Frequently asked questions about our septic aerator

How hard is it to install a SepAerator™?

A SepAerator™ is relatively simple to install. On average, a septic system contractor could install this product in a couple of hours, while a handy man homeowner might take a little longer. A complete Owner’s Manual with installation instructions comes with each SepAerator™ along with help if needed by our technical support staff.

Do I have to install risers and lids on my existing septic tank or can I just install the SepAerator™ components and cover them up?

Yes if you do not already have access with existing risers and lids to your septic tank you should install our riser and lid kit. The SepAerator™ Diffuser assembly is installed in the first/inlet compartment of your septic tank. You would very rarely need to remove the diffuser for cleaning with a garden hose (probably at the same time you pumped your tank, which should be every 3 to 5 years) so access to the diffuser is optional. On the last/discharge compartment of your septic tank our exclusive Air Driven Particle Recirculator would be installed. Septic tanks designed with single compartments should have this filtering device in order to eliminate the possibility of small particles from being forced into the secondary treatment system by the constant movement of water caused by the SepAerator™ diffuser. Although the filter within the Air Driven Particle Recirculator is the only one of it's kind on the market today, we would still recommend that it be removed and washed with a garden hose approximately every3 to 6 months. Two and three compartment septic tank reduces the likelihood of any particles exiting your tank because of the additional compartment walls, however the SepAerator's™ unique filtering assembly provides a final polishing of the discharge, which is very important step toward prolonging the life of an existing secondary treatment system or field.

Note: If these risers were a concern for mowing or cosmetics, a simple flowerbed or a couple of bushes would make them virtually invisible.

How much maintenance is necessary to keep the SepAerator™ functioning properly?

The maintenance on a SepAerator™ is simple and only takes a few minutes to perform. You would need to clean the small filter located on top of the air pump, with air or water, every 6 months. The septic tank filter would need to be removed and washed with a garden hose approximately every 3 to 6 months. Since this is a self-cleaning filter, some users are going in excess of a year before cleaning, but likewise under more heavy usage, such as extensive use of a garbage disposal or larger than normal numbers of people using the system, a more frequent cleaning could be necessary. With the riser and lid access this cleaning process could be done in a few minutes. The filter handle extends above the sewage line. Simply grasp the handle and pull the filter out of its housing and wash with a garden hose. Then reinstall filter back in the housing and place lid back on tank.

Can I remote locate the air pump and housing away from the Septic Tank?

Yes you can. We recommend that you keep the air pump within 80 feet of the Septic Tank. We highly suggest that you keep the air pump by the septic tank, which will eliminate the need to run extra air line, however we understand that cosmetically you might prefer to hide it.

Should I have my septic tank pumped before I install the SepAerator™?

Although the SepAerator™ will work very effectively and quickly in a septic tank that has not been pumped, we believe that it is important to remove all of the sludge that has built up in your septic tank over the years. The SepAerator™ diffuser assembly is designed to sit solidly on the bottom of the tank, which it cannot do if there is an excessive amount of sludge build up. Further without pumping a tremendous amount of sludge build-up would need to be broken down and turned into clear liquid before discharge could occur, which would slow the rejuvenation process down. Pump the tank and remove the anaerobic bacteria and sludge will allow the rejuvenation process to begin immediately.

Will I ever have to pump my septic tank again, after I install the SepAerator™?

There has been a lot of confusion and we believe misunderstanding in the marketplace that once the dynamic of a septic tank is changed from anaerobic bacteria (bacteria that grows in an environment without oxygen) to aerobic bacteria (bacteria that needs oxygen to grow) than you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars because you will never need to pump your septic tank again. This is absolutely false. Although the SepAerator™ will process waste in your septic tank to a clear and odorless discharge, there will always be a buildup of sludge and other materials that will not break down. Those would eventually have to be pumped out. We have a company that has been in the aerobic and septic system installation business for many years and service many thousands of aerobic and septic systems. It is usually our recommendation that either a septic tank or aerobic system be pumped every 5 years. We hear it all the time that some of our customers brag that they have had a septic tank for 10 years and have never had it pumped. My response to them is “That is why you have us here today looking at replacing your septic system. If you would have had it pumped regularly it would quite possibly have lasted much longer.” Pumping your septic tank every 3 to 5 years as a matter of routine maintenance is similar to changing oil in your car every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. You don’t have too, however if you do not, the repairs to your engine will usually cost far more than the initial expense of the oil change.

How soon will I be able to see results after I install the SepAerator™?

Generally the discharge from a septic tank will be clear and odorless within the first 2 to 4 weeks, after installing the SepAerator™. The clear and odorless discharge will pass into your secondary treatment system and begin working on the secondary treatment system immediately with noticeable results within the first 4 to 6 weeks. These results would include the water level in the septic system field dropping. By allowing the SepAerator™ to continue running the field or secondary treatment system will continue to clean itself by aerobic bacteria breaking down the buildup of waste that passed from the existing septic tank and is now clogging the secondary treatment system. By means of aerobic bacteria processing the waste build-up in the field, the life of that field should be extended by many years. This will save you many thousands of dollars versus a new septic system.

What type of electrical power does the SepAerator™ require?

The SepAerator™ air pump uses less than 2 amps, which is approximately the same as a household light bulb. The air pump simply plugs into a single 115v receptacle or weatherproof extension cord. Should you choose an application that includes additional wiring please contact a professional electrician. Electrical usage could be expected to cost approximately $6.00 per month.

Should I order the optional alarm and control panel with my SepAerator™ Premium package?

The alarm and control panel is designed to alert you when the air pump experiences a drop in air pressure. When the air pressure drops there is a possibility that the air pump diaphragms are beginning to wear out. We offer the best linear air pumps on the market, however the diaphragms will need to be replaced on even these top of the line pumps every 4 to 5 years. The separate control box contains a 115-volt receptacle, on/off switch, reset button, and other key components. It can also simply be plugged into a single 115v receptacle or weatherproof extension cord. Since you are adding the SepAerator™ to an existing system and improvements too your existing septic system will happen quickly, an alarm and control panel would not be a necessity. Should your air pump quit, many improvements and cleansing of the existing secondary treatment system should have already happened. You system would simply revert back to its anaerobic state, as it was originally designed, until you repaired the air pump. The air pump could be repaired immediately, or a year later when it could begin the cleansing processes all over again. Note: We highly recommend that the air pump is kept functioning and not turned off.

Why should I buy the SepAerator™ instead of a competitive product?

The answer to that is simple. The SepAerator™, (Septic tank aerator,) was developed by people who have been in the septic system installation/maintenance business since 1989 with a combined experience of more than 50 years. Our extensive experience, specifically in the aeration industry, installing and servicing aerobic systems as well as building aerobic systems for the past 14 years has been beneficial in designing the SepAerator. The purpose for developing the SepAerator™ is to provide those homeowners who have an existing septic tank the opportunity to quickly and inexpensively modify their existing septic tank system and take advantage of the latest aerobic technology available today. The most important component necessary to change the dynamic of a septic tank to the aerobic process is a proper sized air pump. Most competitive systems offer much smaller air pumps than we believe necessary.

The SepAerator™ utilizes the most popular air pump and size in the aerobic industry today. The second most important component is the diffuser assembly, which provides adequate air distribution along with proper effluent circulation to ensure the aerobic bacteria will be able to its job very quickly. Septic Solutions, Inc. developed the SepAerator™ diffuser assembly over many years with a simple but yet very effective design that will work as expected with minimal maintenance. The final and a very important component that sets our SepAerator™ far ahead of the competition is our innovative Air Driven Particle Recirculator. When the proper amount of air is added into a septic tank the effluent will begin moving in the tank in a fashion similar to a whirlpool. It is imperative that this movement does not cause any premature discharge of particles from the septic tank into the existing field or secondary treatment system. This is especially important if you have a single compartment septic tank. This can be accomplished with the addition of the right type of septic tank filter. Most septic tank filters can cause additional problems such as the need to clean the filter very often, and/or allow small particles to still pass through some types of filters. Septic Solutions, Inc. has addressed this through extensive testing and over time have developed our self-cleaning fixed media filter. This is the only one of its kind. It is very Easy to Install and Simple to Maintain.

Can Solar Powered air pumps be effective in the treatment of wastewater?

Unfortunately there are some companies promoting solar powered air pumps and floating diffusers as some type of septic to aerobic conversion kit. These types of products, fall into the category of “If it is too good to be true it probably isn’t.

First of all, small solar plates attached to a 12 volt battery powering an air pump tends to make one realize that a 12 volt battery can only power a very tiny air pump. Some companies promoting these types of products own information states that these solar powered air pumps produce .06 cubic feet of air per minute. That is 6 hundredths of 1 cubic feet of air per minute. The smallest air pump utilized in the Class 1 Aerobic Industry produces 2 cubic feet of air per minute. The average size air pump utilized in the aerobic industry produces 3.7 cubic feet of air per minute. At this rate a 3.7 CFM air pump would produce approximately 62 times as much air as some of these tiny solar powered air pumps.

Realistically when the average aerobic system’s standard air pump needs to produce 62 times as much air to work effectively than how effective can these tiny solar powered air pumps be? Speaking with the experience of someone that has been in the aerobic industry for the past 20 years I am not aware of even one aerobic company (there are more than 40) with a Residential Class 1 aerobic system using any form of solar powered air pumps. If they would work we would have been using them many years ago.

Further a 3.7 CFM pump only uses an average of $6.00 per month worth of electricity. You can hardly maintain a 12 volt battery for that.

Finally, the oxygen produced in any type of aerobic system must be introduced somewhere in the vicinity of the bottom of the tank. These tiny solar powered air pumps would hardly have enough power to force air to the bottom of a septic tank. Water weighs 8 pounds per gallon. A 1000 gallon septic tank would have approximately 8,000 pounds of liquid in it. It takes a considerable amount of head pressure for an air pump to force air somewhere towards the bottom in a tank with 8,000 pounds of pressure against it.

Clearly the solar powered tiny air pumps being promoted as aerobic conversion kits for septic tanks fall in the “Buyer Beware” category.

You can rest assured that all of the components that make up our SepAerator™ are top-notch quality products that have been tested and proven by Septic Solutions, Inc. to be reliable in the field, ensuring years of trouble-free service. Only the best of the best components make up our SepAerator™.

Why pay thousands of dollars for some competitive products, or perhaps as much as $10,000 for a complete septic system replacement, when you can add a SepAerator™ for a fraction of those costs?

Proven to be very effective, developed by people with more than 50 combined years in the septic system industry, why not let the SepAerator™ turn the primitive technology of your septic tank into a versatile wastewater-processing machine and extend the life of your septic system by many years? We are so confident in this product that we offer a 100% MONEY BACK Satisfaction Guarantee. You simply have no risks when trying the SepAerator™ while the Rewards will be Great! For further details please call and talk to one of our knowledgeable technicians.