Most homeowners devote little thought to what type of septic system they own and how it operates. However, understanding the various types of septic system helps you choose the best one for your home. Aerobic septic systems work a little differently than conventional septic systems. Is an aerobic septic system right for you?
What is an Aerobic Septic System?
Most people own conventional septic systems, so let’s make sure you know how conventional systems work. A conventional septic system connects all the pipes from your home to one primary drainage pipe. The primary pipe runs to a septic tank, which separates wastewater from excess “sludge.” The sludge remains in the bottom of the septic tank, while the wastewater is filtered through the tank into a drainfield. The soil in the drainfield continues treating the wastewater, which ultimately drains into the primary sewage system. It then flows to a treatment plant where it is filtered and sanitized.
An aerobic septic system accomplishes the same end goal. However, it approaches the task a little differently. Conventional systems rely solely on the septic tank to “settle” the sludge and remove it from the wastewater. In contrast, aerobic septic systems use additional oxygen to remove the sludge from the wastewater. The treatment is much stronger, which means the water is already fairly clean when it exits the septic tank.
Advantages and Disadvantages of an Aerobic Septic System
Like any appliance or system, aerobic septic systems have their pros and cons. Aerobic septic systems offer the following benefits.
- Treats water more thoroughly and efficiently than a conventional system
- Environmentally friendly
- Reduces drain field clogging
- Great for areas with high water tables
- Improves long-term septic system performance
- Conserves more water than a conventional system
- Increases the drainfield’s lifespan
An aerobic system does have its limitations and may not be right for you. Disadvantages of aerobic septic systems including the following.
- Aerobic septic system parts cost more to replace
- Installation costs more than a conventional septic system
- Must be insulated in cold climates
- Uses more power than a conventional system
- Must be properly ventilated
Which Septic System is Right for You?
So, if both systems do the trick, why bother with an aerobic septic system? It all depends on where you live. If you live in an area with a high water table, the steady release of conventionally-treated water raises the risk of clogging your drainfield. Additionally, the water can mix and contaminate.
Since aerobic septic systems treat water more effectively before draining it from the tank, you run far less risk of clogging the drainage area.
Ultimately, you must look at your budget, location, and needs as a homeowner. If you aren’t sure which septic system type is best for your situation, you can always consult a professional.
How Can We Help?
Norway Septic Inc. is a service-oriented company dedicated to providing excellent septic tank cleaning and septic tank pumping services to homeowners and business owners in the Michiana area. We take pride in doing the job that others leave behind. If you need a new effluent filter or if you would like to schedule a septic tank cleaning by one of our professionals, call us today.