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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. Despite numerous private, university, and government studies reporting that septic additives don’t work with some reporting additives actual harming your septic system the fact is one “new generation” additive when applied appropriately and combined with septic aeration has a positive effect in restoring failing drain fields.

What “New Generation” Additive Works?

While septic aeration alone has long been proven to restore failed septic system experience has shown a simple, easy to obtain, and safe additive known as Sodium Percarbonate is extremely effective in speeding up the restore time of failing systems no matter what type of septic system you are restoring.

What is Sodium Percarbonate?

Sodium Percarbonate is an oxidant that is non-toxic to animals, plants, humans, and very environmentally friendly. According to standards of UN Food and Agricultural Organization, industry standards of Sodium Percarbonate as food additive have been made. In other words there are standards in place to use Sodium Percarbonate as a food additive to keep vegetables fresh in super markets.

Why Should You Add Sodium Percarbonate When Installing an Aerator?

We found customers that added Sodium Percarbonate to their system when installing an aerator greatly decrease the time it takes to restoring their failing septic systems. Failing septic systems that would previously take months to restore now regain function in weeks when adding just a few applications of Sodium Percarbonate. Failing septic system that previously took years to completely restore with just septic aeration restore in months when adding Sodium Percarbonate to the process.

When you install a septic aerator you convert your septic system from a anaerobic environment to an aerobic environment. Aerobic microbes need two things to thrive food and oxygen. Early in the restoration process food is never the limiting factor in creating a thriving population of aerobic microbes. Sodium Percarbonate is a very effective jump start to the restoration process.

Another benefit is odor. Septic aeration is an odor less process. However, after installing an aerator your system will release a strong odor for approximately 12 to 24 hours. This odor comes from the dying off anaerobic microbes. Adding Sodium Percarbonate at the same time you install an aerator virtually eliminates this early conversation odor.

Does Adding Sodium Percarbonate Without an Aerator Work?


A septic system without an aerator operates in an oxygen free environment. This oxygen free environment cause anaerobic microbes to grow. Sodium Percarbonate is an oxidant adding an oxidant to a non oxygenated system is defeating the propose.

Does SepticairAID Sell Sodium Percarbonate?

SepticairAID’s number one goal is to restore your septic system by building the best septic aerator with price and performance in mind. We are not interested in repackaging a common chemical that can be purchased in virtually any grocery store or found online for as cheap as 50 cents per pound and sell it for as much as 1500% markup like other septic company’s.

What is The Best Way to Apply Sodium Percarbonate and Where Can I Purchase It?

Call us at 1-800-671-5779 we would be glad to answer your questions.

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.
Learn How Septic Aeration Works.

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 SepticairAID Work on my Septic System?


SepticairAid is 100% guaranteed 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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