The regulations for conventional septic systems across the United States have been changing, and more changes are on the horizon. For owners of this system, this has made it an ideal time to switch from a conventional system to an aerobic septic system in Canyon Lake, TX.
But what exactly should one know before making this change? What are the differences that exist between aerobic and conventional systems, and why bother converting in the first place? Here’s some information you should consider.
Differences between conventional and aerobic septic systems
Here are a few examples of some of the primary differences that exist between common septic systems and the newer aerobic septic systems:
- Presence of air: An aerobic system introduces air into the water that is being treated to sustain aerobic bacteria, the microbes that eat up the pollutants found in the water. A standard septic tank, on the other hand, uses anaerobic microbes that do not need air to survive—they consume the waste without exposure to air at all.
- Bacteria types: As the previous point suggests, the types of bacteria found in each system are different as well. Aerobic microbes are found in aerobic septic systems, as opposed to the anaerobic microbes found in conventional systems. Aerobic microbes are capable of consuming pollutants faster and more fully than their anaerobic counterparts, which makes an aerobic system more effective at treating wastewater than a conventional system of the same size. This also means longer life and less maintenance of the drain field, because fewer solids pass through the system due to the more thorough consumption of pollutants in the tank.
- Equipment: Standard septic systems are simpler than aerobic treatment systems with regard to how the equipment is used. The standard system will feature a tank with multiple chambers. The aerobic system has a tank with those chambers, as well as a means of introducing air into the wastewater.
There is a variety of reasons why people have been switching from conventional to aerobic systems in greater numbers than ever before. A big impetus can be changes in permitting requirements that essentially leave property owners with no other choice. However, drain field conditions are another factor. Considering aerobic treatment provides a better level of treatment that can preserve the drain field for longer, it can make more sense for many people to opt for that type of system if they want to reduce their need for drain field maintenance.
Aerobic septic systems also do a better job of protecting the environment. For people who like to be more environmentally conscious, this is a big benefit to consider.
Finally, a closer proximity of the system to drinking wells and aquifers may also necessitate the use of aerobic systems, which result in cleaner water passing into the drain field and a lower potential for contamination of the water sources on your property.
For more information about why you might consider switching from a conventional to an aerobic septic system in Canyon Lake, TX, contact Countryside Construction Inc. today.
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