How RV Plumbing Works

One of the biggest hesitations people have when considering the purchase of an RV is the issue of plumbing. As with boats and airplanes, RVs are always on the go. This poses the question of what happens to waste when it’s flushed away down the toilet? Let’s take a closer look at how RV plumbing works and why it’s probably not as gross as you might think.

The first thing you should know about RV plumbing is the difference between greywater vs. blackwater. Greywater refers to all the water that goes down the drain when you use the shower or kitchen/bathroom sinks – not exactly anyone’s idea of clean water, but not particularly gross in nature. Blackwater is the “gross” stuff. Blackwater refers to the water (and other material) that goes down the drain when the toilet is flushed. Depending on the state you’re in, you may be able to dump greywater straight into the ground. Blackwater is more strictly regulated and typically demands that it be disposed of at designated locations.

Before the water in an RV becomes “grey” or “black”, it is stored in a fresh water tank. This tank can be filtered for drinking and distributed to sinks and showers throughout the vehicle. Greywater and blackwater are stored in separate tanks with a dump valve for disposing of the water and waste at the appropriate locations. RVs are also fitted with water pumps and water heaters to ensure pressure and temperature control as the fresh water leaves the tank and is distributed throughout the RV.

RV plumbing is simpler than you may have thought. There’s no reason to be afraid or gross out by what goes on post-flush. As long as you maintain your vehicle and dispose of your waste water regularly, you should be just fine. Tritan Plumbing is available to handle plumbing problems of all shapes and sizes. You can call Tritan at all hours of the day and night, seven days a week. Tritan Plumbing offers a number of amazing coupons and discounts which you can access here

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