Do I Need an Aerobic Treatment System Installation?
If you’re preparing to get a septic tank installed, you may have heard that one of your options is getting an aerobic treatment system. There are several benefits to having an aerobic septic system over a traditional septic tank. If you’ve had concerns about treating waste water in your property, the amount of space you have available surrounding your septic tank, or other worries, the answer may very well lie in this underestimated component.
What Is an Aerobic Treatment System?
Any household not served by municipal sewers has a septic tank to treat wastewater. In a normal septic tank, wastewater is discharged into the surrounding soil, while heavy solids settle to the bottom of the tank.
A sewage plant, on the other hand, treats the waste water more fully so that it’s disinfected before being discharged.
An aerobic septic system treats waste like a municipal sewage plant does, but on a much smaller scale. Aerobic systems inject oxygen into the treatment tank. This additional oxygen provides additional treatment for the nutrients. By treating waste using anaerobic process rather than an anaerobic process (which doesn't use oxygen), this improves the quality of the waste water.
The treatment is done in four different stages:
Pre-treatment, where the solids are separated from the waste water.
Aeration chamber, where the air mixes with the waste water using a blower or air compressor to support it promotes bacterial growth to aid the digestion of the solids.
Disinfection, where an additional treatment, such as chlorine or UV light, is added.
The final treatment disposal, where the effluent is discharged.
Why to Consider Aerobic Treatment for Your Septic System
Using an aerobic septic system is, in comparison to a traditional septic system, a way to provide a secondary treatment for an effluent in a septic tank. Because an aerobic system creates a higher quality effluent than a septic tank, the output can be discharged in areas that are not suitable to a traditional septic tank.
If the owner of a property is living near a body of water, this could mean there is a high water table below the surface. Using a traditional septic tank would not be safe in some such areas and conditions, as the wastewater could leach into water used for drinking. Using an aerobic septic system treatment means the wastewater is treated with oxygen and is usable in more areas. In addition, it is a greener option, is fantastic for water conservation, and can be a great way to extend the longevity of a traditional septic system.
Choosing an Aerobic vs. Anaerobic System
Ultimately, the choice between an aerobic and an anaerobic septic system will come down to a few factors. How much room do you have surrounding your tank? (An aerobic system can reduce the needed space for your leach field by half.) How much are you willing to spend, both up front, and in the long run? (An aerobic system will cost more up front than an anaerobic one, but it can extend the life of your system overall and require fewer maintenance costs in the long term.) And, as mentioned before, will your septic system be located near a body of water? Location will have a big effect on what type of system will be best overall.
With these factors in mind, an aerobic treatment system is an excellent investment up front. Because it provides a higher level of effluent treatment in comparison to traditional septic tanks, it can offset the initial costs in many ways.
If you are looking at your options for installing a new septic tank, Texas Pride offers professional aerobic treatment system installation services, as well as other septic tank repairs and services. Give us a call today to find the best option for you and increase the longevity of your septic system.