Can You Hook Up Your RV to a Septic Tank?

April 19, 2022
RV Septic Tank in Puyallup, WA

If you own an RV and also have a home with a septic system, you may have wondered if it’s possible to hook up your RV to your septic tank. And the answer to that question is simple. Yes, you can. But it’s not always a job you’ll be able to do yourself. Here’s how the process of connecting your RV to your septic tank works.

Use Your Septic System Cleanout Pipe

Since the pipes running to septic systems need periodic cleanings, most come equipped with a cleanout pipe. If you have one, it’ll be located somewhere near your home and will likely look like a capped PVC pipe coming up from the ground. In that case, all you have to do is open the cap and run your RV’s sewer hose to it so it can drain. But beware — you’ll want to make certain that you secure the sewer hose into the clean-out while it drains. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an awful mess.

Installing an RV Tank Dump

If your home’s septic system cleanout isn’t in a convenient spot, or if you wish to have a more permanent setup to drain your RV’s waste tanks, you may want to install an RV tank dump. Like a cleanout, this will involve connecting a tee to your septic system’s inlet to provide a permanent spot to connect your RV. But that’s not something that you should do on your own. Instead, you should call FloHawks Plumbing + Septic and let us install it to avoid damaging your home’s septic system.

Watch Out for RV Chemicals

No matter how you choose to hook up your RV to your home’s septic system, there is one warning you should heed. It’s that you will need to avoid using chemicals in your RV’s waste system from that point on. This is because septic systems rely on a delicate balance of bacteria and other organisms to break down the waste that enters the system. And the chemicals used in RVs can destroy that balance, causing damage to your septic system.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in connecting your RV to your home’s septic system, don’t take any chances. At FloHawks Plumbing + Septic, we’ll make sure the job gets done right. We have offices in Puyallup and several other Washington communities. Our team provides a full range of plumbing services and can help you with all of your septic system needs. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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