Septic System and Aerobic System Services
Looking for septic service in Broken Arrow? Mullin Septic has you covered!
Since 1973, Mullin Septic has been providing septic tank services for residential customers in the greater part of Oklahoma. We are a 24-hour same-day septic tank service near me located in Broken Arrow, here when you need us most! At Mullin Septic, we have trained professionals to handle all your septic system service needs, from septic tank inspection, clean-out, and septic pumping, and we can even repair your septic tank system!
If you live in a rural area, chances are your property depends on some type of specialized wastewater treatment system to handle sewage. Failing septic or aerobic systems can cause messy, smelly, and downright dangerous problems. That’s why relying on Mullin Septic for professional repair services is crucial to get your system back up and running properly.
As leading service providers in the area, we offer complete inspection, maintenance, and repair for both traditional septic systems and advanced aerobic treatment systems. Read on for an overview of how to tell which system you have, how each system works, signs you may need repairs, and details on all of our reliable septic and aerobic system repair options.
How Do You Know If You Have a Traditional Septic or Aerobic System?
Unsure what type of wastewater treatment system is on your rural property? Traditional septic tanks and alternative systems like aerobic units or media filters all look similar underground.
Some clues to identify your system type include:
- Age of Your Home – Newer systems are more likely advanced treatment designs
- Manufacturer Stickers – Small metal plates or stickers may be visible with brand info
- Control Panels – Aerobic systems have electrical control panels, standard septic tanks do not
- System Documents – Install permits or home records may have system details
If still uncertain what you have, our Mullin Septic technicians can inspect and identify your property’s wastewater system.
What is a Septic System?
Septic systems are underground wastewater treatment solutions commonly used in properties not connected to municipal sewer lines. A typical septic setup includes a septic tank and drain field built from perforated pipes leading away from the tank.
Inside the septic tank, heavy solids settle out, lighter solids float to the top as scum, and a clarified middle layer of effluent forms between. Natural bacteria breaks down some contaminants. The clarified effluent then drains from the tank to the perforated pipes of the drain field where it percolates down through layers of soil and gravel that filter out remaining impurities.
4 Signs You May Need Septic System Repair:
- Slow Draining Sinks or Toilets: If your fixtures are sluggish, your system could be backed up. Slow drainage indicates sewage isn’t exiting your septic tank properly.
- Gurgling Noises from Plumbing: Loud gurgles from your drains or toilets may mean sewage is attempting to back up due to a clogged septic tank. Gas bubbles can also cause odd plumbing noises.
- Sewage Backups into the Home: Water pooling around drains or outright sewage backups into sinks, toilets or tubs mean your septic system is severely clogged. Immediate repair attention is needed.
- Strong Sewage Odors: If you smell unpleasant odors around your yard or home, gases may be leaking from your system. That can indicate a failing drain field or broken pipes releasing sewage under the ground.
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Our Septic System Repair & Maintenance Services:
- Septic Tank Pumping: We vacuum out built up solids to restore needed capacity and prevent clogging. Regular pumping is key to system longevity.
- Pipe & Drain Field Repairs: We use camera pipe inspection to check for leaks or damage. Drain field repairs may involve replacing gravel, pipes, or soils.
- Filter Cleaning: For systems with outlet filters, we remove and clean filters to maintain proper flow.
- Component Replacements: If certain parts like inlet tees or baffles break down, we replace components.
- Annual Drain Field Inspections: Inspection and testing helps optimize performance and identify problems early.
Septic System Replacements
While Mullin Septic doesn’t handle installing brand new septic systems, we do specialize in septic system replacements. We are fully licensed to replace all parts and components of failing or damaged septic systems. A full system replacement is often needed in cases of:
- A collapsed septic tank
- Extensive drain field pipe deterioration
- Quarantined drain field areas
- Insufficient capacity for the home
- Drainage problems unable to be repaired
Our professional replacement process involves:
- Design – We create a custom replacement plan meeting state codes and property needs. This includes tank size, pipe layouts, drain field sizing and more.
- Permitting – We handle all permitting documentation required for county health departments.
- Installations – Our team completes full system installs, connecting all parts from interior plumbing to the underground treatment system and drain field.
- Inspections – Mullin Septic schedules necessary inspections before backfilling underground structures.
- System Startup – Once the replacement system passes inspection, we activate treatment systems so drain fields can be brought online.
With Mullin Septic as your local septic service provider, you can count on our experts to guide you through necessary system replacements or difficult repairs seamlessly.
Contact us to learn more!
What is an Aerobic Treatment System?
Aerobic systems are a modern alternative to traditional septic tank setups. In aerobic units, effluent from the clarifying chamber passes through an aerator before reaching the drain field.
The aerator injects oxygen and mixes in aerobic bacteria. It facilitates further breakdown of viruses, waste, and pathogens. An advanced treatment process lets effluent safely percolate through a significantly smaller drain field.
Monitoring panels and alarms alert homeowners if repair attention is needed. Aerobic systems also require more routine maintenance than standard septic designs. But provide effective, eco-friendly rural wastewater management.
4 Signs You May Need Aerobic System Repair:
- Aerator or Pump Not Working: If the aerator or effluent pump shuts down, sewage won’t receive proper treatment. The monitoring panel should indicate failures.
- Treatment System Alarms: Any activated alarm light indicates something isn’t working right internally. Only a technician should reset alarms.
- Backups and Clogs: Slow drains or sewage backups usually mean a clog before or after treatment. Clogs block wastewater flow.
- Unpleasant Odors: If you notice sewage-like smells around the system, hydrogen sulfide gas may be releasing. This points to potential issues.
Our Aerobic System Repair & Maintenance:
- Aerator Cleaning & Repair: We clear debris, test functionality, and replace worn parts like air diffusers or chlorinators if not working.
- Pump Maintenance: Pumps experience wear and tear over years of use. We inspect pumps, clear obstructions and replace failing effluent pumps.
- Pipe Inspections & Clearing: We use meticulous pipe camera checks and professional hydro jet clearing to remove stuck-on grease, waste and obstructions in pipes.
- Filter Replacements: Internal microfilters trap suspended solids but require replacement every 2-3 years typically as pores clog up.
- Panel Repairs: Faulty electrical panels mean vital system components aren’t receiving power. We troubleshoot and source solutions for panel issues.
- Professional Servicing for Optimal Performance: Annual tune-ups optimize aerobic units. We follow manufacturer specifications for replacement parts and maintenance needs.
Rely on the Mullin Septic Experts for your Wastewater Treatment System Needs
As you can see, both septic systems and advanced aerobic designs require very different forms of care and repair. By turning to our team of wastewater management experts for system issues large or small however, you can feel at ease knowing your property has reliable solutions on hand. Contact us today for any maintenance or repair needs related to your home’s vital wastewater treatment system.
Aerobic System Awareness
Do you find yourself unfamiliar with aerobic system warning lights? We hope this allows you a better understanding of your aerobic systems’ needs!
The good news is, there is no concern unless you are backing up into the house. If you notice signs of a backup (such as gurgling or slow drains), give us a call and we will send a technician out the same day!
High water alarm. This is a signal that your tank is at 50% capacity. This light is common when it is raining or has rained. We recommend allowing 24 hours to pass before sending a technician out to assess.
Aeration alarm. This is a signal that your system is not receiving enough fresh air. You may notice your system smells more than normal. This is not a concern and can be taken care of within 3-5 days.
The alarm will sound with either the red light or the orange light. The alarm may be muted at the control panel until a highly experienced technician can examine the system. You can mute the alarm by going to the control panel or aerator pump and either clicking the silence button or pushing the alarm switch. The light will remain on until the issue is resolved.
**Mullin Inc. recommends that you flush one fizzy tablet a month to enhance the beneficial bacteria in your plumbing lines and septic systems! We sell fizzy tablets in house, or they can be shipped right to your door! They are sold in a 12-month supply for only $45!
- How often should you pump out a septic tank?
We recommend pumping every 3-5 years. More frequent pumping may be needed if you have a smaller tank, newer home, or use a garbage disposal often. Inspections help determine when tanks need to be emptied.
- What are disadvantages of using a septic system?
Septic systems require ongoing maintenance like pumping. They have a limited lifespan and will eventually need full replacements. Aerobic systems reduce, but don’t eliminate, those downsides.
- What impacts does a septic system have on the environment?
Untreated sewage overflowing from failing septic systems can impact groundwater and aquatic ecosystems. Well maintained systems filter effluent properly to avoid negative effects.
- How do septic systems work to treat waste?
Solids settle and separate in baffled tanks as waste breaks down partially. Clarified effluent disperses through drain field pipes and gravel where more filtration occurs before soil absorption.
- How much daily laundry is safe for a septic system?
We advise limiting loads to 6-8 per week. Compact HE washers use less water. Excessive water flows strain systems. Stagger laundry instead of doing multiple loads at once.
- What signs indicate your septic tank needs to be pumped?
Slow drains, gurgling sounds, the presence of sewage odors, overly damp ground or lush grass around the tank or drain field point to a potentially full tank needing service.
- Does homeowners insurance cover septic system failure?
Unfortunately homeowners insurance typically does not cover repair or replacement costs related to failed septic systems or drain fields. Some insurers may assist marginally if sewage backup damages the interior home structures and possessions. But the septic system itself and related issues like pipe repairs, pumping, drain field replacement etc. falls under normal maintenance excluded in policies. We advise discussing add-on septic coverage with providers to offset some potential expensive repair bills.
- Why is my aerobic system alarm going off?
Alarms on aerobic units indicate issues with components like the aerator, pump, or treatment levels. Only qualified technicians should interpret alert codes and troubleshoot causes. Call us right away when aerobic alarms activate.
- How long does an aerobic septic system last?
Properly maintained aerobic systems can last 20-30 years. Key components like air pumps, chlorinators, and control panels do wear out over time. Quality repairs and parts replacements extend system lifespans when needed.
- How do you reset an aerobic septic system?
Resetting alarms requires pinpointing the trigger reason first, then addressing it. Alarms won’t deactivate until underlying problems get resolved. Technicians verify normal operation before conducting resets. Don’t bypass alarms without repairs.
- How often should aerobic septic sprinklers go off?
Rotating sprinkler heads in aerobic drain fields should spray effluent across all sections evenly. Excessive spraying in one area overloads soils. Contact us if sprinklers run too frequently, not enough, or seem out of balance.