Did you know that you can install a toilet in your home that uses no water at all? Considering that the water you use to flush your toilet is waste, in more ways than one, you could benefit yourself and others by adopting these toilets. Composting toilets are already widely used in recreational vehicles and remote areas.

Also known as dry toilets, waterless toilets, or biological toilets, these appliances transform waste into a dry, odor and bacteria free substance that may be used in other ways:

How Do Composting Toilets Work?

If you have ever used a composting bin in your yard, composting toilets use the same principals of aerobic bacteria to work to break down the waste.

To break down waste, the toilet requires moisture, oxygen and heat. Moisture comes from the waste itself, the oxygen is generated by motion within the unit and the heat can be provide via solar energy or a electric heater. Some types of composting toilets move the waste product to another area, such as your basement, by vacuum, and some have an attached compartment for the waste.

Time is needed for the proper breakdown of the waste, sometimes several months. Most composting systems employ motion devices, such as stirrers or shakers, to speed up the process. Add-ins like sawdust are sometimes used to keep the aerobic process active.

Are They Safe?

If property maintained using moisture, oxygen and heat, a composting toilet is safe and odor free. Waste only needs to come into contact with oxygen to become pathogen-free, which can never happen in a toilet that uses water to flush. The dry and odorless product left over, which will need to be emptied out at some point, can be disposed of safely in your household trash. You may be able to use the product on non-edible garden areas of your yard if permitted in your municipality.

You will find that a composting toilet looks very similar to a regular toilet from the outside. There are self-contained units for low-use areas (such as a vacation home, or for a single person) that can be installed by your plumber. Larger systems with a separate holding area are usually recommended for bigger families. Your plumber will be able to discuss composting toilets with you and help you to decide if it's the right choice for your circumstances.

If you want to know more, contact a company like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling with any questions you have.