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aerobic septic systems introduce oxygen by pumping in air from outside

Here at Lee Kirk & Sons Septic, we want to help you take the best possible care of your septic system so that you never have to deal with the unpleasant results of a system failure. In our experience, homeowners make better decisions about the care and maintenance of their systems when they have a solid understanding of how they work. In this article, we at Lee Kirk & Sons Septic will provide a brief overview of an aerobic septic system and how it works so that you can make informed decisions about taking care of yours.

Standard septic systems and aerobic ones are very similar in their processes, with the major difference between them being that an aerobic septic system requires oxygen in order to function. Both types use bacteria to break down waste, but an aerobic system uses bacteria that thrive in an oxygen-rich environment, while a standard (or anaerobic) one uses bacteria that don’t require oxygen at all. Since most septic tanks are underground, aerobic septic systems introduce oxygen by pumping in air from outside. When maintaining your aerobic system, you’ll need to make sure that the technician checks the pump or blower as well as the other components to ensure that everything is working correctly.

We at Lee Kirk & Sons Septic have extensive experience working with both standard and aerobic septic systems, so you don’t have to worry that the differences will throw us off. If you want to make sure that your system is in the best hands, we encourage you to call our team to set up a maintenance schedule.