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Tiny House Plumbing Basics

Tiny Houses are taking the real estate world by storm. Shows like Tiny House Hunters on HGTV highlight the small spaces, which normally don’t exceed 120 square feet. They make great options for those who looking to live simply with basic necessities, or those who like to move from time to time. These homes are no shacks, however – they still feature all of the comforts of a home, such as water and power. The way these needs are taken care of are different than with dealing with a full-size home, so knowing how Tiny House Plumbing works and what options you have is important if you are considering moving into one yourself.

Two Choices For Tiny House Plumbing

Knowing what plumbing options are right for you comes down to the type of lifestyle you want to lead in your tiny homes. For those wanting to live on-grid, plumbing is relatively the same as with any normal sized home. Off-grid living can be a little different, although it is not as complicated as you might think.

On-Grid Plumbing

For those living on the grid, meaning on a property that has access to municipal water supply, or near a campground, an RV white hose would be used to provide water. This is easily hooked up and allows for the water to be pumped in from outside sources, meaning that a water pump or heater may not even be necessary to have inside the tiny home itself.

Off Grid Plumbing

Off-grid plumbing is relatively simple – it only requires a little more work on the homeowner’s part. A freshwater tank can be purchased and hooked up to the installed water tank inside the home very easily. Usually, there is a water pump and heater to maintain pressure and comfort. The only thing these tanks require is to be filled up, which means either collecting it from an outside source, like rainwater, or finding a hose or other source.

How The Plumbing Systems Work

Even though tiny houses are small, they still require plumbing to make them livable spaces. When it comes to bathrooms and kitchens, there are several aspects that need to be taken into consideration when deciding what is best for your living situation. Here are the main areas of concern to look at when it comes to tiny house plumbing.

Toilets

Since most tiny houses are built on trailers, most of them fall into the category of an RV or recreational vehicle. RV toilets, then, are a valid option for those living in the small spaces.

  1. These feature holding tanks, which means that they do have to be connected to a sewage system. They do flush and generate wastewater, so they make a better choice for those who have access to a city sewage system where it can be hooked up more permanently.
  2. Another option is an active composting toilet, which is installed and uses a rotating drum to turn waste and toilet paper into compost. This is the more environmentally friendly option for those who may move their tiny home more frequently.
Showers, Baths, and Sinks

Another essential component of any tiny home is the place where you get washed up – the shower. We talked about how water and other waste are pumped out with the toilet systems, but how does water get brought into tiny houses to use for personal hygiene?

  1. A common option is to buy a freshwater tank, which is then hooked up to the water valve and pipes that plumbers have installed in the house. This tank does have to be filled pretty regularly, but can be done so by a hose or from collected rainwater.
  2. Another option is simply to connect a drinking hose to the installed faucet, which eliminates the need for a tank. Again, this is more of an option for those on-grid, near those facilities.

Whichever route you choose, having a water pump and water heater installed is important for maintaining pressure and keeping your showers hot.

Turn To Deer Valley Plumbing For Your Tiny Home Needs

There are definitely a lot of things to keep in mind when it comes to owning a tiny house, and plumbing is one of the most important. Just like any normal sized home, Deer Valley Plumbing is happy to help with your entire tiny house plumbing needs. From your bathrooms to the kitchen sink, in a house big or small, we have experts that are always willing to answer questions and lend a helping hand. Contact us today to help you with the process so that you can have more time to enjoy your home stress-free.

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