Why Use A Outhouse Instead Of Septic Tank? (Question)


  • Hooking the outhouse to a septic or holding tank is not feasible. Without flushing water, the solids will not carry down the line to the septic tank. Merely pouring water into the drain will usually not have the volume or velocity to adequately move the solids.

What goes into an outhouse to break down waste?

A type of lime called calcium hydroxide, available at feed stores, can be dropped down the hole to reduce odor. But lime might halt decomposition. Ash from a wood-burning stove is better for decomposition, but less effective on odors.

Is a sewage treatment plant better than a septic tank?

If you’re after a new system sewage treatment plants cost more to install, produce cleaner effluent and need an electrical connection, but require less emptying. Septic tanks initially cost less, but need more space, more regular emptying and can’t discharge into a watercourse.

What is the alternative to a septic tank?

Mound systems work well as alternatives to septic tanks when the soil around your home or building is too dense or too shallow or when the water table is too high. Although they are more expensive and require more maintenance than conventional systems, mound systems are a common alternative.

Is a outhouse legal?

Composting toilets and pit privies are legal, but regulated if they are near a public sewer. Composting toilets, outhouses, and other off-grid toilets are legal but highly regulated. Composing toilets, pit privies, and other off-grid toilets are legal and require permits.

Where does the poop go in an outhouse?

Pit latrines An outhouse often provides the shelter for a pit latrine, which collects human feces in a hole in the ground.

What do you do when an outhouse is full?

When the hole fills up, the owner scoops out the waste and hauls it away or uses it to make fertilizer. After the hole is scooped out, it can be used again. (Outhouse waste must be composted before it can safely be used as fertilizer.) The problem with traditional outhouses is that they can contaminate ground water.

Do I have to replace my septic tank by 2020?

Under the new rules, if you have a specific septic tank that discharges to surface water (river, stream, ditch, etc.) you are required to upgrade or replace your septic tank treatment system to a full sewage treatment plant by 2020, or when you sell a property, if it’s prior to this date.

Can you have a septic tank without a leach field?

The waste from most septic tanks flows to a soakaway system or a drainage field. If your septic tank doesn’t have a drainage field or soakaway system, the waste water will instead flow through a sealed pipe and empty straight into a ditch or a local water course.

What is the difference between septic tank and sewer?

The main difference between a septic system and a sewer system is, a septic system treats your wastewater on site. Usually, it’s placed underground on the land your house is built on. Sewer systems take the wastewater away from your home and route it underground to a treatment plant typically operated by the city.

What is the cheapest septic system to put in?

Conventional septic system These conventional septic systems are usually the most affordable, with an average cost of around $3,000.

What is the average life of a septic system?

Age of the System It’s pretty common for a septic system to last 40 years or longer, which means if you buy a new home, you might never need to replace it. However, you might have an older home whose septic system has been in place for nearly half a century.

What is the lifespan of a concrete septic tank?

Inspectapedia estimates that a steel tank baffles will rust out in 15 to 20 years and may collapse if driven over, but a concrete tank will last 40 years or more as long as the wastewater is not acidic. It’s important to consider the life expectancy of a drain-field, too.

Why did outhouses have two holes?

To avoid the odor reaching the home, most outhouses were built between 50 and 150 feet from the main house, often facing away from the house. They had either one or two chamber holes inside — one for the adults and a smaller one for the children.

Is it legal to live off-grid?

Off-grid living itself is not illegal, especially when it comes to producing your own power, growing your own food, or building your own home. However, the problem with an off-grid lifestyle arises when local ordinances and zoning restrictions make it illegal to do certain tithings on or with your own property.

Using the septic tank for outhouse

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SylvanMember Posted: 11 Aug 2020 10:52ReplyDoes anyone know if you can put an outhouse over the manhole cover of a septic tank. We will have a traditional septic and drain field. We do not have a structure yet, or a well. Our excavator says we can put a small toilet right over the tank for now and make “direct deposits”. We do not live there full time. My question.won’t it just sit there in the concrete tank? Will there be odor issues? We could try venting but I think that only works if the outhouse is getting at least some sun to encourage the air flow. (Our septic will be in the shade) I know we can just dig an outhouse, which we may end up doing but just wondering about the above scenario. Thanks.
hueyjazzMember Posted: 11 Aug 2020 11:41ReplyYou need flow of water to make it work the way it should.I think you would just be filling up a tank you would need to get pumped out when you do want it to work right.
jhpMember Posted: 11 Aug 2020 13:48ReplyThe whole tank is supposed to be watertight, keeping contents in and rainwater out.Your outhouse idea would let a ton of rainwater in and probably overwhelm the drainfield in a big storm.Also I don’t think you could ever get enough venting to vent a chamber that big fast enough.I am guessing your excavator meant just direct connect the toilet to the inlet pipe and fill and flush that toilet manually if you don’t have a water line there.That would work the same as if it was in the house, the water in the trap in the toilet keeps gases out.
BrettnyMember Posted: 11 Aug 2020 16:46ReplyThe septic tank is where you want solids to stay.Since I assume your going to put liquids in there too you will basically have a holding tank.Just like a porta potty.You will have to get it pumped more often than with a leachfield but it will work fine.
ICCMember Posted: 11 Aug 2020 17:30 – Edited by: ICCReplyQuoting: Sylvan. We will have a traditional septic and drain field. We do not have a structure yet, or a well. Our excavator says we can put a small toilet right over the tank for now and make “direct deposits”.It sounfs to me that a toilet connected to the septic is what your septic excavator recommended. That will need some water for flushing. Otherwise a typical outhouse onthe hatch will result ina pyramid of excrement building up. I don’t see a problem with a toilet as eventually treated water will exit bythe pipes and leach field. But that does need water along with the excrement.An outhouse will not supply the liquids, unless as mentioned rain gets in and you do NOT want that.I think you need to haul in water in sugficient quantity to allow flushing or use porta potties. Maybe it is time to get the well drilled? That is often done before building and IMO is a good idea. Septic first, well second,along with electric grid connection if any. Then build the cabin.I assume the road or driveway is in already as that is needed for equipment access and supplies. That should be wide enoughand done well enough for delivery trucks, propane and septic pumping as well asemergency vehicles and have a turnaround. Zoning often has minimums.
jhpMember Posted: 11 Aug 2020 17:45ReplySomething you could do if you don’t have a well yet is capture rainwater off the roof of the outhouse.Just checked a calculator and a 4×8 roof will net about 20 gallons in a 1 inch rainfall.So if you built a nice oversized outhouse, say 6×8 and captured rain off of both sides of the roof you’d be able to fill a rain barrel with pretty much any good rainstorm.Figure you can hold maybe 45 gallons of water in a 55 gallon barrel (you lose a few gallons at the top and bottom of the barrel for inlet and outlet), 1.6 gallons per flush that’s about 28 flushes per storm.If you mount the rain barrel above the toilet height-wise, you just have to open a valve to refill it, though it will take a bit of time.If you want to get really fancy, grab a small solar panel and charge controller, a small AGM battery, and small 12v water pump and make the whole process super simple.Probably cost around $200 for the whole kit, except the building and gutters.
old243Member Posted: 11 Aug 2020 21:08ReplyI think an out house over a septic tank would work well. It really is no different than a pit except larger. You should fill the tank with water, as well. At our place if you left a septic tank empty, it would float out of the ground much like a boat I think your contactor gave you good advice. We have a high water table, old 243
ShadyacresMember Posted: 11 Aug 2020 21:37ReplyI have a 1000 gallon concrete tank at the cabin i just bought beside us. I was thinking of maybe building an outhouse and use that. It would have to be pumped out though. I don’t know how long it would take to fill up. We also have a well and power at that location. Only about 400 feet from our cabin. I didn’t want anyone else to buy it and be so close.
SylvanMember Posted: 14 Aug 2020 17:34ReplyThanks everyone. Appreciate all the input. I’ll keep you posted how it turns out. I am leaning towards putting the covered outhouse over the hole so no rain getting in. Setting up a rain barrel as jhp suggested and using that to keep water in the tank. Still not sure about odor. Guess I’ll just have to see.
toyota_mdt_techMember Posted: 14 Aug 2020 19:07ReplyIt needs to enter the septic tank via the inlet, not the manhole cover. Septic systems develops a crust at the top and sludge at the bottom, the incoming goes between these. Using the manhole cover would not let this happen. Also, no air entering tank. With open manhole, it would.Can you hook up a holding tank into outhouse, and after its filled up, dump it via a pipe hooked to inlet with a gate valve etc like an RV?
AklogcabinMember Posted: 15 Aug 2020 09:30ReplyI like this. Good ol figure it out. Using what you have. The government doesn’t have the perfect answer. I think jhp had a great idea. Maybe missing something. But if you had a vent pipe coming from the other manhole. Like a regular cleanout. But extended above the outhouse for odor. If there is water in the pee trap it will stop odors. It is an outhouse. And old 243 always has good ideas (thanks).
ratfink56Member Posted: 17 Aug 2020 19:37ReplyI did this for a bit years back. It can be splashy.
NorthRickMember Posted: 18 Aug 2020 18:08 – Edited by: NorthRickReplyQuoting: jhpSomething you could do if you don’t have a well yet is capture rainwater off the roof of the outhouse. Just checked a calculator and a 4×8 roof will net about 20 gallons in a 1 inch rainfall.So if you built a nice oversized outhouse, say 6×8 and captured rain off of both sides of the roof you’d be able to fill a rain barrel with pretty much any good rainstorm.Figure you can hold maybe 45 gallons of water in a 55 gallon barrel (you lose a few gallons at the top and bottom of the barrel for inlet and outlet), 1.6 gallons per flush that’s about 28 flushes per storm.If you mount the rain barrel above the toilet height-wise, you just have to open a valve to refill it, though it will take a bit of time.If you want to get really fancy, grab a small solar panel and charge controller, a small AGM battery, and small 12v water pump and make the whole process super simple. Probably cost around $200 for the whole kit, except the building and gutters.While I think all that would work, building a regular outhouse would be easier especially if you have your excavator dig the hole while he is on-site.You didn’t mention how long you expect to use this setup.
ryan99Member Posted: 29 Apr 2021 14:09ReplyHi all, thanks for great info. Any follow up from this Sylvan?Did you get something done? I am looking to do something similar but with an rv toilet.I am going to build a small camp washroom with rainwater collection to run the rv flush toilet and a shower.I am planning on running the toilet into the inlet of a yet to be determined septic tank and the shower and sink into a couple of infiltrator sections.I know that the rv toilets are intended to be right above a holding tank but I have read that you can do a pipe run of up to 15 feet with them. I will make sure to install a clean out but it seems it should work well and not fill up the tank too fast.Has anyone done that?
darz5150Member Posted: 29 Apr 2021 16:03 – Edited by: darz5150ReplyYep. We use a thetford rv toilet, into standard pvc pipe. Uses very little water. We do not flush any tp.
gsreimersMember Posted: 29 Apr 2021 18:46ReplyWe have a 1000 gallon septic tank and drain field.What you are contemplating is exactly what we did for 5 years until the cabin had indoor plumbing.Pumped quite a bit of water in it 2 or 3 times a season.We now have indoor plumbing.The tank has been in for 7 years and there is no sediment and no real scum layer.It seems to do it’s job and digest everything just fine.
gcrank1Member Posted: 29 Apr 2021 23:00ReplyIve had my own old, and healthy/ie, it works fine, septic system at home for 35ish years. Granted it is mostly just the two of us. Imo the full of water tank proper wont care if the stuff comes in the side inlet or the top, the scum layer will ooze right over ‘a drop’, the bacteria will work and the sediment will sink. The ‘overflow’ of grey water will go out the outlet to the drain field. You may want to dump in a 5 gal. pail of rain-barrel water after every weekend. You could set up a T fitting on the inlet pipe to use as a riser to the toilet rather than setting it on the inspection port, then the piping would feed the tank as intended and later, when you do ‘proper plumbing’ you could just cap that T off.
ryan99Member Posted: 30 Apr 2021 02:15ReplyThanks all,darz5150, Are you just using your tank as holding or do you have a drain field?How often do you have to pump it out?Are you using the rv toilet in your cabin or an outhouse?I plan on keeping the extra outhouse washroom with rv toilet once the cabin is done.Hopefully that way the kids won’t track so much into our new 16×24.It should be great for any camp visitors we get too!I am wondering though if the rv toilet is easier to winterize as well.Does anyone use one in their cabin?Cheers
BrettnyMember Posted: 30 Apr 2021 06:06ReplyIf you ever plan on having the tank pumped you cant use it like an outhouse.It will need water to keep from being a shit brick when it’s time to pump it out.My brother bough a RV in AZ that they left the black tank with stuff in it.He had to put ice in it and drive around rough roads to break up the brick.
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Should You Get a Septic Tank for the Cabin?

When I built the cottage in the woods where my wife, daughter, and I currently reside, I realized that putting together a comprehensive waste treatment system would be a major undertaking. In contrast to urban living, where sewage is sent to a centralized treatment plant, rural life nearly often entails finding out how to deal with garbage on your own. Septic systems come into play in this situation. Almost all rural properties with indoor plumbing are equipped with a septic system of some kind.

Here’s all you need to know about the situation.

Types of Septic Systems

Almost all modern septic systems incorporate an aseptic tank—a big plastic, concrete, or fiberglass container that is buried some distance away from the house or lodge. The tank is connected to the home’s drainage system through a big subterranean conduit. An uncomplicated septic system is one in which waste water and sediments are sent down the pipe into the tank, where they are partially decomposed by bacteria. When the partially treated liquid reaches a specific level, it flows out the other end and is disseminated into the soil, which is often accomplished by a network of perforated subterranean pipelines.

Drainage fields, field beds, and drainfields are all terms used to describe the combination of pipes and soil.

It is for this reason that vacuum truck pump outs are required every couple of years or so.

Holding Tank System

When using a holding tank method, the waste is kept in the septic tank until it is completely depleted. After that, a vacuum truck is required to remove the waste. Compared to traditional systems, holding tank systems are significantly easier and less expensive to set up and maintain. However, you will have to pay to have them cleaned out on a regular basis, which should be incorporated into your expense estimates.

Mound Septic System

Upon visiting our forested property with my wife and hiring an aseptic contractor to implement our system, he informed us that we would have to go with a mound system. He indicated that the bedrock was too close to the surface for a typical drainage system, and that a deeper soil drainage system was required. This system is identical to a normal septic design, except that the tanks and field bed are covered in soil that is trucked in and piled into a “mound” to protect them from the elements.

Benefits To a Cabin Septic Tank System

  • Septic systems that are properly constructed and maintained allow you to live a pleasant and completely contemporary lifestyle no matter how far away you are from the nearest municipal sewage treatment facility. Regular maintenance, such as pumping out the system with a vacuum truck every couple of years, can extend the life expectancy of conventional and mound septic systems to 40 or 50 years. Holding tank systems have the potential to endure a lifetime. Septic systems that are properly maintained are ecologically favorable, as they consume no power and emit no pollutants. There is no monthly sewage bill.

Drawbacks To a Cabin Septic Tank System

  • Installation is both expensive and time-consuming. Regular vacuum truck pump outs are required for conventional and mound systems every couple of years, and often every few months for holding tank configurations. The greater the amount of waste water and solids produced, the greater the stress imposed on the system. Even the most carefully constructed and maintained septic systems may eventually fail and may require complete replacement.

Installing a Septic Tank System

A professional septic system installation will design and build your system if you don’t have access to heavy equipment such as an excavator and loader tractor, as well as a great deal of knowledge and ability. It will not be inexpensive, either. Depending on the type of system and how much earth must be moved, most septic contractors I know charge between $9,000 and $15,000 or more for a full system installation, depending on the location. It is theoretically feasible to install the septic tank portion of the system on your own, provided that you have the heavy equipment necessary to dig the hole and hoist the tank into position.

However, it is not something I would encourage. It’s an extremely exact process, and any mistakes will be quite costly.

Alternatives To a Septic Tank System

It is not necessary to install a full-fledged septic system if the only waste water that leaves your home comes from showers and sinks. A gray water pit is a hole in the ground filled with gravel or mulch that is used to collect wastewater that does not contain toilet pollutants. Based on the environmental restrictions in your location, that will most likely be sufficient. Furthermore, a goodcomposting toiletallows for a comfortable bathroom experience without the hassle of a septic system installation.

Outhouse and Gray Water Pit

Photograph courtesy of Christoph Hetzmannseder/Getty Images If you want to keep your cabin as rustic as possible, a well-built outhouse is a terrific method to do your business with the least amount of fuss. Use a gray water pit for everything else, just as you did with the composting toilet.

Words of Caution

A significant possibility that trees will be in the area where you’re putting a septic tank and field bed for your cabin is that you’ll be able to see them. Make certain that all trees in close proximity to your septic system are removed. Aside from that, there is a good potential that they will shoot roots into your pipes in order to take the nutrients in your waste water. Tree roots can cause your septic system to fail at an inconvenient and expensive moment in your home’s history.

Too Much Toilet Paper

Even the most meticulously constructed septic systems cannot withstand the excessive use of toilet paper that may be tolerated if your property is connected to the city’s sewage system. Using excessively lengthy strips of toilet paper in your cabin if you have a septic system is not recommended. According to my observations, any unbroken strips longer than four squares can become entangled in the tank intake, where they can accumulate over time and finally produce a blockage. Believe me when I tell that settling such a problem is not a pleasant experience.

What Is An Outhouse? 8 Things (2022) You Should Know

The outhouse, how I love thee. It has been decided that contemporary plumbing will take the place of an innovation that was previously considered essential to everyday living. Outhouses, on the other hand, are still used in rural regions where plumbing is not accessible, even if they are not recommended. If you’re looking at a property that requires an outhouse or if you want to live off-grid, there are a few things you should be aware of before making a decision on whether to purchase it. The following are the most important things you should know regarding outhouses.

1. What is an outhouse?

An outhouse is a tiny building that serves as a toilet for a group of people. It is usually located at a different location from the main structure. It is most typical for the toilet inside the outhouse to be a pit latrine, a bucket toilet, or a dry toilet (one that does not flush). Often, the term “outhouse” refers to the toilet itself, rather than the structure that houses the toilet; nonetheless, the toilets that are used inside do differ from one another.

2. What types of toilets are used in an outhouse?

The following are the many sorts of toilets you could come across. Pit latrines are a form of toilet in which human excrement is collected in a pit in the ground and disposed of. bucket toilet: A bucket toilet is made out of a seat and a movable receptacle such as a bucket or pail that may be deposited into composting heaps in the garden or collected by contractors for large-scale disposal. Drums and barrels are used for a variety of purposes. In national parks, this is a common technique of getting about.

This is frequently done in order to adhere to the “pack it in, pack it out” concept. Composting toilets are a relatively new concept. This sort of toilet is discussed in detail in7.

3. The symbols on the outhouses have meaning

Have you ever noticed that the outhouse doors of American outhouses are carved out with moons and stars, much like the ones in Europe? These are used for two different purposes. One is for illumination purposes. However, even when it’s pitch black outside, the cutout enables moonlight to penetrate through it and into the outhouse. They also distinguish between outhouses for men and outhouses for women. Female outhouses are symbolized by a crescent moon, whilst male outhouses are represented by a star in this illustration.

This would indicate that it had a moon taken out, which is most likely the case.

4. Two and three-story outhouses do exist

Yes, there are outhouses that are two stories high. A skyscraper is a type of building that some people call “skyscrapers,” and there is even one in Gays, Illinois, that you can go and see for yourself. If you’re a little unsure about how this will work, please let us know and we’ll try our best to clarify. The outhouse below would be located further back on the ground floor than the floor above. Waste would be sent down a shaft below the first floor’s wall and into the basement. This made it possible for sewage to flow without interruption.

5. You may come across two-seater outhouses

In addition, there are two-seater outhouses that are available for a variety of various purposes. Most of the time, the two separate chairs are for two different-sized behinds (adults and children). This is especially crucial for youngsters since the last thing you’d want to do is risk slipping in a hole that’s too big for you because you were careless in your selection. Two-seater outhouses are also occasionally handy for garbage distribution because of their small size.

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6. Different states have different laws

The convenience of an outhouse is typically a desirable feature for persons who acquire property or live on land in a rural setting. When there is no municipal sewer connection available, you will have to come up with a different option for a toilet. Outhouses are typically perceived as a simple option because they have been in use for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, states no longer make things as simple as they once did. If you’re considering installing an outhouse, the first place to examine is the zoning regulations in your county.

It is possible that certain counties or states may allow you to install the outhouse, but they will demand you to add an asepticor tank with a similar-lining to retain waste in order to prevent contamination.

As a result, if you want to avoid digging up your septic tank, you might consider installing a composting toilet. In the next section, we’ll go through the distinctions between composting toilets and outhouses in further detail.

7. Understand the differences between composting toilets and outhouses

It is based on the premise that human waste may be composted, which implies that a product can decompose in minute pieces into carbon dioxide and water, as well as inorganic chemicals and biomass, in around 90 days. With the help of nature’s decomposition process, a composting toilet may cut waste by 90 percent while also converting it into nutrient-dense compost. Composting toilets are particularly advantageous for rural and off-grid living since they do not necessitate the installation of water lines.

All of the material you remove after decomposition has been transformed into a nutrient-rich compost (not waste!).

8. Check the regulations in your area

While the information provided below is simply a brief overview of each state’s rules, it will provide you with a decent indication of what may be achievable. Don’t forget to conduct more research on your own time before moving forward with your ideas. Alabama Some types of toilets, but not all, are particularly addressed under Alabama’s off-grid legislation. It may be permissible to use pit toilets and portable toilets in certain rural locations, for example. Permits must be secured, and strict rules must be adhered to in order to proceed.

  1. Alaska Outhouses are permitted in a number of locations, but you must adhere to the tight regulations in place.
  2. Carry out thorough study to determine how the regulations of Arizona may affect your intentions to build an outhouse.
  3. Pit privy latrines, which are comparable to outhouses, are also permitted in a few of locations.
  4. Colorado Composting toilets are strictly controlled, although they are legal (NSF-approved is recommended).
  5. Connecticut When owners file an application and get their composting toilets certified by the local health department, it is lawful in Connecticut to use a composting toilet.
  6. Delaware Composting toilets are permitted in the state of Delaware, and there are no restrictions on their use.
  7. Florida Composting toilets are permissible in Florida provided they have been authorized by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).

Georgia Composting toilets must be authorized by the National Fire Protection Association and are subject to stringent regulations.

Idaho Composting toilets are permitted in Idaho, but only under specific circumstances.

Composting toilets, septic tanks, and pit privies are all subject to permit requirements.

Illinois Composting toilets that have been authorized by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) are permitted in Illinois.

Indiana Indiana is not a welcoming state for people who want to live off the grid.

However, if you are adamant about finding information concerning sewage systems, there is a loophole under the Indiana Log Cabin regulation that you should investigate.

Iowa Composting toilets are not subject to any rules, although you may be required to obtain a permission if you use a “alternative toilet.” Homes that are not linked to a running water supply can also use pit privies, which are normally permitted by law.

Composting toilets are not.

Make sure you are aware of any local regulations before proceeding with any project.

Composting toilets are also available for use.

Maine Composting toilets are allowed, although they are strictly controlled in the state of Maine.

Maryland Composting toilets that have been authorized by the National Sanitation Foundation are lawful, however you will require a permit.

Before proceeding with the procedure, double-check that all of the requirements have been met.

In general, outhouses are permitted; however, each county will issue its own licenses and inspections, so make sure to conduct further research based on where you live.

The restrictions in place are not as stringent as those in some other states, despite the fact that they exist.

However, there are state restrictions that define where they may be used and where they cannot.

Missouri While composting toilets are included in the state’s Department of Health statutes, there are no additional particular restrictions governing their usage in the state.

It is stated in the statutes that “a privy will be permitted only under specific conditions and will not be recognized as a means of sewage disposal for any facility that is continually occupied.” Remember to take this into consideration while looking for an off-grid solution.

Nebraska While both composting toilets and pit privies are authorized and inspected in Nebraska, you may be required to obtain a permission and have them inspected.

Before installing one, be certain that you have obtained the necessary permits.

Composting toilets and pit privies are allowed, although they are subject to regulation if they are located in close proximity to a public sewer.

Off-grid toilets such as composting toilets, outhouses, and other similar structures are lawful, but they are heavily controlled.

Composting toilets, pit privies, and other off-grid toilets are legal and do not require a permission; nonetheless, they are not recommended.

New York is the capital of the United States.

While the toilets may be used whatever you like, there are rules concerning how they must be utilized and whether or not you can disconnect from municipal sewage.

North Carolina is a state in the United States.

Composting toilets do not qualify as a replacement or as a substitute for conventional toilets.

Alternatives to conventional toilets are permitted in North Dakota.

Ohio Although off-grid toilet options are permitted in Ohio, the state controls the disposal of certain forms of gray water.

Oregon Composting toilets are permitted in the state of Oregon.

Composting toilets that have been authorized by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) are permitted in Pennsylvania.

The state of Pennsylvania is equally rigorous when it comes to other off-grid choices such as outhouses.


  1. South Carolina is a state in the United States.
  2. Take a look at the legislation to make sure you’re not breaking any rules.
  3. Composting toilets and off-grid toilets are only permitted in South Dakota if there are no other alternatives available.
  4. Tennessee Composting toilets and pit privies that have been authorized by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) are permitted in Tennessee.
  5. Check with your local authorities to ensure if it is legal in your jurisdiction before proceeding.
  6. When utilized in single-family residences in counties with a population of less than 40,000 people, no permission is necessary.
  7. Utah”Primitive” outhouses are not permitted in the state of Utah.
  8. Vermont Compost toilets are permitted in the state of Vermont.
  9. Virginia Alternatives to conventional toilets that operate off the grid are typically prohibited in Virginia.
  10. West Virginia is a state in the United States.
  11. Wisconsin Off-grid toilet alternatives are legal in Wisconsin, and the state’s laws are more lenient than those in other parts of the country.

Wyoming Wyoming does not require a permit for portable composting and incinerating toilets, and they are legal. If, on the other hand, the unit is permanent or self-contained, a permit will be necessary for it.

Final thoughts

What are the rules and regulations for outhouses in your community? Are you prepared to build an outhouse and live off-grid for a while? It is not always simple, but some individuals manage to do so and enjoy their lives without being connected to the outside world!

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A septic system or outhouse?

Okay, I have a cabin and a house that is off the grid and so forth. First and foremost, there are several methods of septic/sespool installation that do not require the use of electricity. The rule is that trash always goes downhill. The outhouse, which was part of the original cabin, is still in place. Simple two 55gal barrels with top/bottom remode, with the exception of the bottom barrel. a few of holes to allow water to escape With sporadic usage, it will last around 5 years. Later in life, a couple 55gallon barrels buried in the ground and filled with 1″- rock will prove useful.

  • There is no need for electricity.
  • In order to pump up onto the mound system, the house, septic system, and mound system all require intermittent electric power.
  • It is dependent on your soil conditions, the size of your system, the location of your system, and other factors.
  • Now, I’ve spent the most of my life surrounded by septic systems.
  • After my house was destroyed by fire, I wondered whether or not to relocate it or construct a new one from scratch.
  • There are a few guidelines that, if followed, will ensure that your septic system outlives you.
  • 2 Fill the system with as much water as you possibly can.

3 Designate a period for cleaning toilets and other areas where cleaners are flushed down the toilet.

Cleaners work by killing the bacteria that is digesting your excrement.

There will be no tampons, pads, or qtips!

Unless anything is malfunctioning or a breakdown has occurred.

You may even quickly determine how much solids are there at the bottom of the tank by looking at it.

A flat plate will be placed on top of the solids to provide support.

The rest is a piece of cake.

in addition to a 1500 gallon lift tank Supports up to 6 bathrooms without difficulty. As a result, you shouldn’t require quite that much for a Bol. It’s possible that a few 55-gallon drums will suffice in the absence of permits and other formalities. Bret

Outhouses are Out!

Land University has published a number of informative papers on the subject of developing underdeveloped land. This essay will be devoted to a repulsive, yet very vital subject: feces. “Everyone Poops,” as the New York Times bestselling novelist Taro Gomi put it. There are a variety of options for dealing with garbage on your property. Matt Valzania has written two really useful essays on this subject for Land University, which you can find here: How to Deal with Waste on Vacant Land and Off-Grid Living Situations Part Three is titled “Waste.” So you’ve purchased a piece of undeveloped property and now you’re looking for a means to dispose of your waste.

  1. People have been excavating holes in the earth for their feces for hundreds of years, yet mankind is still alive and well, correct?
  2. The first thing to think about is zoning.
  3. A portable outhouse may be an attractive choice if you live in a rural region and do not want to proceed with a standard indoor toilet-to-septic system.
  4. The reason for this is because infections may leak into ground water, creating a wide range of illnesses, including cholera, among others.
  5. It is possible that you may be forced to build a septic tank or any similar-lined tank for waste containment in order to avoid contamination if you choose an outhouse as your option.
  6. Composting toilets operate on the premise that human feces is biodegradable and that aerobic decomposition can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time.
  • Toilets that compost employ nature’s decomposition process to decrease waste by 90% and turn it into nutrient-dense compost. They do not necessitate the installation of water lines, which is beneficial to our already overburdened water supply. Rather of using chemicals, composting toilets rely on oxygen-loving microorganisms that are naturally present in human feces to complete the job. Bugs, worms, and other creatures play no part in the composting process
  • In fact, they are detrimental to it. It is no longer waste when you remove the material after decomposition
  • Instead, it is nutrient-rich compost. Composting toilets are a method of allowing waste to breakdown in a safe and odorless environment
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A variety of composting toilets are available, including both do-it-yourself and commercial models, both of which produce the same final effect. The basic premise is that garbage is introduced into a chamber where it is allowed to degrade aerobically. As a standard practice, an additive such as sawdust or peat moss is typically included to speed up the process. This chamber may be equipped with some type of mechanical agitator to speed up the decomposition process. Fluids entering the chamber are routed to a drain, where they are separated and allowed to evaporate or leak into the surrounding soil.

Using composting toilets has several advantages, the most important of which is that when the waste has been broken down, you are left with a nutrient-rich fertilizer that is ideal for plant beds.

Please accept my sincere wish that you have liked reading this piece as much as I loved writing it. And keep in mind that it is no longer acceptable to simply defecate in a hole.

10. Use of a Holding Tank, Composting Toilet or Sanitary Privy (i.e.”outhouse”)

When it comes to new building, the usage of a holding tank is never appropriate. Using a holding tank in lieu of installing an adequate replacement wastewater treatment system for an existing permanent construction is only permitted under certain conditions. Following a site evaluation, the WPA will determine what constitutes an acceptable replacement wastewater treatment system. This determination will take into consideration all available information, including current and anticipated water usage, existing infrastructure (such as dwellings, roadways, water wells, and so on), environmental limitations (soil, surface and ground water), and available financial resources.

The owner of non-permanent/transient buildings that use a holding tank must be able to provide documentation of New York State Department of Motor Vehicles registration on an annual basis.

It is mandatory in all cases to obtain permission from the WPA prior to installing a holding tank, and the tank must be waterproof in addition to meeting capacity standards, having an audible and visual high water warning, and meeting all other minimum separation distances if practicable (see Watershed Protection Law Article II, Section N here).

It is possible that further limitations will apply.

  • The WPA has given their approval. Comply with the very minimum requirements listed in Appendix 75-A for composters. The unit complies with NSF Standard 41 or a similar standard. Installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications
  • Access is made accessible for review by the WPA upon request
  • And

Furthermore, the use of a composting toilet does not negate the requirement for the proper disposal and treatment of grey water that is generated (i.e. wash water from sinks, dishwashers and washing machines). Grey water systems must be developed in accordance with Appendix 75-A and must have a flow rate of 75 gpd per bedroom, in addition to satisfying all other criteria of Appendix 75-A and the Schuyler County Watershed Protection Law. Using an outhouse as a sanitary privy is only permissible for buildings or homes that are only sporadically used (such as a seasonal hunting camp) and for structures that do not have power or water under pressure.

There must be an evaluation completed in conjunction with a WPA Inspector, a building permit must be given, and all minimum separation distances must be met as previously mentioned.

Any hygienic privy must be designed in a way that prevents vermin and insects from entering. When power and water are made accessible to the structure, the sanitary privy must be appropriately abandoned and a WPA-approved Onsite Wastewater Treatment System must be built in the structure.

Can I connect an outhouse to a septic holding tank?

Cabin to construct was the original poster. Thank you for providing all of the information. Isn’t it true that camping outhouses just drain into a septic holding tank? Anyone have any idea what those do? I’d want to make a copy of it. My grandpa used to operate a campsite in the 1960s that had double-holed outhouses (one for men and one for ladies). He was also a local county legislator, so he never had much difficulty with the health department as long as the buildings were clean, which they always did, and as long as they were kept in excellent condition.

  1. Every now and again, a new county health inspector, fresh out of college, would be appointed, and he would be given a stack of violations that could be resolved with a phone call.
  2. On the topside, I believe he obtained the plans from a mail order catalogue.
  3. A large hole in the earth, at least 8 feet deep, and a bucket of lime with a scoop inside next to each hole, which had to be used after each usage, were all that could be found down below.
  4. Following a period of time during which the hole filled to around 4 feet from the top (I was rather young at the time, so my calculations may be a little off), the outhouse was moved and the hole was closed over.
  5. This is made simple by the use of a backhoe and a front-end loader.
  6. Toilets with “pressure assist,” I believe, are what they are called.
  7. A propane-powered incinerating toilet would be my choice if I did not want to waste any water (since lack of water assumes lack of electricity, else there would be a well).

Unless you and everyone who uses the outhouse enjoys messing with wasps and bees, which seem to be attracted to outhouses for some reason, and unless you and everyone who uses the outhouse are willing to move it frequently and are meticulous about keeping it clean so that it doesn’t smell, those other two options are far superior to an outhouse in my opinion.

It is more difficult to maintain their popularity on chilly evenings, especially when the wasps have moved in and established a nest under the seat.

Outdoor Septic Outhouse (what a crappy idea)

Thank you everyone for your help; I am familiar with the operation of septic tanks. I’ve had them for about all of my adult life. Only one of the places I’ve lived has city water and sewer service. However, as previously said, toilets require a significant amount of water to flush. Isn’t it something like 2 gallons of water per flush? I have a household of five, and if we are consistent, it equates to at least 10 gallons of water every day simply to flush the toilet. Then, to top it all off, your septic tank is incapable of functioning with less water.

  • Just a guess, but you’re probably not going to take as many showers, do as many tiny loads of dishes, wash clothing in the washing machine one load at a time, or do anything else that requires a lot of water, so your water flow will surely reduce.
  • Each year, they came to empty the drywell, which served as a connection point for the original kitchen sink, as well as the first and second bathrooms.
  • I tried a pipe snake, but it didn’t work.
  • I contacted the local septic company, and they replaced the home since they were the ones who were responsible for servicing it on an annual basis.
  • During their time there, I inquired about the rear septic system, and they informed me that it did not exist.
  • I thought it was strange because there had been a visible barren patch in the shape of a septic tank throughout the previous winter.
  • I started poking holes in the earth with a ground probe where I believed I recalled seeing a septic tank.
  • Yes, there is a hidden cement septic tank beneath the ground.
  • I also removed the 15-foot well and replaced it with a 175-foot well that was significantly further away.

Utilize it during the spring, summer, and fall months to preserve water and energy. For me, it could be worthwhile in the cold to use the bathrooms inside to keep my bottom warm rather than going outside.

Can I put a privy on top of the septic tank?

My cabin does not have any plumbing, but I am in the process of building a four-season home on my property, so I have installed a complete septic system to accommodate the project. Can I place a privy on top of the septic tank and continue to utilize my system for the time being? Joseph Cooke, in an email to me Is it possible to go straight to the top? No, not at all. In the words of Mark Green, the head building official for the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit, “dropping an outhouse directly on top of a septic tank is probably not going to fly with your regulator.” For starters, this is a violation of the Ontario Building Code (septic tanks must be at minimum 1.5 metres away from any structure).

  • While vault-style privies (such as those found in provincial parks) do exist, the tanks that house them are strengthened to ensure that the structures that lie on top of them remain stable.
  • If you need a short-term, temporary remedy, your local building authority may be able to offer you a conditional permission.
  • The garbage is dumped into the tank when it has filled up.
  • It is possible that your tank will fail if there is no water coming from sinks, showers, and washing machines into it at some point.
  • Sandy Bos, the Township of Muskoka Lakes’ on-site sewage system inspector, adds that another alternative is to locate the privy near the septic system and construct a flush toilet that is plugged into the tank.
  • “I’ve seen it done,” Bos replies emphatically.
  • We certainly hope so.

Where septic tanks are unaffordable luxuries

My cabin does not have any plumbing, but I am in the midst of building a four-season home on my property, so I have installed a suitable septic system to serve the area. Do you think I could place a privy on top of my septic tank and continue to utilize my system for the time being. By email, from Joseph Cooke Is it possible to get to the summit directly? No, it isn’t the case at all! In the words of Mark Green, chief building official for the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit, “dropping an outhouse right on top of a septic tank is probably not going to fly with your regulator.” In the first place, this is a violation of the Ontario Construction Code (septic tanks must be at minimum 1.5 metres away from any structure).

While vault-style privies (such as those seen in provincial parks) are still in use, the tanks that house them are strengthened to ensure that the structures that sit on top of them remain in place during heavy rains.

In the case of a short-term, temporary remedy, your local building department may grant you a conditional permission.

Once it is full, you take the garbage to the tank and drop it in there.

It is possible that your tank will fail if there is no water coming from sinks, showers, or washing machines into it at some point.

In the opinion of Sandy Bos, the Township of Muskoka Lakes’ on-site sewage system inspector, an alternate solution is to locate the privy close to the septic system and to build a flush toilet that is connected into the tank.

‘It’s something that happens to people.’ In my experience,” Bos explains. In my opinion, it is significantly cleaner and smells better. Isn’t it preferable to haul about a pail of raw sewage? It’s certainly our hope.

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