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Despite all the advantages in having a bio bio digester constructed for the management of your toilet waste water in your home, there are  a lot of misconceptions and lack of an understanding of how the technology actually works.

This has lead to either peoples’ investment going down the drain (literally) or simply lack of faith in the technology resulting in bad reviews.

Biofil biodegradable waste digesters in the nutshell simply turns solid waste into organic manure for a safe disposal into the environment.

They have been designed and developed as part of process of treating both human waste water and sewage sludge with the process often referred to as anaerobic digestion where naturally composting micro organisms are introduced to help treats all organic bio degradable materials through the natural process of anaerobic decomposition. 

I have heard of stories of home owners who have installed a biofil bio digesters and after only some months had wished they have not gone ahead but rather stuck to what actually works which in their estimation is the septic tank or the culverts system. 

Their simple reason?

They are encountering some challenges and are completely given up on these eco friendly biodegradable toilet waste digesters as an ineffective.

So if you intend on constructing a biodegradable waste bio digester as an alternative method of toilet waste water treatment system, here are some common bio digester toilet problems you might later encounter and how to solve them or simply avoid them. 

Here are the three most common issues that affects bio digesters and how to solve them;

Problem 1: Excess Water In The Bio Digester

Because bio digester waste management systems biodegrade 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 safely. If that happens it becomes difficult to flush the water closet unit since there’s excess water in the pipe way and the possibility of the waste water returning to the digester tank is high. 

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:

a. Minimize the amount of water going into your bio digester. Its best to flush only when it’s necessary.

You must also not flush non bio degradable materials which eventually choke the pipes. Using low flow or dual flush toilets systems which gives you two different buttons will also minimize water going into the system.

Also its important that before you install a digester. 

You have the do a soil test to determine the level of the water table. 

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 raised 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 instead. 

Wrap them in toilet paper and throw them out in a disposable bin instead of flushing them down the toilet. Both items can easily clog up the toilet.

Because toilets are sensitive appliances with plumbing that’s created to flush just a few specific items. It is important to only flush human bodily waste and toilet tissue and 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, to much detergents which usually have phosphates that encourages algae growth 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 the bio digester 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.

If you’re interested in learning how to construct a bio digester you can sign up for our bio digester training course here

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