Apart from what a Government would normally do during a pandemic which is to ensure the safety of its general populace, the onus would also lie on you to find effective ways of protecting yourself and your family including your properties.
We have seen the efforts made by the World Health Organization (W.H.O) in terms of the safety protocols to follow during the COVID 19 outbreak.
Its also on me as your go-to guy when it comes to biodegradable waste digesters to show you what to do to protect your bio digester and your investment at this trying times.
Even though things are getting back to normal, medical experts are not clear as to when it will be totally over and this means the need for doing things differently.
Regardless, Its clear we are not in normal times; businesses are being shut down, workers being asked to work from home and the general lockdown means you will have to do a lot of things your self.
Should you have a problem with your waste system you will not get a professional to come fix the fault.
Luckily we have come up with a few things you can do protect your bio digester during this particular lockdown.
Here are the four things you can do to protect your bio digester toilet during a pandemic:
1. Do not flush your water closet flushed unit unnecessary.
The first thing you must do is not to flush the toilet units unnecessarily.
Apart from saving water during the hard times, too much water in the digester which is not able to drain well will render the digester ineffective and thereby requiring early servicing.
Also remember because most bio digesters use soak hole pits, too much water means that solid waste don’t get the chance to be biodegraded properly and on time.
Even though its safe to flush tissue paper in the newly designed bio digesters don’t use your toilet bowl as a universal garbage disposal bin.
Don’t flush anything else other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet.
When shopping for toiletries, pick a toilet tissue paper that has been proven to break up and dissolve easily when wet. This way, it won’t cause any trouble when it’s already in your digester.
Also teaching your children how to use your facility correctly will help you not only safe money but also protect your investment.
2. Secure Your Bio Digester
The second (third) most important thing you must do to protect your bio digester in a pandemic is very simple…. secure it.
What do we mean by this?
Whenever you install a bio digester, the onus lies on you to protect your investment.
The truth is its not every minor signs that you see around your bio digester that you have to call the installer to complain.
This means doing things that generally makes your digester last longer.
You can fill around your digester to bring it up to the desired level to ensure that soak holes dug for your digester work well.
You can then design and tile your digester to fit the general landscape of your compound.
3. Keep trees away from the bio digester.
In landscaping and general design of your compound, beware of trees which have roots that grow and extend aggressively thereby destroying digester beds or rendering soak hole pits ineffective.
Trees and any other plants that have roots that extend should be kept far from the digester to avoid any damage.
You can plant grass instead in the drain field or soak hole area to prevent and minimize the instances of soil erosion.
Also before a digester is constructed insist its not done in a drive way unless reinforced concretes are used.
Its not only trees that must be kept away from bio digesters but cars and anything that can damage it especially the top slabs.
Sometimes some clients prefer their digesters done in the drive way for cars to drive on it.
We generally advise against that considering the fact that you don’t need a big land space to construct a bio digester.
4. Divert rainwater and other waste waster away from the drain field or soak hole area
When the drain field or soak away designed for the digester is soggy it would have challenges in absorbing the filtered waste water.
To prevent this, landscaping and foundation drains should be planned and executed accurately.
Consult a professional regarding this matter.
5. Do perform regular maintenance.
Make sure your biofil digester waste toilet is maintained every three to five years by a professional.
Remember the frequency of having your maintenance done varies with each household and their lifestyle; the amount of users and the the type of facility is it.
Its best to consult a professional again to know how often you should have maintenance done.
Which of these recommendations are you doing right now?
Let me know in the comment section below.