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Tiny House Plumbing Options

If you’re just getting started with building your tiny house, plumbing options can be overwhelming if you’re unsure of where to start. It’s true that your tiny house plumbing system is what will separate it from regular-sized homes. Regular houses have permanent water access because they are on the grid.

If you want to live in a more mobile home, this can be an issue since there is never a guarantee that you will have constant access to a water source. Often, thinking about this process scares most tiny house novices. Some newbies who do not carefully plan their plumbing deal with water damage issues. According to, water damage can result from plumbing leaks due to inappropriate installation.

Before you get down to work, it is first essential to know what your options are of how you can get water into your tiny house.

Absence of Plumbing

If you plan on going completely mobile, the lack of a plumbing system may be the easiest choice for you. The absence of plumbing does not equate to the absence of water, but you have to get water manually into your home. You can store your water in different areas of your home, like the sink or the bathroom.

If you are planning this, then you have to make sure that you always park near a water source and that you have buckets, jugs, or bottles that you can fill up as necessary. But, you also have to consider that these gallons of water should not take too much space in your home. Space is critical in a small house, so you would want to consider that. You have to prepare for that, since there will be times when you will likely run out of water.

Tank and Pump

A more practical plumbing option is by installing a tank in your tiny home and using a pump to pressurize the water. With this option, you can get to enjoy the functionality of a regular house and still live off-grid. Note, however, that it comes with its own disadvantages, such as taking up more space. With this, you also have to decide the tank size that you want. Of course, the bigger the tank, the more water you can fill it up, but it will take a larger space and will cause you to carry a heavier load.

You have to see how much water you would need for about four days and see which tank size will fit your needs. You also have to note that you still have to fill it up.


If your tiny home has constant access to a water source and you’re not planning on living off-grid, then you might consider getting a hookup. This plug requires you to install plumbing to receive water. You can do this via an RV hose.


If you want a more flexible plumbing option for your tiny home, then you should install a hybrid plumbing system and also have a tank that you can use should you choose to go off-grid for a while. You can also have a hookup when you have access to a water source. This type of plumbing system for your tiny home requires more work for you or a plumbing specialist to do the job for you. In general, the added work is worth it when you factor in the flexibility it offers your home.

Whatever plumbing option you choose to have in your home, your first consideration should always be your water requirements. Do you have a tiny garden that you have to maintain? How many are you living in the house? Do you have pets? Plus, you always have to make sure that you prevent any water damage to ruin the beauty of your home. When you try to bring in buckets of water to fill your tank, make sure to dry up any spills immediately.

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you marketing agency, Employed By Life Online.
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