How often should the toilet be emptied?
If 4 people are using the toilet on a daily basis, then a container will last about 3 to 6 weeks. Longer if it is only men using the toilet, shorter if it is only women (using paper each visit).For a normal summerhouse, 2 or 3 containers will suffice. Additional containers can be purchased if required. If the toilet is being used more frequently during a short period, solid waste bags may prove necessary.
Are there unpleasant odours indoors?
No. As long as the venting pipe is properly sealed with silicone glue, there will be no unpleasant odours in the room.
Are there unpleasant odours outdoors?
Because the urine and faeces are not mixed, there is never any latrine-type odour from a separating toilet. A certain amount of odour may be present, however, when and shortly after the toilet is used. If the venting can be routed to the back of the house, it is usually suffice to just route it straight through the wall. If the venting pipe must be routed through the gables or to the front of the house, it should be extended upwards or routed through the roof.
Are flies a problem with these toilets?
Problems with flies are uncommon with Separett toilets. However, flies may enter the toilet if you leave it for a week or so with the fan switched off and the container still in place. The fan should always be operational. If flies do get in to the toilet, change or empty the container, clean it thoroughly, and use fly spray on the toilet and container several times during the following week to remove any remaining larvae.
Should the fan operate continually?
Yes. This keeps the housing dry and extends the lifetime of the fan. If the fan is switched off for a longer period, remove the container or place the lid on it. Otherwise, it is easy for flies to enter and lay eggs.
Am I allowed to connect the urine waste hose to the domestic wastewater system?
The regulations vary within and between countries. Contact the relevant local authorities (health, building, environmental, etc.) for details.
Can I install the toilet myself?
Yes. There are not usually any problems for the average DIY-interested person.