You need some form of plumbing in your tiny house. While different people might tell you to either be on or off the grid, the truth is being able to do both is best. That means if you’re somewhere water and sewer are available, you can take advantage of those conveniences. Later, if your home is in a location without those options, you’re able to seamlessly adapt.
On the Grid
To get water into your house, you need a spigot on the exterior. For some people, this brings up the negative association of drinking from a garden hose. Truth be told, your water will taste funny if you use the same kind of hose people buy to water plants. Instead, stick with a white RV hose, which should eliminate the taste.
Yes, you connect this hose to hook-ups in an RV park or similar setups. It’s so simple, anyone can make the connection in minutes.
It’s not a bad idea to install a filter either at the kitchen sink or in the main water supply line. You might do this with a regular house’s plumbing to ensure the best taste possible. This measure will also eliminate debris that might clog the aerators on different fixtures.
Just like with an RV, you need a removable sewer connection. This allows you to tap into the city sewer system or a septic tank, depending on which is available.
Off the Grid
While you certainly can set up your tiny house’s plumbing for off-the-grid operation, keep in mind it might cost a significant amount up front.
First off, you must have a water source. Many new tiny house owners plan on using rainwater, which isn’t a bad idea, per se. The problem is that usually, you can’t collect enough precipitation to cover all your needs unless you have a super large auxiliary rainwater collection system. Even with a little rainwater collected, you’re able to cut down on water costs, possibly making your efforts pay off soon.
That means you need to get water to your house through other means. Sometimes a well or spring is accessible where you’re living. Otherwise, you must haul water to your house, and have a safe, reliable way to store it.
Then there’s the question of off-grid sewage collection. You can choose a composting toilet, which you must empty regularly and refill with sawdust, etc. An alternative is a container toilet, which uses fresh water to flush, and holding tank you must empty at a dump station, or through a toilet at a regular structure.
Wastewater from sinks can drain into a flower bed, so you easily maintain landscaping. The other option is to hook those drainpipes to a portable collection tank, which you then empty at a station or regular structure. You just use the same removable drain hose you’d connect to the sewer system when living on the grid, which makes for excellent convenience.
You can plumb your tiny home to work both on and off the grid, making it flexible. If you’re not comfortable with taking on that kind of project yourself, a professional can tackle the job with ease, so you get a setup that works.
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