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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A TINY HOUSE COMPOST TOILET

Things You Should Know Before Buying a Compost Toilet for Your Tiny House

Living in a tiny house comes with a lot of advantages.From having your own tiny house compost toilet to living a minimalist life. This is regardless of whether you are living in a small house on wheels (THOW) or foundation. First and foremost, a small home gives you the chance to save on costs. With tiny living, you do not have to break the bank before getting yourself a small home. Secondly, you have the freedom to move with your house. This is especially the case when you are a proud owner of a tiny house on wheels.

Despite having many advantages, you must make sure that everything is in place. Through this action, you will get to enjoy life in your small home. One of the most important things that you have to put into consideration is a compost toilet. When nature calls, you must have a bathroom nearby. For this reason, you have to install a compost toilet into your tiny house. However, not every tiny enthusiast can get a good compost toilet for a small home. To help you out, here are the things you should know before buying a compost toilet for your tiny house.

What You Need to Know About Your Tiny House Compost Toilet

The Inner Part of a Compost Toilet

WILL IT STINK INSIDE?

One of the biggest fears of getting a tiny house compost toilet is whether it will stink inside. For this reason, many tiny enthusiasts do not want to get a compost toilet. What they do not know is that it will never stink so long as it has a vent and fan. The fan is tasked with the primary responsibility of drawing air into the toilet. Furthermore, it also exhausts any stinky air outside. You should therefore never worry about the odor of your tiny house. It is advisable that you empty the liquid waste every few days. Alternatively, you can decide to dilute liquid waste by adding water.

WILL IT STINK OUTSIDE?

At some point, there may be a bit of odor especially in areas where the vent terminates the tiny home. Fortunately, this is not common with a urine-diverting toilet. To make the vent efficient, you should not terminate it near a door, deck or opening window. If you are still having problems, then venting up the roof line will remove any stinky air.

Compost Toilet in Good Condition

HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TO EMPTY IT?

If you are living in your tiny house alone, then emptying the liquid waste every 3-4 days will do the trick. As for the solid waste, it can take you up to 12-16 weeks before you can finally empty it. However, this will depend on the type of compost toilet that you have. Most compost toilets have a solid waste chamber that can contain 90 uses. You should, therefore, do the math on how long it will last when having a family.

WHERE DO YOU EMPTY IT?

Both liquid waste and solid waste are emptied in different locations. There are two options that you can rely upon to drain the solid waste:

  • Empty the solid waste into a compost tumbler

With a compost tumbler, you can toss in paper scraps, food scraps or peat moss together with the solid waste. You have to turn the wastes at least once a day if they are to decompose nicely. This action ensures that there are no odors or infestations. With time, you can use the decomposed wastes in a lawn or flower bed.

  • Bag the contents in a biodegradable trash bag

If you do not have a compost tumbler, then you will have to make use of biodegradable trash bag. Once you do this, you have to toss it in a dumper. This method is environment-friendly since the bag will decompose much faster.

For the liquid waste, you can decide to dilute it with water until it is safe to pour on vegetation. If you own a THOW, then you can flush it down the toilet at a campground or rest stop. You should do this regularly if you are to have a clean compost toilet.

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IS IT LEGAL?

Before buying a compost toilet, you have to determine whether it is legal. States tend to have different rules and regulations when it comes to their housing codes. You might thus end up buying a compost toilet, yet it is not legal. If it is illegal, then you can look for a legal permit by visiting senior managers at the county offices. Some tiny enthusiasts may seek the help of inspectors when buying a compost toilet. Unfortunately, they may not help you since it is not in the codebook.

HOW TO VENT THE COMPOST TOILET?

A compost toilet will likely supply the ventilation. However, you can still vent it through the wall or roof of your tiny house. You must make sure that the added ventilation is good enough if you are to avoid issues. With a good ventilation system, your small home will always have a pleasant odor. Remember to seek the help of a professional when adding your ventilation. This is because they will install the ventilation in line with all the rules.

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ADVANTAGES OF A TINY HOUSE COMPOST TOILET

WATER CONSERVATION

One of the major advantages of using a compost toilet over a flush toilet is its water conservation. A low-flush toilet uses approximately 1.6 gallons of water during every flush. By using a compost toilet, you will incur fewer water bills thus meeting the goals of tiny house living.

EASY INSTALLATION

Installing a compost toilet is a walk in the park for most tiny enthusiasts. This is because it has a user manual that you can rely on during installation. It will therefore not take much of your time as is the case with flush toilets. Alternatively, you can seek the help of a professional tiny house builder to do the installation. However, you must be ready to part with some money as the installation fee.

LESS MAINTENANCE

Maintaining a compost toilet is much easier as compared to other types of toilets. All you have to do is empty the solid and liquid waste regularly. Once you do this, the compost toilet will have less smell thus making your stay comfortable.

A SILENT ADVANTAGE

A compost toilet is virtually silent when you compare it to an RV flush toilet. Without water, there are no revealing tinkling, flushing or splashing sounds. These sounds may be irritating at times especially when you have visitors around. With a compost toilet, you have no worries when going for a call of nature.

CONCLUSION

Before buying a compost toilet, you must make sure that there is a customer service system. With this service, you can reach the right people directly without having to break a sweat. It is recommended that you buy it from a company that specializes in composting toilets. By doing so, you will get a compost toilet that meets all your small house needs. Furthermore, the company can decide to offer after sales services like free installation.

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