Tips for Maintaining Your Aerobic Treatment System

October 21, 2021 3:45 pm Published by Writing Staff

How can you maintain your aerobic treatment system? These systems are much more complex than conventional systems, featuring a much greater number of parts, including electrical components and extra tanks. While aerobic septic systems are some of the most complex waste management solutions, maintaining them isn’t as difficult as it may seem.
Here’s a brief guide on exactly what is necessary to maintain an aerobic treatment system:

Keep watch for the alarm light

Most aerobic systems are equipped with an alarm light that alerts you to potential operational issues. It’s best to check the light regularly, since finding a problem early can prevent something relatively minor from turning into something major. Reach out to your trusted septic service professional as soon as you notice the alarm light engaged to prevent any significant damage to your septic equipment.

Understand how to check the system

When inspecting your system, look for access ports within 10 feet of your home at ground level. Keep a close eye on the condition of the access ports: They should always be screwed shut, and lids should be in perfect condition. You also need to unscrew and open the lids to get an inside look at the condition of the system. Always remember to let the gas clear before checking the tank since septic systems produce hydrogen sulfide gas that’s harmful when inhaled.

Add chlorine to the tank

Adding chlorine is necessary to maintain an aerobic treatment system. As a general rule, add one to two chlorine tablets per person per week, but always refer to your owner’s manual for concrete instructions. Remember that you should never use pool chlorine, since it only serves to kill your grass without disinfecting the wastewater. Adding chlorine is easy: Just remove the lid of your system; drop in the chlorine; and put the lid back in place.

Check the spray fields

Be sure to regularly check spray fields, and replace broken or malfunctioning spray heads whenever you notice them. Never use irrigation sprinkler heads, since they’re not compatible with septic system requirements. Pay close attention to any puddles of water or foul odors coming from your system, as they’re a good indication that assistance from septic service professionals is needed.

Pay attention to what goes down your drains

Owners of a septic system (whether it’s conventional or aerobic) always need to remember that whatever you put down your drain will end up in your septic tank. There are many household items (e.g., chemicals and cleaners) that can impact the function of your system. In particular, chemicals and cleaners can kill the helpful bacteria that break down waste in the system; plus, they can eventually make their way out into the drainfield and be hazardous to the health of animals and people nearby. In short, always keep pesticides, varnishes, thinners and paints out of your drains.
In most situations, you can maintain your aerobic treatment system yourself, but there are some special circumstances where the help of a septic professional is absolutely necessary. Contact Countryside Construction Inc. today to learn more about how to maintain your aerobic treatment systems and how to promote efficiency and longevity of your waste treatment systems.

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