June 12, 2018

Tiny houses are trending these days. People love the idea of downsizing, having more money to travel and just simplifying life. Many people opt to build their own tiny house and it is often a fun project. But, one part of building a tiny house that many people worry about is the plumbing. This is one big area where a tiny home is very different from a standard home. Normal houses have permanent access to water, whereas a tiny home is often built to be mobile – and there is no guarantee that you’ll always be near a water source that you can hook up to.

Getting Water To Your Tiny Home

One option for your tiny home is to have a tank and pump system. This is a practical option that will allow you the functionality of a normal home, but will also give you the freedom to live off-grid. This system involves putting a tank in your tiny home and using a pump to pressurize and circulate the water.

Tanks can take up a fair amount of space in your tiny home, so it is important to really think about what size of tank you may need. A bigger tank means you can go longer between fill ups, but it will take up more room and add weight to your home.

If you don’t plan to ever live off-grid, a hookup system may be another option. With this system, you can simply hook your tiny house up to a regular water supply, like the ones commonly found at campsites.

Hookup water source systems involve installing plumbing that can accept water through an RV hose. If you decide to use this system, your tiny home plumbing will function like any other RV.

Getting Water Out of Your Tiny Home

So now that we’ve covered options for getting water to your tiny home, what about getting water, or waste water, out of your home?

If you plan to live on the grid, the simplest solution is to hook up to an existing system. This can be a septic tank (more often in rural areas) or the public sewer system. With this option, you will need install a drainage system like the ones in normal homes.

Another option for getting waste water out of your tiny home is to collect it and dispose of it at dump stations. You could use a waste water holding tank – similar to the system a lot of RVs use. This isn’t the most pleasant or convenient option, but if you are planning to live off-grid you don’t have much of a choice.

To learn more about plumbing for your tiny home, or your normal-size home, contact the experts at Eastern Plumbing in Greenville and New Bern. We have knowledge of all plumbing systems and can help you with all of your plumbing needs.

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