Aerobic Septic System Maintenance on a Control Panel
Inspection is required on all aerobic septic systems at least once every 4 months to keep your system in good working order. Below is a video by Jim Carnes of Carnes Enterprise performing maintenance on a control panel. He replaced a Clear Stream control panel with an SPI Septic System Control Panel, which he prefers.
Recently, I had a question from a homeowner. He wanted to know about the control panel on their aerobic septic tank. He told me they had to replace it twice in 6 years, which cost them a lot of money. The question was why?
Answer. Sewer systems have gasses that are harmful, and along with the chlorine can destroy electrical parts. A house has vents on top with pee traps at the sinks and toilets, so if everything is working right, when you flush or turn the sink on, water and solids go to the septic, the gasses come back through the pipe and vents out the top of the house.
If your vents are clogged, the gasses go the easiest way out (control panel). Now the vents could be the problem, or there is a belly in the pipe in between the house and the septic tank. We found out that was the problem.
A new customer asked me a question recently, so I thought I would put the answer on this blog and the website. This is certainly something to Blog about, and in the future, I’ll try to cover questions posed to me by customers.
Question: if my aerobic septic system smells septic, do I add chorine?
Answer: Probably won’t help, there are three situations that could be causing this.
Air compressor is out or not putting enough air in system.
The diffuser stones might be clogged.
The system might be getting hydraulic overload, might be a toilet leaking, or extra people or visitors are staying over.
If you have a problem with your aerobic system, please call me and we can help. I would love to solve your aerobic septic system problem.
With large sections of the state experiencing exceptional or extreme drought, it is crucial that Texans do their part to Take Care of Texas and conserve water. The TCEQ’s Take Care of Texas program demonstrates how to construct a rain barrel and harvest rainwater in your own yard. Homeowners and landowners can build simple or complex systems to capture, store and use rainwater to water their landscape plants.
You are welcome to come by Carnes’ Enterprise and see a huge rain water barrel in action.