Aerobic septic system problems occur more frequently then in anaerobic septic systems. In this blog we will discuss the workings of an aerobic septic system. We will compare aerobic and anaerobic systems and the differences between the two systems.
Aerobic is defined as living in the presence of oxygen or requiring oxygen in order to live.
Anaerobic is defined as occurring in the absence of oxygen or not requiring oxygen to live.
Anaerobic septic systems have been successfully used around the world for thousands of years dating back at least 2700 years to parts of Pakistan, China, Persia and Rome. In some parts Pakistan toilets were common in most households. Remains of underground septic lines have been unearthed proving proof of the existence of toilets, septic systems and drain lines.
In the United States toilets with the help of anaerobic septic systems have been used since the colonies arrived over 200 years ago. These systems have evolved into what is commonly referred to as an anaerobic septic tank and drain field. These systems are common throughout the U.S.
Anaerobic septic systems typically consist of a septic tank and drain field. The systems function without the assistance of pumps or aeration. The septic tank is usually divided into two sections, the first being the solid side of the tank where the digestion of solid waste takes place with the help of anaerobic bacteria. The second stage of the septic tank is where the digested liquid effluent is stored before natural hydraulics push the liquid effluent out into the drain field. The liquid leaches into the ground where another digestion process takes place within the soil. The liquid effluent is further filtered before it returns to the water table.
Aerobic septic systems are seldom more cost effective when compared to anaerobic septic systems. Aerobic septic systems are electrical mechanical. They contain components as well as seals, movable parts and at least one air compressor. Aerobic septic systems require regular maintenance the must be preformed are expensive to maintain and even more expensive to repair.
When choosing a septic tank and drain field it is usually in the best interest of the home owner to choose a anaerobic septic system that is comprised of a simple concrete tank and a drain field.
When anaerobic septic systems are treated with anaerobic beneficial bacteria on a regular basis, the systems will give the owner years of trouble free service.
When comparing the advantages and disadvantages of an aerobic system to an anaerobic system, the cost comparison reveals that it is considerably less expensive to install and operate an anaerobic septic system to an aerobic septic system.