Problems With Composting Toilets

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A composting toilet has a storage tank to collect waste underneath the seat, but they also develop problems like a conventional toilet. Fix your composting toilet problems with the help of a professional contractor in this free video.

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Hello, my name is Joshua Clement with Lighty contractors. And today, we'll be discussing the problems with composting toilets. Today, we're going to be discussing composting toilets. But first, let's find out what a composting toilet is. And then, we'll discuss the advantages and disadvantages to having a composting toilet. Some of the advantages to having a composting toilet is that you don't need an active water supply to the toilet itself. Another thing is, you don't have to worry about the freezing pipes or clogs in the toilet. Some of the disadvantages to having a composting toilet are, you physically have to remove the waste from the toilet and dispose of it elsewhere. Also, it can kind of leave a funny smell around. A composting toilet is a toilet that has a storage tank underneath the seat. So, it collects all the waste, rather than being flushed away. Now, the difference between a composting toilet, and a regular household toilet is it doesn't have the pipes running through the base of the toilet. It has just a stationary box that collects the waste. The box of the toilet is usually positioned underneath the seat of the toilet. Occasionally, it's in basement, or a crawlspace. With this, it actually enters the toilet, and then flushes away through the pipes, and either into a sewer system, or a septic tank. As you can see here, we have an S shape on this regular household toilet. A composting toilet doesn't have this feature of the S shape. The S shape pipe actually helps to prevent a smell from backing into the bathroom through your toilet. It holds water right here, which creates a barrier between the smell and the room. A composting toilet usually lets off a bad odor of raw sewage into the house. The way that you can prevent the smell from backing into the house is to remove the basin that collects the raw sewage, thoroughly clean it out, and put lime in it. The lime will eat the bacteria that causes the bad smell. I'm Josh with Lighty contractors, and those are some problems with composting toilets.

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