by Jeremy Dyer
It is important for one to keep lavatories clean if they want to maintain high hygiene standards. Dirty ones bring discomfort especially when they stink. Those people who have no way of avoiding this stench by leaving, like those in a boat far away in large water bodies suffer the most. For their own good, these individuals need to teach themselves how to remove boat toilet odor.
Many people would look at it as an impossible task needing a lot of work. It is however quit as simple as ensuring a regular cleaning routine is followed. Adhering to basic toilet use etiquette like flashing after every use or ensuring that one goes to the lavatory with care not to make the seat dirty is also important. This is in fact the first step towards ensuring it never stinks.
Odor from a marine toilet is caused by many reasons, one being the discharge hose. It might be permeable and thus allowing escape of bad smell coming from trapped effluents in the system. To know whether this is the problem, rub a clean rug across the hose jacket then sniff it. If it is the cause then one is advised to change it immediately and use impermeable hoses that are sanitation friendly.
Another common reason is leakages in the system. These leaks can also be detected by the same method of using a clean dry clothing by rubbing it around valves, hose fittings or sealed loops. Damping of the piece of cloth as well as presence of odor indicates leaks. One should therefore ensure that they tighten valves and fittings properly, and very well seal vented loops, or lose them completely since they trap effluents.
Sea life including plants also tend to get stuck along the bowl rims as well as holes where water passes when flashed. Fixing strainers along intake paths assists in avoiding this. Scrubbing the said areas on a regular basis to avoid these marine lives accumulate there will also assist. Washing with scented bleaches and white vinegar for the purpose of air freshening is another technique.
In most cases salty water will cause scale deposits to accumulate making it very difficult to flush the lavatory and eventually causing leakage of water found in the discharge line back in the toilet bowl. The leaked water gives the lavatory a bad smell. To fix this issue effectively, a small portion of white vinegar can be regularly applied across the head. Vinegar freshens the water and assists in eliminating salt deposits.
An acidic flush through the main hose is also a recommended technique to clean marine toilets of unpleasant smell. One only needs to make a mixture of muriatic acid and water with very low concentrations of the acid. This mixture always works. There are instructions on the packaging container of the acid which should be read carefully before pouring the solution to dissolve thick residues in the main hose.
There are times that one does everything right but still ends up with the same result, toilet odor. This is a clear indication that a time for complete over haul of your toilet system has come. It is therefore necessary to get a good plumber although the process is simple for one to do by themselves with the right guideline.
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