Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Some of the most frequent questions that we receive regarding the Flotender Greywater System.


Frequently Asked Questions

greywater recycling

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Can the Flotender Greywater Filter be placed above ground In a basement or utility room?

Is greywater reuse legal?

Is Flotender eligible for government rebates?

Is greywater safe?

What is a Greywater Stub-Out?

I have a home built on a concrete slab. Can Flotender still be installed?

Can I use sub surface drip tube Flotender?

Can Flotender be used in a commercial setting?

What type of soaps should be used with Flotender?

Can Flotender be used to water my lawn?

Can Flotender be used to filter water for flushing toilets?

Do I need a plumber to install my Flotender System?

Can I use Flotender with my existing drip irrigation system?

Does the Flotender System need to be winterized for freezing temperatures?

 

 

 

Can the Flotender Greywater Filter be placed above ground in a utility room or basement?

Yes, the Flotender Greywater Filter is structurally designed to be placed either in a utility room / basement or in-ground.

 

 

Is Greywater reuse legal?

Over the last few years more and more states have been introducing legislation allowing the use of greywater. Be sure to check with your local enforcing agency before installing a greywater system as certain restrictions may apply.

Arizona Greywater Information >

California Greywater Information >

New Mexico Greywater Information >

Texas Greywater Information >

 

Is Flotender eligible for government rebates?

Yes, depending on the state. Currently Arizona offers rebates for installing a water saving Flotender System.

 

Arizona Greywater Rebate Information >

 

 

 

Is greywater safe?

Yes, for years greywater systems have been installed around the world and is safe for both you and your garden by adhering to these simple rules:

- Don’t use on eatable plants
- Don’t spray greywater into the air
- Don’t store stagnant greywater for more than 24 hours in any type of holding tank. (This isn’t an issue with Flotender because the greywater is sent out to your plants immediately upon entering the system)

 

 

 

What is a Greywater Stub-Out?

A greywater stub out is the end of a pipe that extends out from your home which is connected to your greywater sources. Flotender connects directly to the end of the greywater stub out.

 

 

I have a home built on a concrete slab. Can Flotender still be installed?

Flotender can be installed at any home as long as you can install a greywater stub-out. The difficulty of installing a greywater stub out will vary from home to home. Contact a local plumber for more information on retrofitting your home for greywater recycling.

 

 

Can I use sub surface drip tube with Flotender?

Yes.

 

 

 

 

Can Flotender be used in a commercial setting?

Yes, the Flotender system is fully equipped to be used in a commercial setting with heavy use.

 

 

 

What type of soaps should be used with Flotender?

While the Flotender Greywater System will function properly regardless of the soap used in your greywater fixtures, to ensure optimal plant health here are a few guidelines when choosing a soap or detergent:

Avoid soaps, detergents, and shampoo products which contain:

- Any form of paraben (methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl)
- Anything listed as a "whitener", "softener", or with "enzymatic components"
- Phosphates
- Chlorine or Bleach
- Boron
- Borax
- Petroleum distillate
- Alkylbenzene
- Sodium Perborate
- Sodium Trypochlorite

It is recommended that you specifically avoid powdered and bar soaps or detergents as they are typically high in sodium.  Sodium is often used as a filler ingredient in powdered soaps, whereas liquid soaps tend to use water as filler.

While some shampoos and soaps are specifically labeled as being "greywater safe", there is still a chance that they are not beneficial for your plants.  We recommend that you check the ingredients for the products that you are purchasing to ensure that they are not only greywater safe, but safe enough to be discharged to your plants.

 

Suggested Brands of soaps to use with Flotender:

 

Aubrey Organics
Melaluca
Bio-Pac and Oasis products
Br. Bronners

 

 

Can Flotender be used to water my lawn?

Yes.

 

 

Can Flotender be used to filter water for flushing toilets?

No, Flotender is intended for use with landscape irrigation. This topic is explained in further detail on the “How much water will I save” page.

 

 

Do I need a plumber to install my Flotender System?

It is recommended that you have a licensed plumber make the modifications and install the modifications for the greywater stub-out in your home or commercial building. Once the greywater stub-out has been installed the Flotender System and drip irrigation can be installed easily by a homeowner or landscape contractor.

 

 

Can I use Flotender with my existing drip irrigation system?

Yes.

 

 

Does the Flotender System need to be winterized for freezing temperatures?

Yes. Click here to view the Flotender Greywater Owners Manual. Refer to page 5 for winterizing instructions.

 

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