Request Appointment
X

Plumbing in a Tiny Home (Part 2)

 

Our previous blog discussed some of the choices to get water into your tiny home.  But, how do you handle getting rid of your waste water?  First, take into account the difference between black water and grey water.  Black water is the sewer waste from your toilet, while grey water is from other uses (i.e., showers, sinks, washing machines, etc.).  Most areas have strict regulations on the disposal of waste water, so check with your local state and county offices for the necessary guidelines.  Now, let’s talk about getting grey water out of your tiny home.

Disposal of Grey Water – Grey water contains soap, bacteria, food and grease, household cleaning products, and anything else we put down our sink drains.  Although clean enough to reuse for watering shrubs and plants, grey water cannot be drained into lakes, streams or ponds.  Plants can filter and break down the components in grey water, but draining into fresh water can pollute the water and harm fish and wildlife.  Here are some ways to properly dispose of your grey water.

  1. Hooking into a public sewer system is the simple way to deal with grey water.  If you plan to keep your tiny home stationary, this can be the perfect choice for you.
  2. The next simplest plan is placing a container under your sink and shower drain to catch the grey water.  Then it can manually be emptied onto surrounding trees, shrubs and plants.
  3. You can also set up a water tank that catches grey water then slowly drains from a hose in the bottom of the tank.  The tank will need to be slightly elevated to help with drainage.
  4. The tank system can also be turned into a longer irrigation system if you plan for a permanent tiny home location.  By using multiple lengths of hose you can have a system that drains the water between several planting beds.

Some really like the idea of tiny home living.  But in order to do it right, and prevent problems later on, you need to give the proper attention to the big areas like plumbing.  Our next blog is going to finish out your tiny home plumbing with finding the best ways to deal with Black Water.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Plumbing in a Tiny Home (Part 3)

 

As a final part of our blog series on “Plumbing in a Tiny Home,” we are now going to deal with the subject of Black Water.  Black Water is simply the sewer waste from your toilet.  Since most people have always had public sewer or private septics, this is new territory for most.  However, if tiny home living is your goal, then you will have to give some thought to your choice of toilet and the system installed.

Disposal of Black Water – A flushing toilet is something most of us take for granted; and if you plan to keep your tiny home stationary, your solution may be a regular toilet connected into a sewer or septic system.  But, if mobility or living off grid is your choice, then you may want to consider one of the choices below.

  1. Toilets made for RVs.  This requires a holding tank that the waste goes into and then is emptied at a disposal site or hooked into a sewer.  Some may not like this system due to the work and chemicals required to maintain them.
  2. Composting toilet.  Requiring no water or energy, they allow you to live off grid and look after the environment at the same time.  You can purchase composting toilets, or make your own.  Each time you use the toilet, you simply add fine wood shavings (pine works well) to the toilet.  This prevents odor and helps the waste to break down.  Adding coffee grinds will keep things smelling fresher, and composting worms can help break down waste faster.  You will need a compost area to dump your toilet waste, but once broken down, the compost can be used around your planting beds.
  3. Incinerating toilet. These use electric or gas (natural or propane) heat to burn waste that can then be dumped into your trash.  The electric toilet has a liner to catch waste and a pedal to release the liner into a sealed compartment where waste can be incinerated after each use.  The gas toilet has a holding tank and incinerates once full.  There may be some odor with the incinerating toilet, but the process sterilizes the compartment requiring no cleaning.
  4. Dry Toilets.  These toilets also require no water to operate, but electricity is needed to charge the motor.  Dry toilets are lightweight and moveable.  The toilet bowl is a bucket with a liner cartridge on top that the toilet seat rests on.  After each flush the motor turns the bucket so that the liner tightly wraps the waste, and a new liner releases from the cartridge.  When the liner cartridge is empty, simply remove and dispose in your trash, and install a new cartridge.

Adjusting to tiny home living may take a little time, and making sure you choose the best plumbing system will make the adjustment easier.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Plumbing in a Tiny Home

 

With the Tiny Home popularity growing, many are interested in what it takes to build a Tiny Home.  Once you figure out the size and layout, one of the remaining details is plumbing: How will you get water in and out of your Tiny Home? Below we’ve laid out a few ideas for you to consider.

Simplest, But Not the Easiest 

One choice—and the least costly—is to go with no plumbing at all.  You can still have water in your Tiny Home, but YOU will be the system to transport water in and out.  By using buckets or bottles, you can carry water into your home.  This is made easier by making sure your Tiny Home is near a water source.  If this isn’t possible, buying water in bulk may be necessary.  However, keep in mind that this requires space to store the bulk supplies.  Going this route will save you money on the initial build, but cost more in time securing and moving water to and around your Tiny Home.

Tank Water Source And Pump

This system allows you to have a water tank installed during the building of your Tiny Home.  In order for a water tank to work you must have a pump that circulates and pressurizes the water.  A downside to this is that the pump can be a bit noisy when in use, and the tank monopolizes some of your limited space.  But getting creative in finding space for your water tank can be challenging and fun.

Let’s Stay Put

If being self-contained and mobile is not an issue for you, then finding a permanent location for your Tiny Home will allow you to have a more typical water source.  You can then install regular plumbing in your Tiny Home, and connect to a public water source like an RV or regular home.

Best of Both Worlds

If you want to stay put most of the time, but are interested in some mobility, then you can install regular plumbing and a tank/pump system.  This allows you the flexibility of having regular plumbing while remaining stationary. But, if the desire to roam hits, you have a self-contained system on board.  This is the most costly and time-consuming option, but it does provide you with the most flexibility.

Entering the Tiny Home world can be exciting and overwhelming all at once, but knowing how to do it properly will allow you to be a success.  Our next post will deal with handling water as it leaves your Tiny Home.  Check back to see how to finish out your Tiny Home plumbing.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Installing A Remote Water Faucet

 

Spring is here and many are turning their thoughts to planting and gardening.  Along with that comes thoughts on keeping everything watered during the hot summer months.  Dragging around long water hoses can be a heavy and tiresome chore.  The solution may be installing a remote water faucet.  A remote faucet is a stand-along faucet a distance from your home water source.  There are a couple of ways to set up a your remote faucet.

Option 1:  Begin with replacing your single valve outdoor faucet with a 2 to 4 valve.  This allows you to connect multiple water hoses.  Connect a water hose and move to the area needed.  Tuck hose up near your foundation or cover with mulch to conceal.  Attach a cut-off valve to the end of the water hose.  If at your deck, use holding brackets to attach to one of your deck pickets.  Then connect the water hose you will use to water your garden or plants.  You can use a water hose holder or reel to keep your hose stored neatly.  If the location has no mounting post, purchase a free standing water hose holder and then attach your watering hose.

Option 2:  If a remote faucet is needed some distance from your outdoor faucet, you might want to consider having an underground water pipe run from your home to the gardening area you water.  Unless you are an advanced plumbing DIYer, you might want a professional to handle this project as it requires splicing into an existing water line, and soldering if you have copper piping in your home.  A professional will also know to check for any buried cables or pipes in the area for the underground pipe.  They will also know what depth to bury the pipe based on the freeze levels in your area.  You will still need to determine what post to use at the installation site.  PVC fence post provides a nice look and can be finished with a decorative cap.  However, you can make your own post of any material, just remember to make it hollow to hide and protect the water pipe.

Whichever choice you make, know that a remote water faucet can make your gardening chores easier.  Allowing you more time to relax and enjoy the results of all your hard work.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!