If you’re just the average homeowner then you probably don’t know much about septic systems. This means you probably don’t know that there are conventional and aerobic septic systems. These two septic systems differ in how they function, the maintenance they require, and even in how much they can cost you. In this blog, we’ll be taking a dive into each of these systems so that you can make an educated decision on which system may be better for your home.
Conventional Septic Systems
Conventional septic systems may also be referred to as Anaerobic systems. These systems are significantly simpler than the aerobic systems. The system intakes waste to the septic tank where solids will sink to the bottom forming a sludge. The water waste from your home will enter the same tank and float to the top creating a scum layer. Anaerobic bacteria in the tank will then break down solids so that it can pass through the pipes and into a systems drain field (final step). This requires that the soil in the drain-field is able to absorb the waste in its final stage in order to have successfully completed its job.
Aerobic Septic Systems
The aerobic systems are more costly and also require more components. These systems have 3 major sections; a trash tank, a treatment plant, and a pump tank. Each of these 3 components plays a role in the breakdown of your home’s waste. These 3 components can be installed as 3 different units or as part of one larger unit. The system begins working when waste enters the trash tank where liquids and solids are separated. Oxygen is then pumped into the tank to create bubbles (think fish tank) which are necessary for the aerobic bacteria to thrive. The waste is then cycled through the pump tank to be treated with chlorine before it’s then released to a drain field. This septic tank is more effective, breaks down material quicker, and ultimately removes more pathogens.
Pros and Cons: Which Should I Consider?
Now that you’ve had a brief rundown of both kinds of septic systems you may be wondering “okay? So which one is better?” The simple answer here is that both systems will get the job done. But let’s look at some more specific pros and cons for each system and compare the two.
- Aerobic bacteria are more effective than anaerobic. It can also withstand household cleaning products better. However, it’s not as great at breaking down inorganic material leading to a higher chance of clogs.
- Aerobic systems are overall more expensive to maintain because they require mechanical parts as well as electricity.
- Aerobic systems typically offer alarm systems that will alert you to any issues with the septic system. This can be helpful because it decreases the likelihood of missing an issue. You are less likely to let an issue fester if you have an alarm.
- Both systems are environmentally friendly as long as they are properly used and maintained.
JT Septic is your Claremore area septic expert. Our knowledgeable and certified team is able to help you with both conventional and aerobic systems. We have the ability to help you maintain both and also to install both. Should you have any questions pertaining to septic systems please feel free to give us a call. Our experts are always available to assist you (918) 406-5620!