Septic Tank Lids Are One of the Most Commonly Replaced Items in the System

What are the different parts of a septic system? 

Needing septic services is just another responsibility of homeowners that live in an area where having a septic system instead of relying on public waste disposal is necessary. What exactly does this mean, though? You may be familiar with having a septic tank inspection done – and you may even be experienced with the process of cleaning out and emptying a septic tank to essentially start fresh, but what else can happen? 

There are a few basic components of the septic system that you should know about, and they include: 

The holding tanks, where the wastewater travels through as it is cleaned and processed. There may be more than one chamber in a single tank, or two separate sections of tank – it depends on the construction of your septic system. 

The septic pump will help facilitate the water’s movement through the system, ensuring that the water is drained out and removed as it should be, even if the elevation of the tank is below the drainage field. 

Septic aerators may not be present in all systems, but when they are, they are used as a means for agitating the water and adding in oxygen, which helps to break down the bacteria and solids within the system. 

Septic tank lids and covers are the most exposed portions of your home’s septic system, and they act as the barrier – and an access point – for septic tank maintenance and care. These lids cover the openings of the system, giving inspectors and homeowners a way to more closely monitor the status of their system. 

Septic Services Cover a Broad Variety of Components 

When you schedule a septic tank inspection, you’re actually getting more than a simple visual inspection; you’re receiving a service from someone that is trained and highly capable of providing you valuable information that goes beyond giving you an “all clear” or telling you what is necessary to fix your septic tank components. The septic services provider will be able to tell you more about your system, give you some ideas as to changes you can make – the amount of water you use, the introduction of septic tank treatment products, whether or not your tank is on schedule for recommended use and drainage routines – this information is important, and getting it from a trusted source is even more important. 

As with all machines that feature moving parts, the ones that are in use most often will typically be the ones that need replacement first. Things like septic pumps, septic system aerators and even the septic tank lid (because it is removed and accessed during inspection and is commonly visible above ground) often need to be repaired or replaced before other things like drainage pipes, the tanks themselves or the screens, flaps or connectors within the systems

To learn more about what may be necessary for your septic tank, schedule an appointment for inspection today. It’s the first step in finding the right solutions for your septic tank, but it’s the most important, too. 

What is an aerator septic pump?

septic tank aeration

A septic system is a water treatment system that uses bacteria and soil to clean waste water in areas where there is no municipal water treatment system.  Two common types of septic systems are standard systems and systems that include septic tank aerators.

Standard system and septic aeration

In general, all septic systems work the same way: waste water from your home is pumped into a large tank where it settles into layers and bacteria work to break down solids.  Then, the waste water is usually pumped into a drain field where perforated pipes allow it to drain into the soil, which acts as a natural filter in the final step of the process. In a standard septic system, the bacteria work anaerobically – meaning with very little oxygen. This can be effective, but it does mean that bacteria work slowly and that water usually remains in the tank for about 24 hours.  Other septic systems include devices called septic aerators. These add air in the second compartment of the septic tank, which can encourage the growth of bacteria, allowing it to grow faster and work quickly to do what it needs to.

Advantages to septic tank aerators

The main advantage to using septic aeration is that the water is generally cleaner when it is pumped out of the tank compared to water pumped out of a standard septic system.  This can be especially important if:

  • Your septic system is located near a well:  Wastewater eventually mixes with the groundwater.  If it is cleaner when it exits the septic tank, you can worry less about contamination.
  • Your soil is not optimal for filtering:  Soil can include blends of sand, silt, and clay.  Some combinations filter better than others.
  • You have a high water table:  The water table is the level at which soil and gravel are completely saturated with water.  A high water table on your property can mean that there is less soil for the waste water to filter through, so cleaner water exiting your septic tank can be necessary.

Maintaining your system with septic aeration

Standard septic systems and septic systems that include septic aerators all require regular maintenance to keep them working properly.  The most important part of keeping your standard or septic aeration system working properly is to have it pumped regularly. This removes solids from the tank and limits the risk that the tank will get too full and allow solids to escape into the drain field causing clogs and damage. 

Another important part of keeping any septic system working properly is to be careful of what you put down the drain. Flushing things like wipes or using the garbage disposal too often can make your system less effective.Septic systems that include septic aerators sometimes require maintenance more often because they include electric parts.  You can learn more about septic aerators and septic tank maintenance products at