Installing aerobic systems

The invention of the aerobic septic system for residential properties is by far the most common and newest septic innovation in the last 20+ years. It allows homeowners who live in areas where there may not be enough space on the property for a conventional septic system with a adequate sized lateral field or where the available land may not perk well enough to sustain the use of a conventional septic system far a home comfortably. 


For instants if someone has a very small lot but has a conventional septic system and the system calls for X amount of feet of lateral lines, then that particular piece of property may be too small to install an adequate conventional septic system with a lateral field. In that case an aerobic system may be the only alternative if there is no city sewer near for the home to connect to.  


The other reason may be the area that the residence is located in may have a soil profile that contains lots of clay soil which doesn’t absorbed the affluent water well enough but does the opposite and holds water. They’re could also be a high water table in that area that for part of the year may contain too much water in the ground that could still over into the drainage field taking a burn necessary space for the homes in fluent water. This will cause back ups and other drainage issues for a conventional septic system. And this case and aerobic system would be the answer for that particular circumstance. The aerobic system  does not rely on the soils ability to absorb water but instead the aerobic system will disperse the affluent water with the way it’s designed by spraying the water on top of the ground for evaporation regardless of the soil‘s profile. Places where there is a high water table would not affect The functioning of the aerobic system ability to dispersed the affluent water because of the spraying design of the system. No matter how much it rains when the aerobic systems ejector pump is in activation mode it will pump the water from the tank and causes the water level to never be dictated by ground the weather. 


Alternative septic system permit.

Before installing any type of septic system the state requires detailed information before system can be installed. In the case of an aerobic septic system the state calls this and alternative septic system. That means that you’re putting in a system that is not a conventional system with conventional lateral lines to drain water and disperse through the soil. This type of system also requires a permit from the governing officials of the state. There are specific requirements and information that the state needs before it will issue a permit for an alternative septic system to be installed for your home.  This permit will be issued once detailed information about the property, size of home that will be built that the aerobic system will be servicing the waste water and where the dispersement of the Affluent water will be sprayed at. 

Where to install the tank of the aerobic system.

Once all the permits have been issued then the aerobic system can be installed. Ideally it’s good to know where on the property the home is going to be built and what kind of home such as a slab style or a manufactured crawlspace style home. We always recommend that you have your installer come out and look at the property before foundations are laid and poured for an accurate assessment of what will be necessary for the install. In some cases if the plumbing stubs out is too deep then it can add complications and unwanted added expenses to the system install. Such as having to have an additional tank installed with a grinder pump in order to pump the sewage up to the main septic system. This is because septic tanks can only be so deep due to potential collapsing of tank from the weight of soil on top of the system. The situation is can easily be avoided with proper planning and preparation from the builder homeowner and septic installer.

Once it is known where the plumbing will stub out from the house then the location for the septic system can be chosen and prepared for install.  Then we bring in heavy excavation equipment and leveling instruments to ensure that tank goes in level. If a tank is installed out of level it can and will cause serious issues concerning draining and can cause back ups as well. The excavation equipment is necessary due to the extreme size of the aerobic system. Depending on the make and model of the tank being installed this will determine how long and wide and deep the hole must be to place the aerobic tank in.  Once the tank is dropped inside the hole then the back filling process can begin. Note that after a tank is installed for a while it is common to experience settling around the tank which is very common. So extra dirt may be needed later on to  leveled out settlement around tank. 

We highly recommend when installing a septic tank that it’s not installed near trees or heavy shrubbery. The reason is that roots are one of the number one causes of tank replacements. If the roots infiltrate the tank the high nutrients in the water will cause the roots to rapidly grow and in some cases have completely taken over the septic system. When it comes to an aerobic system this is usually an issue that could result in having to replace the entire system.

Affluent water dispersement.

Once tank is installed then a trench must be dug into the designated spray area for the affluent water to be sprayed out of the sprinkler heads connected to the aerobic system. This part of the system is controlled by an ejector pump that is ran by a timer. The timer should be set to go off from 1 AM to 6 AM in the morning.

Once everything is installed and in proper position it is good to fill the tank up with water to prevent tank from floating int the event of rain and to connect unit to power once power is been stubbed out near the aerobic system and made ready for connecting up to system.