The Aerobic Septic System Technician Checklist

October 29, 2019 10:04 pm Published by Writing Staff Leave your thoughts

The aerobic septic system inspection is an important part of septic system maintenance. It is how your technician determines if there are any issues requiring immediate remedies. Since aerobic septic systems in the Texas Hill Country rely entirely on their mechanical devices, having one of them break down could lead to a septic failure. Here is a checklist of these items every technician should follow:

  • Diffusers: The diffusers disperse the oxygen required by the bacteria in your aerobic septic system. If they fail to work, you are essentially choking the oxygen that is necessary to break down waste and ensure sanitation and safety. This is often the first item checked by technicians because it is so vital to the health of your system. If there are any indications of problems, consider replacing or repairing diffusers immediately.
  • Aerator filters: Like the diffuser, the aerator ensures oxygen flows freely through your septic system. Filters keep them clean and running well, which is often a challenge in a septic environment. Replacing filters is often necessary to keep the system oxygenated and functional.
  • Submersible pump: A pump that pushes water to the surface and keeps everything moving so it can be properly treated before dispersing cleaned water to the sprinklers for evaporation or to a drainfield for absorption & evaporation.
  • Alarms: Aerobic septic systems contain alarms that alert you to anything that may go wrong. This is a major component of preventing serious problems and supporting the long-term functioning of your system. If the alarms fail to work, you will not detect any problems and sewage rises up into your yard. A thorough inspection checks both audio and visual alarms.
  • Electrical circuits: This is especially important if you had a power outage recently. Aerobic systems rely on electricity and a continuous power source. If a surge knocks out any circuits, it is unlikely that your system receives enough power to function properly. You could have circuits burned out and not realize it. A thorough inspection discovers these shortcomings and addresses them.
  • Sludge levels: The presence of sludge shows that the treatment process is not working. If there is sludge then there is a chance that your bacteria strains are dying off. This can be due to toxic chemicals in your system or a lack of oxygen that is linked to the aerator or diffuser.
  • Vegetation: Flourishing vegetation, especially near the septic tank, is a sign that organic waste is leaking and allowing the plants to benefit from extra fertilizer. It means your tank likely requires repairs before the problem becomes a giant stinking one.

If you seek septic tank installation or need maintenance for your aerobic septic system, Countryside Construction Inc. is here to help. Call our team today to schedule an appointment.

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