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A septic system is something that is easily forgotten until something goes horribly wrong. What should you avoid running down your kitchen sink? Is one type of toilet paper safer to use than another? How often does your septic tank really need to be cleaned? These were just some of the questions that I had about my septic tank after it had backed up and filled my yard with raw sewage. Since then, I have spent hours researching septic systems so that I would not have to go through that again. I have developed my website to make learning about septic systems a little easier for others like me.

learning the basics of home septic systems

Toilet Talk For Tiny Homes

Matthew Young

Building a tiny house can sound like a great idea. You sacrifice living space, but you also save money that you can put toward any number of things that are more important to you than living space. Without a mortgage or rent payment to deal with, you can spend your money on travel, education, or any other experience that you deem a priority for a satisfying life. However, the details of putting a tiny house together can be a little overwhelming at first. One of the first things you might wonder is what kind of toilet will fit into a tiny house bathroom? It's an important question, but you might be surprised to find out how many options you really have. Take a look at a few of the best options.

RV Toilet

One of the most obvious choices is a low-flush RV toilet. They're small enough to fit into a tiny house bathroom, and the experience of using one will be pretty similar to the experience of using a toilet in a regularly-sized house. If what you're looking for is a scaled down version of a typical home, with most of the modern conveniences left intact, an RV toilet may be the right choice for you.

If you go with the RV toilet, you'll need to figure out where the waste water is going to go. RV toilets are really a good option if your property can be hooked up to a local sewage system. Otherwise, you'll either have to put in a septic system, which can be prohibitively expensive, or you'll have to send the waste water to a holding tank, which you'll then have to find some place to empty. If you already own the property, a local plumbing contractor can let you know whether or not you can be connected to a city sewage system. If you're still shopping for the property and this type of toilet is a priority for you, make sure to find out about your sewage options before paying for the property.

Incinerating Toilet

An incinerating toilet is exactly like what it sounds like – after you use it, it will burn the waste down to ashes that can be easily disposed of. Incinerating toilets usually run on either electricity or propane. You don't have to be connected to a sewage system, and you won't be wasting water or producing much in the way of waste.

However, these toilets do have their downsides. They can be complicated to use, and some models are prone to frequent mechanical failures, which is not a plus when you have waste material to dispose of. Furthermore, the burning waste produces an unpleasant odor that can be hard to escape. Your ventilation should expel most of the smell to the outside of your home, but that doesn't mean you won't notice it, especially if a window is left open.

Composting Toilet

Composting toilets are toilets that convert human waste to usable compost – convenient if you plan on using your property to farm. You have two main options when it comes to composting toilets – you can go with the high tech composting toilet, which uses electricity to mechanically treat the waste. Or, you can purchase or make your own low tech composting toilet. A low tech composting toilet basically consists of a toilet seat, a bucket, and sawdust.

Composting toilets, like incinerating toilets, are convenient because they don't require water or access to a sewage or septic system. They're also a very green, environmentally friendly choice. However, the compost has to go somewhere, so if your tiny house will be in a town or city setting, or if you just don't have very much land where you would use the compost, then it may not be the right choice for you.

Take the time to talk to a plumber about your different bathroom plumbing and fixture options before you finalize the plans for your tiny house. A professional plumber can help you make the right choice for your needs and your location. Have a peek here about plumbing services available in your area.