Aerobic septic systems have great benefits because they use oxygen to naturally breakdown and process waste. To work properly, and remain a cost effective option, routine aerobic septic maintenance needs to be performed. Like any household equipment, it can also break or malfunction from time to time, and may need repairs.
Many homeowners opt for aerobic treatment systems because:
- Last longer; up to 40 years.
- Require less space than other septic systems.
- Are a better and cleaner treatment.
- Break down waste faster.
- Are suitable for any land type.
- Are environmentally friendly.
- Save you money.
Mullin Plumbing HVAC, Septic & Electric performs all types of system repairs, but these are three of the most common questions that we hear when dealing with aerobic septic maintenance:
Why is My Septic Alarm Going Off
If you have an aerobic septic system there are multiple reasons that your alarm could be going off. It prevents problems from escalating to a point where you have puddles in your yard or a system that isn’t working. The alarm system is in place to go off if any type of trouble occurs.
This could be an indication of things like:
- Loose aerator hoses.
- Bad breakers.
- Burnt-out pumps.
Never ignore your aerobic treatment system alarm. The problem is not going to resolve itself and will only get worse, and more expensive, if you wait. If not resolved, the problem could escalate and even cause you to need a whole new septic system! Call your local licensed plumber immediately if you notice your aerobic treatment system alarm system going off. They can help you get the problem resolved right away.
How Do I Know If My Aerobic Treatment System Needs Routine Service
One of the best things that you can do for yourself as a homeowner is to keep detailed records about your aerobic treatment system. This will help answer many questions at the time of repair and it will also help you to know when you will need regularly scheduled aerobic septic maintenance so that you can plan for it in the future.
When you keep records about your aerobic septic system make sure that you include important information such as:
- Model type
- Serial number
- State license number
- System capacity
- Installation date
- Warranty dates
- Contract service agreements
- Past maintenance records
It’s alright if you don’t have all of this information right now. If you need assistance searching for some of this information, our plumbers can help. They can also let you know when you will need to have future scheduled aerobic septic maintenance performed to keep your system working optimally.
Which Waste Can My Aerobic Treatment System Process
Your aerobic treatment system uses a four step treatment to process waste adequately.
The steps are:
- Pre-treatment removes large debris.
- Aeration digests miniscule waste.
- Remaining solids settle into sludge (which should be removed as part of regular aerobic septic maintenance).
- Treated water is disinfected to be antiseptic.
If you introduce non-flushable or non-biodegradable items into your aerobic treatment system , it will not be able to work properly. The inappropriate items and debris can damage the aerobic treatment system and stop it’s processes.
The following items are commonly found in broken, damaged or clogged aerobic septic systems:
- Grease (including fat and oil)
- Sanitary napkins and tampons
- Kitty litter
- Cigarette butts
- Gauze bandages
- Paper towels
It is also important to note that not all fluids are safe to put into your septic system.
Fluids that can damage your system include:
- Photographic solutions
- Paints and thinners
- Waste Oils
Schedule Aerobic Septic Maintenance
Knowing these things will help you keep your aerobic treatment system in good shape. Remember aerobic septic maintenance is part of home maintenance and should never be neglected. If you need to schedule maintenance for your aerobic treatment system , visit Mullin Plumbing HVAC, Septic & Electric online now!