Typically found in areas of the country without access to municipally provided wastewater treatment plants and facilities, septic systems are an important element in the management of waste in these areas. Properly maintained and managed, these household waste management systems are designed to comply with local, state and federal specifications and must meet strict environmental standards to protect the quality of groundwater in the area. Most states require extensive documentation and impose strict requirements on the size, configuration and drainage field sizes necessary for each septic tank size. Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitors larger septic systems to ensure their compliance with the provisions of the Clean Water Act of 1972. While most existing septic systems are grandfathered in under these requirements and are not subject to the increased degree of government oversight required with new systems, any septic failure can eliminate this protection and put the full force of current state and local regulations into play.
Frequent pumping may indicate a problem
For older septic systems, repeated overflows, backups and required pumping may be signs of imminent system failure. Taking steps immediately to remediate the problem can often help homeowners avoid the expense and added regulatory involvement that can accompany septic system failures. If left untreated, failing septic systems may require complete replacement at a cost of thousands of dollars and disruptive construction for weeks or months. Worst of all, these new systems will be governed by stricter codes. In many cases, homeowners will be forced to pay for annual inspections for the new septic tank and drain field to ensure the effectiveness of these components and to prevent groundwater contamination from improperly functioning systems. One serious failure could add up to increased maintenance and inspection costs for many years to come.
Remediation is the cheaper course of action
Most homeowners can save money and stress by taking steps to maintain and remediate any septic tank problems immediately. When odors are observed around the septic tank area or when tanks require drainage more frequently than is normal and expected, it may be time to consider installing a septic aerator to improve the efficiency of the system by increasing the rate of breakdown of solid wastes and other particulate matter inside the septic system.
Septic aerators get results
Aerators like those sold by Aero-Stream provide oxygenation within the septic tank. This promotes the growth of aerobic bacteria, which are far more effective at breaking down the waste materials in the septic system. This faster rate of decomposition can allow water to filter through the system more rapidly and cleanly. Aerobic bacteria can often produce amazing results for homeowners struggling with an inefficient or failing septic tank system.
For many homeowners, septic aeration systems provide a valuable and viable alternative to replacement of old and failing septic systems. By incorporating powerful aerobic bacterial action into the decomposition process within the system, homeowners can often prolong the life of their systems and avoid costly intervention by local or state authorities due to critical system failures.