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Why should you check vent pipes regularly?

Every single one of our toilets has a ventilation system in place; we may have changed how they look over the years but they are still there.

Today we are exploring just why vent systems are so crucially important to the operation of a composting toilet.

For starters, the composting process is aerobic; this means that it requires oxygen (it does not mean that your composting pile is doing pilates). The free flow of oxygen is also important to create an environment that the microorganisms can thrive in.

Hopefully we all know by now that without microbes you do not have compost, you just have a pile of waste. So to keep them happy with the oxygen they need to survive, you need to keep those ventilation pipes free from obstruction to maintain the airflow.

Build up in ventilation pipes can be caused by many different reasons:

  • Condensation can pool in horizontal pipes
  • Particles can be sucked into the housing for the fan over time
  • Spiders and mud wasps can build webs and nests if the vent cap isn’t secured


Ventilation is also used to manage smells. If you like to keep your bathroom smelling clean and fresh, the fan operation will be at the top of your priority list. That’s why we always recommend having a spare fan on hand for emergencies. 

If you have any questions or require assistance, feel free to call us on 1300 138 182.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Ecoflo Wastewater Management acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this Country. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. 




Ecoflo was the first company in Australia to sell composting toilets certified to the rigorous quality testing of Australian Standards. If you want to be certain your composting toilet has adequate capacity and is safe, you need a waterless composting toilet certified to the tough performance criteria of AS/NZS 1546.2:2008.

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