Anaerobic Septic Systems Fail
Anaerobic Septic Systems Introduction
Septic systems are a fantastic way to dispose of your household waste. They are easy to install and maintain, they do not require a lot of space, and they can even be used in areas where it would be difficult or expensive to get waste disposal service.
Unfortunately, most septic systems fail. If you live in an area where the soil is particularly sandy your system should last 20 years or more. If you live in an area with clay-like soil, then your system fails in 10 – 15 years
While most people think that a sewer is better than system self-contained septic system because they use less space and they cost less to operate this is not always true.
Anaerobic Septic Systems
An anaerobic septic system is a septic system that may not have been working well for a number of years. The wastewater escaping from the failed septic system causes an accumulation of toxic gas which can be lethal if inhaled. The source of the problem may be from a variety of causes, including failing components and/or improper design.
In some cases, anaerobic septic systems cannot be repaired. However, installing an Aero-Stream remediation system can reverse the failure of the septic system and return it to a fully functional system for about 10% of the cost of replacement.
Anaerobic (without oxygen) septic systems fail because they no longer effectively treat wastewater that flows through them with bacteria and other microorganisms to break down solid wastes into harmless byproducts before being discharged into the ground. When this happens, decomposition is limited by lack of oxygen; it becomes anaerobic instead of aerobic (like in aerobic compost piles).
Anoxic conditions favor some types of harmful bacteria over others; these produce unpleasant odors as well as other toxins such as hydrogen sulfide gas which can escape into your home’s indoor air if there are cracks or openings in your system pipes or drains outside where odors escape when you flush toilets indoors!
The failure process takes place over several years but usually begins when one component fails then others follow until eventually, all parts need replacement if repair attempts fail – making replacement costs extremely high due to labor downtime plus materials needed for repairs.”
Signs Of A Failing Septic System
The first sign of a failing septic system is slow drainage from the septic tank. Slow draining water can be rarely caused by roots growing through your drainfield, which allows waste products to flow over them instead of into the drainfield. It is more likely that the bio-matt in the drainfield has matured and not allowed the water to absorb into the ground. If this happens for an extended period, it could result in anaerobic conditions forming in your leach field and causing a backup in your plumbing system or sewage coming up through drains inside or outside around the septic tank and drainfield areas.
If you notice any of these signs, it is important to call Aero-Stream as soon as possible so we can troubleshoot your system and determine which areas that need attention.
Anaerobic Septic Systems May Cause The Following Problems
- Slow drainage out the septic tank. If a large amount of food scraps or other material is put down the drain, it can plug up your plumbing and slow down your drainage. This can result in backed-up drains and sewage backing up through toilets and drains located inside your home.
- Odors inside the house or outside around septic tank and drainfield areas. Anaerobic bacteria produce gases that are unpleasant smelling, so if anaerobic conditions exist in your system, you may have an odor problem to deal with!
Slow Drainage Into The Septic Tank
- Your septic tank field may not have enough capacity to disperse the wastewater. You can check this by filling up your toilet and timing how long it takes before the water levels in the tank return to normal. If it is more than five minutes, then you should consider calling Aero-Stream to troubleshoot your system
- The septic tank may be full of sludge and debris that will not allow water to drain out of it quickly enough when flushing a toilet or using other appliances in your home that use water (such as washing machines). This can be remedied by having an experienced professional come in and clean out any blockages or clogs within the system so that they do not build up again later down the road after the installation has already taken place successfully without any issues occurring during testing procedures done prior thereto.
Backup In Plumbing System Or Sewage In Building Drains
If you have a backup in your plumbing system or sewage in building drains, there are several things you can do to fix the problem.
If it is a major problem with your septic tank, then you may want to hire a pumper to come out and pump the tank. If it is more minor, then here are some steps for how to fix them:
- Clear the inlet baffle and the outlet baffle of debris using a long pole. Never enter a septic tank to make repairs as deadly conditions exist.
Odors Inside The House Or Outside Around Septic Tank And Drainfield Areas
- If you smell an unpleasant odor from the drainfield, this means that the anaerobic bacteria in your septic tank are not doing their job anymore and it is time for professional help.
- If you smell an unpleasant odor from the septic tank alone, this can be caused by poor access to air. You may need to open your septic tank for proper inspection when removing material from inside it.
- If you notice a bad odor coming from around the building drain or from inside the house around any drains (i.e., kitchen sink or bathtub), but don’t find evidence of leaks on these pipes outside, then there is likely something causing problems with these types of plumbing fixtures inside your home—usually due to toilet wax rings leaking air, leaking vent pipes, clogs or corrosion issues with these pipes themselves which allow them to leak wastewater into other areas where they shouldn’t be leaking at all!
In Most Cases, Anaerobic Septic Systems Can Be Repaired Using Aerobic Remediation
The following are some of the reasons for this:
- The septic tank rarely fails because they are made of durable material.
- The septic field is clogged with Bio-mat, which can be removed using an aerobic bacteria process.
- The septic field lines are made of durable materials and do not commonly fail.
- Even if the system was designed with a small capacity that does not meet the household’s needs; the aerobic process will manage two times or more the wastewater flow and still function well
Conclusion On Anaerobic Septic Systems
It is important to have a septic system that works well. It is also important not to take chances with your health and the environment by allowing a failing anaerobic septic system to exist at your home or business. If you have any questions about your septic tank and/or drainfield, contact us today! We can solve your failing septic tank problem and save you tens-of-thousands of dollars!
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