Despite all the advantages in having a bio digester, there are lot of misconceptions and lack of an understanding of how the technology really works.
I have heard some stories about digesters install that the home owner wished they have stuck to what actual works which in their estimation is the septic tank or the culverts.
The simple reason?
They are encountering some challenges and have completely given up on these eco friendly biodegradable toilet waste digesters as ineffective.
So in this write up I’m going to show you the most common bio digester toilet problems and how to solve them or simply avoid them.
Problem 1: Excess water in the bio digester
Because bio digester waste management systems biodegrade human waste materials for easy disposal, excess water means that solid waste don’t get the chance to be separated for microorganism to break them down effectively.
Another problem is usually if that happens it becomes difficult to flush the water closet flush unit since there’s excess water in the pipe way.
Two things can lead to this. Actually, three things can lead to this.
a. Excessive flushing
b. non-biodegradable materials clogging the digester.
c. And constructing a digester in a waterlogged area.
To solve this problem;
Minimise the amount of water going into your bio digester flushing only when it’s necessary and not flushing non bio degradable materials which eventually choke the pipes. Low flow or dual flush toilets will also minimise water going into the system.
Also its important that before you install a digester.
You have the soil test to determine the level of the water table (how high the water table is)
If its a waterlogged area then the plumber must as a necessity use a P-TRAP seat or the footing of the building must be up enough to allow for the digester to be up so that it doesn’t get filled up too quickly.
Problem 2: Flushing non-biodegradable items
Non-biodegradable products in the bio digester fill up space and will never break down naturally.
They also create problems for the micro organisms that are supposed to break down human waste.
This includes items like pampers, diapers, paper towels and even cigarette butts.
Even so-called ‘flushable’ products don’t break down as they should sometimes.
When you use a baby wipe to clean up your little one and change their diaper, be sure to wrap up and dispose of both items in a trash can.
Wrap them in toilet paper and throw them out instead of flushing them down the toilet. Both items can clog the toilet rather easily.
Because toilets are sensitive appliances with plumbing that’s created to flush just a few specific items. It is important to only flush bodily waste and toilet tissue—nothing else.
Simply put….keep all non-biodegradable products out of the digester.
Problem 3: Using too much detergent
As much as this is not a problem with the newly designed by digesters, too much detergents use which usually have phosphates act as fertiliser encouraging algae growth that can block the perforations in your distribution pipes. Overuse of these products, and more importantly, the wrong products, will be a problem for your pipes and bio digester holding tank.
Use liquid or gel soap in or any non harsh detergents in washing your toilet bowls. Moreover harsh products will kill off the bacteria in your tank that are necessary to break down waste in the bio digester.
There are certain commercial products that claim to clear clogged pipes but often contain toxic or hazardous chemicals that are bad for the environment.
Follow the above listed rules and your bio digester will last you as long as the building is in use.
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