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Answers to commonly asked questions about septic aeration. Does septic aeration work? How it works


  Septic Aeration Questions & Answers

1. Should I use Additives and Do They Work?

The not so simple answer is Yes and No.

When it comes to septic systems No other subject is more misunderstood and confusing then septic system additives. Numerous private, university, and government studies reporting that septic additives don’t work with some reporting additives actual harming your septic system.

2. Does Septic Aeration Really Work?

Septic aeration has been around for nearly a century, with the first documentation of using diffusers to release oxygen to break down sewage dating clear back to 1916.

In approximately 1946 ATU's (aerobic treatment units) were being used on a limited basis as septic aeration moved from municipal wastewater treatment into household systems. These first ATU’s were expensive alternatives to conventional septic system used to replace failing systems or required or forced on home owners when soil conditions or lot size prohibited conventional system. Today, in many states, if your current system fails there is a strong possibility you will be forced into a permanent aerobic system. Depending on engineering costs these ATU’s can reach over $30,000.

The Discovery of a Phenomenon

The first discovery of the phenomenon that septic aeration shrinks the bio mat slime and restores function to a failing drain field is hard to pin point. Extensive research shows strong evidence that it happened somewhat simultaneously in a number of locations around the world in the late 1960’s.
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The Retrofit Septic Aeration Industry is Born

The 70’s and early 80’s would see a number of different companies enter the market that offered septic aerators designed to install into existing conventional septic systems. 1985 would see one the first official government and industry monitored study. Today the universities, government, and industry studies number in the dozens. All reporting what countless home owners already knew……..If your Septic System is Failing…… Septic Aeration Restores it!

The Journal of Environmental Quality Reported: "Using aeration has been successful in restoring hydraulic function in more than 60 failed onsite wastewater treatment systems in the eastern United States."

Purdue University Department of Agronomy and Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in Doc HENV-14-W States: "Retrofit aerobic treatment devices have been found to restore the original functioning of drain fields in a matter of months."  the study concludes with:
Drain fields that become too thick due to excess organic matter or water can reduce the system’s effectiveness and result in system failure. Normally, there are three options for reducing the organic matter load on the soil absorption field and correcting this problem:
1. Construct an additional soil absorption field
2. Rest the absorption field for an extended period
3. Install a septic aeration unit

The references of the history, effectiveness and merit of septic aeration and retrofit septic aerators is far to vast to cover in a FAQ section. Visit the link to discover more: Septic aeration studies and technical documents

3. If Septic Aeration Works, Why do the Septic Experts Ignore the Studies and the Tens of Thousands of Failing Septic Systems Successfully Restored by Installing a Septic Aerator?

Lloyd Kahn author of, The Septic System Owners Manual, the bestselling book on septic systems and the waste water industry sums it up best when he wrote:
Unfortunately, the availability of clean water grants has created a "pork barrel" industry in various parts of the country, where unnecessarily expensive and ecologically disruptive wastewater plans are being forced on unsuspecting communities. Not only small towns, but individuals as well, now have to cope with overly restrictive regulations, and the cost of septic systems has skyrocketed.

It may have started 15 years ago in California, when engineers began to convince health officials that the tried and tested gravity-fed septic system did not work (at least in a majority of cases). Where previously you could install a gravity-flow system, homeowners now had to install high-tech, expensive, electricity-powered "mound" systems. My septic system cost less than $3000 in 1972, and it has worked beautifully for 34 years now. My neighbor, maybe 500 feet away, with the same soil profile, recently had to install a $40,000 mound system.

Restoring your septic system for less then $1000 and keeping it working for a life time is a complete conflict of interest to the whole "pork barrel" industry who profit from replacing failing septic systems. If you have a septic system the question isn’t if you will encounter an industry completely out of control fueled by the billions of dollars it makes on homeowners every year the real question is WHEN. But don't just take our word on the scale of the problem the links below are what others are saying.
The Amazing Government Septic Scam
Septic System Owners Manual: Chapter 10

4. Should I Invest in an Aeration System?

When considering if investing in a septic aeration system is money well spent ask yourself how much you would be willing to spend to avoid having to replace your septic system with a new one. Few people realize that old systems are now replaced with advanced systems. Not only do these advanced systems cost tens of thousands more than old style gravity feed systems; the new systems are registered and monitored by the government agencies. Homeowners are then required to provide proof that the system is pumped yearly or bi yearly. For instance if you were required to install a permanent aerobic septic system the cost could reach $40,000 and comes with a required scheduled monitoring at the expense of the homeowner. These yearly monitoring costs can run anywhere from $300 to $500.

5. Will Septic aeration Work on my Septic System?

We guarantee to restore and maintain every septic system configuration including: conventional drain fields, trenches and chambers, gravel and pipe fields, seepage pits, mound systems, sand filters, dry wells, lagoons and cesspools.

6. How and Why Does Septic Aeration Restore Systems?

The waste in a septic system breaks down when naturally occurring microorganisms consume the organic material in sewage. Adding a septic aerator encourages the growth of naturally-occurring aerobic microorganisms as a means of treating effluent. These aerobic microbes are the reason septic aeration works so well. Microbes prefer aerobic conditions to anaerobic conditions. As shown in image on the left, aerobic bacteria (microorganisms that consume both organic matter and oxygen) are 50 times larger and far more efficient than anaerobic bacteria at digest organic matter. When dissolved oxygen is introduced (septic aerator), microorganisms in decomposing organic matter consume oxygen dissolved in the water. The more dissolved oxygen the septic aerator can introduce the more aerobic microbes can live to consume organic matter.

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