Should I ever turn off my system?
An aerobic treatment unit should not be turned off for two reasons:
1 – The bacteria in your aerobic septic system will start to die from lack of oxygen supplied by the compressor, therefore creating a foul odor when turned back on and producing contaminated effluent from the sprinklers.
2 – The wastewater in the system will fill up and flood all compartments of the tank, mixing solids throughout system, therefore producing contaminated effluent from the sprinklers.
What should I do if a light is on and an alarm is sounding?
There are two alarms which are designated by red and amber colored bulbs. Red represents a high water alarm (HWA). Yellow represents an aeration alarm (COMP). For each alarm light there is a corresponding audible alarm which can be muted and tested.
Where do I add chlorine?
Chlorine is put in the chlorine reservoir. For our systems, this will be a 4" PVC pipe sticking out of the ground above your tank. IMPORTANT! DO NOT PUT LIQUID BLEACH IN A TABLET CHLORINATOR OR VISE VERSA. Pool tablets can cause an explosion hazard.
Any type of liquid household bleach is acceptable, although generic brands tend to clog parts less frequently. If the bleach is concentrated, dilute to a one to one ratio. The bleach reservoir usually holds around three gallons. Do not put chlorine tablets in a liquid chlorinator.
“Sanitary” chlorine tablets are required. CAUTION, do not use swimming pool chlorine tablets, doing so could cause bodily harm and/or damage equipment or property. Do not put in more than four tablets at a time. Do not put liquid chlorine in a tablet chlorinator.
How much chlorine do I add?
IMPORTANT! DO NOT PUT LIQUID BLEACH IN A TABLET CHLORINATOR OR VISE VERSA. Pool tablets can cause an explosion hazard.
For our systems, add 3 gallons of bleach when the system is started up. Thereafter, add 1 gallon per month for normal usage. For heavier usage you may need to add additional chlorine. We offer a monthly reminder service to help you stay on track! Send us a message here to sign up.
Any type of liquid household bleach is acceptable, although generic brands tend to clog parts less frequently. If the bleach is concentrated, dilute to a one to one ratio.
Do not put in more than four tablets at a time. Depending on monthly wastewater entering system, average usage varies from 1-2 tablets a week. “Sanitary” chlorine tablets are required. CAUTION, do not use swimming pool chlorine tablets, doing so could cause bodily harm and/or damage equipment or property.
Should I add Riddex to the system?
There are only three circumstances where you should consider adding Riddex to your septic system:
Does my water softener affect my system?
Yes, in different ways depending on what type of salt is used, how much salt is used, and where the drain is plumbed.
It is recommended that the drain line for all water softeners bypass the treatment process and connect directly to the pump tank.
Potassium salt is more corrosive on the pump, but effects bacteria and plant life less than sodium salt.
Sodium salt is less corrosive on the pump, but effects bacteria and plant life more than potassium salt.
Is there a warranty on my system?
The aerobic treatment unit is warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship from the date of installation for a period of twenty four (24) months. The manufacturer’s sole obligation under the warranty shall be to repair or exchange any component, shipping not included, that in the manufacturer’s judgment is defective.
This warranty applies only to the treatment system itself and does not include any of the plumbing, drainage and/or disposal system or house wiring.
This warranty does not cover any system that has not been properly properly maintained, has been wired to 220v, has been flooded by any external means, has been infested by ants, has been disassembled by any unauthorized person or has had anything other than normal household wastewater introduced into it. Losses due to acts of nature are not covered by this warranty.
Do I need to add water to my system?
No, the aerobic treatment unit will be filled when installed, for the purpose of leak testing the tank and inspection of components . Once all of the proper connections have been completed, including drain lines, discharge lines, and electrical, the tank has been filled with water and the components have been tested, the system is now ready to operate and should be left on at all times.
Help! My system/sprayers stink.
My sprayers are spraying in the middle of the day.
Do I need a soil profile or perc test?
It depends. If you know you want an aerobic system, you do NOT need a soil profile or perc test. If you would like a conventional system, you will need one. The soil profile will determine if your soil type is acceptable for a conventional system and how many feet of lateral lines you will require. Estimates for conventional systems are based upon the lateral footage.
Where can I get more information?
You can call us at (405) 373-1540.
You can also visit the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality website.
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