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Old 07-13-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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Septic backing up into shower

The stuff is starting to get deep!I've been trying to drain the auxiliary tank, but nothing was coming out. Today, the shower was full to the top with black water. Opening the main tank, the shower drained. But now it refuses to go down any further, and it does smell... and I need a shower... Help? Plunging hasn't cut it.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:22 PM   #2
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What year/model trailer are you dealing with here?

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Old 07-13-2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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Duh... Yeah, that would help. It's a 77 Airstream 32'(?) Landyacht.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:11 PM   #4
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I think your trailer has 2 dump valves. One for the grey tank and one for the black tank. Are you saying that when you open the black tank valve it backs into the shower? Does either tanks contents empty thru the hose connection?
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I open the grey water valve, nothing comes out. The shower filled up with black water, and would not drain until I opened the black water tank.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:55 PM   #7
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It did, more or less, until recently. Then I couldn't get anything out of the grey water tank.
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My owner's manual says to empty tanks, put on drain hose, open valves, when tanks are empty close valves.

I wonder if a valve is broken. . .
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I hope not. I don't even want to think about fixing that.
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I hope not. I don't even want to think about fixing that.
I'd much rather fix a valve than have a shower full of black water. Just saying . . .
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I'll just keep the blackwater open, and shower outside... it is still summer
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Open the gray water dump and turn on some faucets. Does water come out the dump port? Are you sure you don't have the valves mixed up? It seems that on my early 80s unit had the black tank was labeled main, and the gray as aux.
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The tanks are labled the same as when I got the trailer. I'll try turning on some faucets tomorrow, when there is light.
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I'll just keep the blackwater open, and shower outside... it is still summer
If you keep the black tank valve open the liquids will drain away and you'll end up with a poop pyramid at the bottom of the tank right below the toilet.
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