready for immediate pick-up or delivery. As always, Tank Depot guarantees the lowest prices in Texas on ANY tank!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Oil-Tainer™ Now Includes FREE Gauge

Chemtainer 385 Gallon Oil Tainer w/ Oil Level Gauge

  • The ideal double-wall waste oil tank with 110% secondary containment.
  • Hinged, lockable manway cover.
  • Weather resistant and vented.
  • Maintenance-free, won't rust, chip or dent.
  • Easy to clean with soap and water.
  • Translucent "Safety Yellow" containment tank for easy routine inspection.
  • Large Sink with debris screen and removable debris strainer.
  • Automatic overflow shutoff.
  • Oil level monitoring gauge.
  • 2" external quick-release drain coupling.
  • Made of 100% Recyclable Polyethylene.
  • Meets the latest EPA standards for used oil storage containers (waste oil tanks) CFR 40-279.22

  • For Tank Depot customers, the Chem-Tainer Oil_Tainer™ now comes complete with a FREE oil level gauge ($200 Value). Click or call 866-926-5603 to get yours today! Tank Depot guarantees the lowest price anywhere.

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Drinking water for Large Events

    Water Monster 125 Gallon Bulk Drinking Water Dispensers

    The Water Monster is the first portable self-serving bulk water dispenser that is lightweight and stackable. Our plastic tanks are perfect for hydrating large outdoor crowds and reducing trash and plastic bottle waste. The multiple outlets offer the refreshing solutions for event managers. Our water aid stations eliminate long water lines and allows for easier crowd management.

    *125 gallon capacity (equal to 1,000 16oz water bottles)
    *6 self serving outlets
    *1” dump valve
    *1/4 turn hose bib
    *Lockable Lid
    *UV resistant
    *Self aligning tank and stand fit
    *Stand usable on multiple services
    *Bottom ring prevents tipping on soft ground surfaces

    Technical Specifics
    *BPA free Polypropylene plastic
    *#2 Virgin plastic
    *Tank 44”W (top), 29.5”W (bottom), 38”H weighs 42 lbs
    *Stand 30”W (top), 48”W (bottom), 32”H wt 35 lbs (3/16” thick aluminum)
    *Lid 44.5”W, 4”H weighs 10 lbs
    *Tanks stackable with 5” nesting height
    *Stands stackable with 5.25” nesting height

    Events are only as successful as their participants are happy – and hydrated. The Water Monster is the easy solution for providing water to crowds. The long lines at water stations, the pallets of water bottles or crates of water jugs are gone when The Water Monster is invited. Instead, your event participants have multiple water tanks to serve themselves from multiple spigots. More cool or iced water and less waiting in line is the key to happy and hydrated participants.

    The Water Monster is right at home at:

    • Outdoor events
    • Marathons
    • Races
    • Concerts
    • Sporting events
    • Company Picnics
    • Church Festivals

    Huge Water Tank Sale

    Our Tank Depot stores in Houston and San Antonio TX are now offering the best prices EVER on 1,500 gallon water tanks!
    1500 Gallon Vertical Water Tank
    with installed fittings
    Inlet: 1.5"
    Outlet: 2"
    Lid: 8"

    Part Number:
    Capacity: 1500 Gallons
    Size: 92"D x 60"H
    These tanks are FDA approved for potable drinking water and are manufactured of NSF61 listed materials. Green or black tanks are in stock. Customers are finding these tanks perfect for storing rainwater. Rainwater harvesting accessories are available at Tank Depot.
    Don't wait - supplies truly are limited. These tanks are in stock and ready for immediate pick up or delivery. Call today-
    Tank Depot of San Antonio TX (210) 648-3866
    Tank Depot of Houston TX (713) 453-4470

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Rain Harvesting Expo 2010 - San Antonio, Texas

    Rain Harvesting Expo 2010

    Saturday October 9th

    Tank Depot - San Antonio TX

    2620 SE Loop 410

    San Antonio, TX 78222

    Free Admission Noon – 6:00pm

    Learn about:

    Basic Components – Tanks, Barrels, Leaf Screens, Diverters, Pumps & Pressure Tanks

    Quality & Treatment- Considerations for Your System, Water Quality Standards, Water Treatment

    System Capacity- How much Water Can I Collect?, Calculation Storage Capacity, Estimating Demand, Water Conservations Tips And More!

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    1,500 Gallon Water Tank $499.99

    Tank Depot, America's leading water storage supplier announces a huge price reduction on the popular 1,500 gallon size potable water storage tank. For a limited time and while supplies last, the folks at Tank Depot have reduced the price of these tanks to just $499.99 - the lowest price ever on a tank of this capacity. Tank Depot's premium water tanks are an effective, economical way to store potable (drinking) water for Residential and Commercial applications. Our polyethylene water tanks use resin which complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation 21CFR 177.1520 (1) 3.1 and 3.2 for storage of potable water. Tank Depot Water Tanks can be placed on any FLAT, firm, level surface for simple installation. Water Tanks are lightweight and can be rolled by hand into place. Care should be taken not to damage Inlet/Outlet when moving water tanks. Water Tanks are for storage and are not designed to be pressurized. These tanks are designed for water use only.
    • Color Tank reduces algae growth within water tanks and blends in with the environment.
    • UV Stabilized (you can use our water tanks outdoors).
    • Excellent impact resistance
    • Water tanks come complete with female threaded inlet/outlets* and a vented twist entry.
    • Maintenance free, made to last.
    • Applications include drinking water, fire protection, irrigation, disaster preparedness, and rainwater collection.
    • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation 21CFR 177.1520 (1) 3.1 and 3.2 for storage of potable water

    San Antonio International Farm & Ranch Show

    Tank Depot will be exhibiting at The San Antonio International Farm and Ranch Show on October 14th - October 16th at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio TX.
    At the show, buyers will enjoy steep show discounts on water tanks, crop care tanks, utility tanks, cisterns and septic tanks and more!
    On display will be the latest 2,500 gallon below ground water tank on the market, Ace DenHartog's Aquifer Cistern. Den Hartog Industries is excited to introduce their new Aquifer, Low Profile Cistern Tanks! This new family contains 1000, 1500, 2000 and 2500 gallon low profile cistern tanks designed for below ground installation. The Aquifer Low Profile Cistern Tanks are designed to provide a safe and durable means for the storage of potable or non-potable water. Their sectional ribbing design will sustain vertical soil pressures of up to 400 PSF. Tank can be buried up to 28” deep and can be backfilled empty. Multiple fitting locations are provided to accommodate a variety of plumbing configurations. Fitting flats on each end and one side of the tank will accept up to 4” fittings. Manufactured from FDA compliant resins and high-density polyethylene with U.V. inhibitors. Designed for the containment of liquids with a specific gravity of 1.7 or lower.

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010

    Storing water for Emergency Purposes

    It’s easy to take our water supply for granted- especially when living in areas that have a higher abundance of water. But the unfortunate truth is- disaster can strike at any moment… hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. Having an emergency water supply is essential for personal comfort, and in many cases, for survival.

    It is recommended that you store at least one gallon of water per person for each day for drinking and cooking, and an additional gallon for bathing and cleaning. Children, nursing mothers, those who are ill, and those that live an active lifestyle will need more than the recommended amount, and if you’re living in a hot climate, you will need almost double. You should also store extra in case of a medical emergency. It is suggested that a family of four store between 500 and 600 gallons of water, which could last about 1-2 months.

    Water should be kept fresh to ensure that it is safe for drinking. suggests that you store plenty of water and familiarize yourself with methods of maintaining that water to assure that it stays clean. "Every six months, or so, empty the water you're storing and replace with fresh water. Use a hose approved for drinking water, as commonly sold to RV owners and farmers."

    Water should be stored in a food-grade container, that is also washed and thoroughly rinsed before use. Tank Depot's premium polyethylene water tanks use resin which complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation 21CFR 177.1520 (1) 3.1 and 3.2 for storage of potable water. Water purifiers and tank sterilizing units can be used to make sure the water remains safe for human consumption.

    Water should be stored in a cool, dry location away from gasoline, kerosene, pesticides or similar substances. If properly stored, it will last longer, but still must be replaced every 6-12 months. It is also a good idea to store some water in a freezer if possible. Water kept frozen should not be filled to the brim of the container, as ice will cause it to expand.

    Tank Depot Water Tanks can be placed on any FLAT, firm, level surface for simple installation. Water Tanks are lightweight and can be rolled by hand into place. Care should be taken not to damage Inlet/Outlet when moving water tanks.

    Tank Depot has water tanks in all shapes and sizes- from 5 gallons to over 10,000 gallons. Visit today for more information.

    Friday, June 25, 2010

    Residential Water Tanks

    Since not all places have an abundance of water, residential water storage is becoming increasingly important.

    Residential Water Tanks are used for safe drinking water, rainwater harvesting, long term water storage, emergency portable water storage, fire protection, irrigation and gardening. For areas that experience heavy droughts, have frequent fires, or contain poor quality or contaminated water, having a residential water tank is necessary.

    Plastic residential water tanks are the most affordable and light-weight, and they require the least amount of maintenance. Steel tanks are subject to rust and erosion, and wood tanks will rot over time. Concrete tanks are extremely heavy, expensive, and require machinery for installation.

    Tank Depot’s plastic residential water tanks come from 5-10,500 gallons.

    Our premium polyethylene water tanks are UV stabilized and reduce algae growth. They are maintenance free and built to last.

    Tank Depot carries Specialty Water tanks for the home that can be stored in basements, closets, and other areas with height restrictions.

    Our puncture-resistant portable pillow tanks are perfect for emergency storage. They take up little space, and can be used in a crawl space or under a patio deck.

    We also have Rain Barrels and Rainwater Collection Systems in all shapes, sizes, colors, and varieties. Conserving rain water is a great way to help preserve the environment. (The average American uses 80-100 gallons of water a day!)

    Tank Depot also has a number of water pumps, water purification systems, and other accessories required to make the best out of your Residential Water Tank.

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Leading Supplier of Gulf Oil Spill Response Tanks is the nation’s leading supplier of tanks destined for clean up duties in response to the BP gulf oil disaster.

    Environmental clean up contractors are relying on Tank-Depot for quick access to open top tanks, closed top tanks, bladder tanks and horizontal tanks utilized in all phases of clean up resulting from the British Petroleum oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Tank Depot is shipping tanks from six locations located in Texas and Florida.

    Because Tank Depot maintains stock of tanks and is able to ship many tanks immediately, their telephones have been ringing off the hook, according to representative Joe Tyson.

    In addition to tanks used to store contamination removed from beaches, Tyson says that Tank Depot has sold many vertical storage tanks for storage of fresh water, emulsifiers and chemicals.

    Gonzalez assures the public that Tank Depot is supplying these tanks at everyday low prices. “We have actually reduced prices on many of the tanks, in response to this disaster,” says Tyson.

    Tank Depot may be reached at 866-926-5603 or online at

    Monday, June 7, 2010

    Tank-Depot Supplies Gulf Oil Spill Clean Up Tanks is the nation’s leading supplier of tanks destined for clean up duties in response to the BP gulf oil disaster.

    Environmental clean up contractors are relying on Tank-Depot for quick access to open top tanks, closed top tanks, bladder tanks and horizontal tanks utilized in all phases of clean up resulting from the British Petroleum oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Tank Depot is shipping tanks from six locations located in Texas and Florida.

    Because Tank Depot maintains stock of tanks and is able to ship many tanks immediately, their telephones have been ringing off the hook, according to representative Joe Tyson.

    In addition to tanks used to store contamination removed from beaches, Tyson says that Tank Depot has sold many vertical storage tanks for storage of fresh water, emulsifiers and chemicals.

    Tyson assures the public that Tank Depot is supplying these tanks at everyday low prices. “We have actually reduced prices on many of the tanks, in response to this disaster,” says Tyson.

    Tank Depot may be reached at 866-926-5603 or online at

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    Double-Wall Tanks

    Double wall containment tanks add protection against tank failure. In the past, tanks have been kept inside concrete containment pits to accomplish containment in the event of a tank or tank fitting failure. This was not a satisfactory solution because the pits limit placement of tanks and are quite expensive to construct. By eliminating the construction expense of containment pits and affording ease of relocation, double wall tanks have become the standard for storage of chemicals. Double wall containment also aids in saving expensive chemicals in the event of a catastrophic failure. Unlike an old fashioned containment pit, Double wall chemical storage tanks keep debris and rainwater from entering the containment area. If a tank fails, the chemical will not be tainted, as it would be in a pit. This design is the best and most economical solution for any chemical storage application.

    Keeping out unwanted debris, containing all of the chemical product in the event of a tank or fitting failure, the ability to relocate tanks, and a wide variety of available fittings and accessories make double walled tanks the only logical choice. offers more standard sizes to choose from than any supplier in the world. An authorized vendor for Chem-Tainer Industries, Snyder Industries – Captor Series Tanks and Rotonics, America’s premier double wall tank manufacturers, Tank Depot guarantees the lowest prices available anywhere. Visit or call 1 (866) 926-5603

    - Joseph Tyson

    Tuesday, April 27, 2010

    Bladder Water Tanks

    Water storage tanks can come in many shapes and sizes and this can include stainless steel tanks, plastic tanks and portable tanks. However if you are looking for a simple storage solution that does not take up to much space then bladder water tanks are an option to consider.

    Bladder water tanks are essentially large reinforced plastic or rubber bags which are laid out flat in an appropriate space. When filled with water they basically look like large pillows and for this reason they can also be know by the name pillow tanks. The rubber is reinforced to make them extremely puncture resistant and this makes them durable tanks. The can be effective tanks and in a range of situations can be an ideal choice.

    Depending on the materials used to manufacture them, bladder water tanks can be used for potable drinking water. However they can also be used for rainwater and less clean water used in the home or office for bathing, toilet flushing and other purposes. They come in various sizes with smaller bladder tanks capable of holding around 1,000 gallons or less and larger tanks for commercial and industrial use being manufactured with capacities of 100,000 gallons or more.

    There can be a number of benefits to using bladder water tanks. They can be installed in locations where other tanks will not fit. If you do not have enough space to locate a more traditional upright metal or plastic tank, a bladder tank can be an option. It is possible to locate them in the crawl space under a home or patio deck and this keeps them out of the way and safely stored. They can also be ideal as a portable water tank and some are designed small enough to fit on the back of a pick-up or flat bed truck for easy transport of water.

    Pillow tanks are available from a few different manufacturers. The internet is an excellent place to look for these and a quick search can identify a number of manufacturers. Typical of these is the Tank Depot, Aero Tech Laboratories Incorporated and Canflex Incorporated. These companies produce a range of bladder tanks in various sizes from as small as 25 gallons up to 100,000 gallons and more. The tanks they produce are suitable for potable water, rainwater and other water.

    The cost for bladder water tanks will vary depending on the size of the tank. Smaller tanks can cost a few hundred dollars. The Tank Depot produces a 25 gallon bladder tank which retails for around $250, whereas a larger 1000 gallon tank costs in the region of $650. Companies are usually happy to provide a quote for a tank depending on your specifications.

    As a space saving option, bladder water tanks can be a good option. They can be installed in locations where other tanks will not fit and placing them in the space below a home or porch can free up room elsewhere for other uses. This can make them a good choice and they are an option to consider if you are looking for a water tank for your home or business.

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Biggest Pick Up Truck Bed Water Tank Yet

    500 Gallon Pickup Truck Water Tank

    Rotational molded with high quality FDA approved UV protected plastic to ensure uniform
    thickness and strength for maximum durability and longevity. The one piece construction
    eliminates cracking and splitting common in plastic-welded, two piece construction tanks. All edges have been rounded for safety and strength.

    This tank has been designed to fit in EVERY FULL-SIZE truck bed, does not matter if it is Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Toyota, ect.

    * Conveniently designed and engineered to fit in back of pick-ups & trailer units
    * Roto-molded/Seamless and Manufactured from FDA listed material
    * Gussets / baffling in bottom of tank to reduce sloshing
    * Translucent plastic allows you to see water levels in the tank
    * Low-profile & easy transport for full size pick-up truck
    * Includes shut-off valve and can be plumbed from anywhere
    * Limitless utilities:
    o Water transportation
    o Irrigation purpose
    o Pressure-Washing
    o Deicing
    o Chemical haul
    o Sprayer
    o Dust control
    o Fire Fighting Applications
    o Potable water capabilities
    o Home & Commercial emergency water storage
    o Landscape utilities

    Tank Weight: 165 lbs. – 3/16th wall

    Tank Dimensions: 3’-9” (W) X 5’-6” (L) X 3’-6” (H)

    Lid: 3” Fill-Cap & 2” drain fitting

    SPG Rating: 2 – designed with a 2.5:1 safety factor. Designed for containment of liquids of up to 1.7 specific gravity.
    Warranty: 500 gallon tank has 3 year warranty (Covers Defects in Materials and Workmanship)

    Tips for a Maintaining Trouble-free RV Holding Tanks

    Holding tanks, certainly not the glitz and glamor of hitting the open road, are a fact of life when RVing. Most RVs have a black tank, one or two gray tanks and a freshwater tank. There’s no getting around it – without holding tanks we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the “home-style” plumbing features in our rigs. But holding tanks present mystery and perhaps even a bit of confusion to a new RVer. What, when, how…read on for answers.

    An RV’s freshwater tank holds water a camper may use when no outside water hook-up is available – whether in a campground, at a rest stop or during travel. The water is pumped to your plumbing system via a 12-volt water pump – usually operated by a switch in the kitchen or bathroom. The most common freshwater tank maintenance task is sanitization. Remember, this is simply a tank full of water – infrequent use can cause bacteria buildup resulting in bad tasting or smelling water or even a bug that may make you ill.

    Eliminate this unpleasantness by sanitizing with a bleach water solution. Drain your tank, fill half way with fresh water, add ¼ cup of bleach for every 15 gallons your tank holds, fill tank, run “cold” water through your faucets, run the “hot” water to get the bleach water solution in your hot water tank. Let stand for four to six hours. Drain the tank (including hot water tank via faucets) completely. Mix a ½ cup of baking soda with a gallon of water, pour into tank and refill tank. Open all faucets to allow the fresh water to pump throughout the system – this step removes the bleach odor. Drain tank once again and refill – ready to use. Even sanitized, it is a good idea to use bottled water for drinking and cooking.

    One more fresh water tank tip – water weighs eight pounds per gallon – factor that weight in when traveling. I typically travel with only five or six gallons for rest stop needs. Most camps that do not have water hook-ups at the sites do have a water station to fill up prior to parking.

    The gray water system is the holding area for waste water from showers, the bathroom and kitchen sinks, etc. Be careful when washing dishes not to let many solids – like rice grains, etc. – down the drain. It’s okay to leave the tank valves open when connected to a sewer system. Occasional odors can be treated with the same holding tank solution used for your black tank – nothing fancy required.

    Black water is the boogieman of an RV’s holding tank system. This is where the “solids” reside. Plainly said, this is your toilet waste. Tip number one – DO NOT leave your tank open – even when you are connected to the campground’s sewer system. Your black water tank should be ½ to ¾ full before dumping. This little technique allows the suction of the sewer dump to force the solids out. That’s a good thing, no one wants stinky left behinds (no pun intended) to solidify on the bottom of your tank. Once that happens it is almost impossible to loosen it up and flush it out completely. It’s never a bad idea to run a few cycles of fresh water through the system when flushing the tank with a wand or other nifty tool meant for the job.

    Black tanks need a chemical “holding tank treatment” and a few gallons of water added after dumping. Look for an environmentally safe, formaldehyde-free solution. These treatments come in liquid form (which I like the best), tablets (never sure if they dissolve) or granules. These treatments may also contain a tank conditioner to lubricate the valves and seals.

    You don’t have to purchase camping store TP, either. Look for a one-ply product like Scott’s and your black tank will be fine. To test a TP put a sheet or two in a tall glass of water, allow to sit five minutes and stir. RV acceptable TP will disintegrate upon stirring. Lastly, nothing exotic should go down the toilet – waste and TP only, please.

    A few more thoughts on holding tanks that you may find useful:

    The tank meters inside your rig rarely work. Use another system to determine when to dump your tanks.
    Use a sturdy sewer hose with several end connectors on board and carry a rubber donut – required at more and more campgrounds.
    You may run into a law that prohibits the sewer hose from touching the ground. Be prepared by carrying a few pre-cut gutters and a wood block or two.
    And lastly, you know the old saying…it doesn’t run uphill…much to the surprise of many campground engineers (especially in government parks).

    So, there’s the fact of camping life that can’t be ignored. Just do it…

    Monday, January 25, 2010

    3 Ways Plastic Or Fiberglass Tanks Excel Over Concrete for Septic System Installation Repair

    There is little doubt, that a septic system is not one of the most glamorous of subjects. However, unless your home is tied in to your local sewage system, having a septic tank is a necessity.

    For years some people have had the impression that concrete septic tanks are superior to polyethylene plastic or fiberglass. Its human nature to assume that because a cement tank is heavier it will be more durable and have a longer life span. To some the adage has been, only install the lighter weight tank if you can´t get the less portable more cumbersome concrete tank to your location due to the topography of the site. In reality there are several other features and benefits that plastic or fiberglass tanks possess that make them the wise choice to use when designing your septic system. Listed are some of the advantages.

    1) Longer life span

    There are 3 negative factors that can affect the longevity of a concrete tank. The first two are the methane gases created by decomposing waste inside the tank and the acids in the soil which attack the tank from the outside. Both have a corrosive effect and will eventually cause the tank to deteriorate. The third factor is tree roots. Concrete is porous and thus allows the roots to penetrate and compromise the integrity of the tank. Because of their chemical composition, plastic or fiberglass tanks are impervious to these harmful gasses and acids. These materials are non-porous so tree roots cannot penetrate the tank.

    2) Easier to install

    We briefly mentioned that poly and fiberglass tanks are extremely portable because of their lighter weight. This allows them to be transported to remote sites with limited access. They can literally be hauled in the back of a pick up or a small trailer. Once the tank has reached its destination it can be off-loaded and set in the hole by hand. Sometimes a small backhoe or ladder is used to accomplish this. You therefore eliminate the cost and inconvenience of a boom truck and other heavy equipment required to set a concrete tank. This saves you both money and time. Anyone that has had the misfortune of waiting on a delivery that´s running behind schedule can appreciate the freedom associated with being able to control your own destiny.

    3) Ease of repair

    In the remote possibility that damage occurs, plastic and fiberglass tanks can be repaired much more easily than a cement tank. Plastic tanks simply require poly cord which is made from the same material as the tank. This cord can be melted into a crack with the use of a heat gun. Fiberglass tanks are repaired with a patch kit consisting of cloth, resin and catalyst. These kits are available at your local hardware or building supply store. These are some of the major things to consider when deciding on which of the 3 types of tanks to purchase for your septic system.

    In fairness, concrete tanks and the companies that manufacture them do have their place in the market. The most obvious application for these tanks is when a traffic-rated tank is required. In some instances a tank must be placed under a driveway, parking lot or other location where vehicles may have to drive over it. Cement tanks can be manufactured specifically for this purpose. This is a custom built tank. The normal concrete tanks are not designed for this purpose. Very important: do not drive over a concrete tank unless it´s a special traffic-rated tank. Of course this tank will carry an additional cost to be manufactured. Fiberglass tanks can also be made to meet these special requirements. Plastic tanks are not made available for this use.

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Storage Tank Solutions

    Portable collapsible storage tanks that are ideal for storing water, chemicals, fuel, powders, grains and foods, and raw materials.

    The hot-dip galvanized PVC-coated wire mesh frame encircles a reinforced thermoplastic liner. When the tank is filled, the contents exert pressure on the flexible mesh to form a stable and durable storage tank. The unique design permits compact packing and storing and very efficient transport from place to place. An optional cover protects the contents from contamination, evaporation, or changing weather conditions.

    Assembly (and disassembly) takes just minutes - no special training, tools, or drawings required. Manufactured from high-quality materials, the tanks meet international standards.


    • Easy assembly and disassembly
    • Durable, long-lasting materials
    • Range of sizes, capacities, and heights
    • Unique design for easy transport
    • Cost-effective
    • Easily customizable
    • Easy to maintain
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