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Old 11-16-2013, 11:15 PM   #15
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We are nearing completion of our garage/workshop. the garage is 30'X40' plus a 12'X40' lean-to for the boat. The second floor wil be my woodworking shop and my wife's metals studio.
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We are delayed because one window delivered was the incorrect size.
We will have courtesy parking with 30A service when everything is finished.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:08 PM   #16
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We're in the design stage of a new house and adding an external garage for the AS.

This may be a silly question but if I put the sewer access inside the garage to dump will it smell? Should I have it put beside the driveway instead?
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:16 PM   #17
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Here's my WAG: no, if you are careful to put the vent for the connection outside. You will very likely get a small amount of odour while emptying the tank, so install large windows to the outside with that in mind.
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Check with local building codes. There may be a code that will prevent you from doing this but I think most homes with a basement have a cleanout before the sewer pipe leaves the structure so I don't see any difference. Good ventilation in the area should reduce odor problems.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:36 PM   #19
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A tight lid should keep the dump station from venting sewer gas when the lid is on, either a screwed plug or a tight fitting cap. Some sewer gas will vent out when dumping as the drain has to breath.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:56 PM   #20
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:16 PM   #21
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ronnie, i'm with roger. building codes will likely shoot you down without a vent stack. sewer gasses an be lethal. two worker went into a sewer a few years ago and died down there.

when i dump my tanks in a park the fumes can be pretty bad and that is outside. you might be able to do it if it has a vent stack off that connection that goes above the roof. even that is required to be a certain height. i wouldn't want my garage to smell poopy.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:49 PM   #22
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We're in the design stage of a new house and adding an external garage for the AS.

This may be a silly question but if I put the sewer access inside the garage to dump will it smell? Should I have it put beside the driveway instead?
Since you're in the design phase, I'd say why chance it. Will your drain have a p trap? if so that might help if you make sure it doesn't dry out.

If you are concerned about having to move the trailer out to empty it, keep in mind you can use a longer hose and leave the trailer in the garage.

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Old 12-31-2013, 09:58 PM   #23
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My sewer hookup is inside and met code. It has a clean out outside and I have a full bathroom inside. Mine flows to a lift station that is part of the county sewer system. My trailer drain does not have a separate vent. The only vent is in the bathroom. I have no odor inside.

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Do a web search on " Sewer Solution" this should give you another option
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I have a heated garage with a standard sewer clean out which is basically what the sewage hose fitting screws into. It is opened only when I am hooking up the waste hose to dump the tanks. There is an oder only when the connections are open. This is minimal. At other times when the screw cap is fitted there is no oder.

I do not think a trap would be desirable as this would tend to collect solids, the worst part of your black water tanks.
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I do not think a trap would be desirable as this would tend to collect solids, the worst part of your black water tanks.

I would think it would be customary to flush the plumbing that you use with clean water when through dumping. Then the trap won't stink. Every other drain that dumps into the sewer has a trap. For several reason, but primarily the one you mention, I do not think using a cleanout to dump waste is a sound idea.

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A dump station is generally just a cleanout plug located at ground level; cleanout plugs never have traps on them because they're specifically designed for easy access with a Roto-Rooter or whatever will be used to clear clogs. And remember, your dump station may someday need to serve as a cleanout plug if the plumbing gets stopped up.

If you're concerned about odor, the answer is ventilation. Not venting in the pipe, but rather ventilating the garage. The simplest fix for bad odors is usually "stand upwind." So an exhaust fan (a standard bathroom exhaust fan is fine) loaded right by the dump station would not be amiss.
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