How nasty is that stuff in your RV’s holding tanks?
The number one question we get is, “Why would you want to have a business that works with other people’s waste?” It’s a good question. After all, human waste is nasty stuff. But we take extra precautions beyond what you see when we perform our service on your rig.
We started Kleen Tank as a way to make a little extra income while we traveled with our own RV, our beloved 2005 Airstream Safari travel trailer. What began as something to do when we traveled has now (for better or worse!) become something we travel to do. Sure, its let us see so many things and meet many wonderful people. But it doesn’t come without its own woes and even dangers.
Human waste. Yuck!
There’s no getting around it. Human waste is nasty stuff. And while we think of it as just urine and feces, human waste actually includes your skin, hair, and other excreta such as nasal mucus, vomit, and anything you might cough up or sneeze.
Human waste and inadequate personal handing of it have been implicated in the transmission of many infectious diseases including cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, ascariasis (an intestinal parasite), and schistosomiasis (another type of parasite).
Gloving up to start
The first thing we do when arriving at a job site is put on a pair of latex, vinyl, or nitrile. It’s our first line of defense and we’ll likely change them a few times as we work on your RV. We also wear a pair of long, heavy rubber gloves when performing our cleaning service. It offers us extra protection and can help prevent problems when using sharp items such as tools or knives.
You’ll also see us using eye guards like glasses or whole face shields, hard hat helmets (especially under your slides), and other protective clothing like a full-body ripstop nylon suit. All of these are designed to protect us from whatever might be coming out of your RV. No offense meant.
Up to date on our shots
All of our dealers work with their primary care physicians to keep them safe from transmittable diseases. We receive immunizations for:
- Influenza or flu
- Hepatitis A
We may have other immunizations as directed and advised by our primary care physicians
What we do to keep you safe
It’s not all about us! We train our dealers to be safe in their service practices, considering their own safety first as well as yours (and your neighbor’s):
- We wear protective clothing, as mentioned above
- We work slowly and methodically
- We pay attention to your needs and concerns, those of your neighbors, and the RV park or resort where you are located
- We follow “best practices” when performing our work
- We use cleaning solutions to disinfect any surface we may have touched
- We use PPE (personal protection equipment) when working as well as when interacting with you and any other person
We welcome your questions and concerns. Please feel free to ask about our processes and procedures and do not be offended if we sometimes have to ask you to step back or wait a minute if we are in the middle of a cleaning procedure. We want you to know that we can about your health and safety as much as that of our technicians.
Jim Tome, Owner
Hi, I'm Jim Tome and, along with my wife, Debbie, the owners of Kleen Tank LLC, the national leader in RV holding tank cleaning service. We've been RVers like you since 2004 and have traveled all over the U.S. in our Airstream travel trailer. We started the business about twelve years ago and have cleaned tens of thousands holding tanks in thousands of RVs. From tiny weekend travel trailers to monstrous fifth wheels to luxurious motorhomes, I've seen just about every situation there is with RV holding tanks and waste systems. I hope you enjoy our articles; I try to post at least one per week and we've got a great library of them to cover just about every problem. Enjoy!
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