Questions Answered About The Nature's Head Waterless Toilet
Q: Does the Nature's Head dry composting toilet emit any bad odors?
Using proper maintenance, you can ensure that your Nature's Head toilet will never smell bad. The key to achieving this is the proper separation of human waste, the solids from the liquids. You'll know that your toilet is in proper working order if you notice an earthy scent which is caused by your choice of composting bulking materials.
Your Nature's Head toilet should have a fan and a vent system properly installed to make sure that it removes odors efficiently. These two parts of the system work together to extract liquids from your solids bin via evaporation, hence contributing to a virtually odor-free experience.
In the off chance that you notice a pungent smell emanating from your toilet, you may notice that it could be a result of a malfunctioning fan. Your fan is necessary to help liquids evaporate faster, and without it, your liquid waste evaporates at a much slower rate resulting in the bad odors you sense. An easy fix could be making sure that your fan and vent are properly plugged into the power source.
Another reason you may be noticing an odor is that the liquids bottle isn't properly sealed on your Nature's Head toilet. Before using your toilet, make sure that the liquids bottle is tightly sealed in a manner where no odors can escape. The lid should be in the down position and properly latched.
Q: How often should my Nature's Head toilet get emptied?
Your eco friendly Nature's Head composting toilet requires little intervention on your part as it separates waste, doesn't use water, and is actually self-contained. Most importantly, the toilet composts your waste, which means that the longer your waste sits, the better it breaks down with time. However, if you use your toilet full-time, leaving the composting bin full is not a feasible solution. You can help the process along by creating an outdoors compost pile or bin where you can deposit waste.
It's best to wait as long as possible before emptying your Nature's Head toilet. Some owners may leave their waste the entire winter and empty it around spring. However, if you wait at least just one week before emptying, you can already see the breakdown of solids with only paper visibility.
Your liquid waste should not be allowed to sit for extended periods of time. Many people have odorous urine that should be properly disposed of regularly.
Q: Where should waste from Nature's Head toilets be emptied?
There are two different aspects of emptying your toilet. Firstly, you must consider your liquids bottle that can hold up to 2.2 gallons of waste. In most cases, this bottle will need more frequent emptying than the solids bin. What can you do with urine? Surprisingly, urine is the perfect fertilizer for mature trees or can be used for plants when properly diluted. Using the formula of diluting eight parts water to one part urine can remove any traces of a bad smell when using it as a fertilizer for plants.
Your composting bin needs to be handled with a different approach in mind. The best situation is having a separate composting bin or pile outdoors for your solid waste. This may not always be possible if you're traveling most of the time. If that's the case, you have two options: one is choosing to collect solid waste in a bag and dispose of it with trash or to simply bury it.
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