Dean's Septic Systems
OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND SERVICING
WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS
It has become increasingly clear in recent years that the proper
operation, maintenance and servicing of ALL onsite systems is crucial to
production of safe and acceptable effluents to protect human health and the
Wastewater Treatment Systems are one type of alternative onsite treatment
method. Individual aerobic systems,
which are properly designed, installed, operated and maintained, are capable of
producing extremely high quality effluent.
systems of this type work by using the bacteria that nature has provided.
The bacterium in your system is alive and if you abuse your system by
putting harmful agents down your drain, the bacteria will die.
These are living beings (bacteria) in your system and if you kill them
off by putting chemicals, etc., then your system will not work and will
eventually turn into just a septic tank.
By introducing air into the system, the bacteria grow and thrive in much
larger amounts than would occur naturally.
The overpopulation of bacteria speeds up the process of breaking down
domestic wastewater, making it safe for release into the environment. With the
mosquito problems in Louisiana, mainly encephalitis and the West Nile Virus, it
is crucial that ALL systems work properly. If there is a system in your
neighborhood that is not working properly and is causing a mosquito problem,
please call your Health Department. REMEMBER: CLEAN WATER DOES NOT SMELL.
wastewater treatment systems require some level of maintenance.
Even though the physical and biological processes occur automatically in
an aerobic treatment unit, it is important that both operation and maintenance
requirements are followed to ensure the aerobic treatment units perform to their
capabilities. The user’s point of
view should be that nothing that cannot be ingested by the user should be
disposed into the system. Items
OTHER THAN toilet paper and mild detergents should not be put in the system.
One distinct difference between an aerobic onsite system and other types of alternative systems (septic tanks) is, that homeowner abuse reveals itself much sooner producing a “warning” that the system is malfunctioning. This “warning,” usually in the form of an odor or alarm indicator, allows a timely response to the problem rather than waiting for a complete failure to occur. In this way a quick response insures correction before a danger to human health or the environment can occur. It is the homeowners responsibility to “police” what is going into your system so that your system and equipment will not be damaged from abuse.
THE FOLLOWING “DO’S AND DON’TS” SHOULD BE
PRACTICED BY THE HOMEOWNER:
not dispose of grease, fats, and oils in the system.
Do not dispose of pesticides, herbicides, or any other toxins in the
The garbage disposal should be used sparingly.
Food waste, grease, etc., should be disposed of in the solid waste
bin. Food waste represents additional loading of the aerobic
treatment unit and would have to digest, increasing
pump out intervals. Do not
dispose of citrus products (oranges, lemons, grapefruit) or cantaloupe,
watermelon, etc. Seeds will stop up your sprinkler heads.
Do not dispose of paints, household chemicals, automobile fluids, or
discard mop water into the system.
NEVER dispose of items such as lint, cooking grease, scouring pads, diapers,
sanitary napkins, tampons, feminine
hygiene products, condoms, hair, coffee grounds, paper towels,
bandages, cotton balls, cotton swabs, cleaning rags, dental floss, strings,
cigarette butts, rubber or plastic products, paints and thinning agents, drain
cleaners or other harsh chemicals in the system. Do not wash shag rugs, the
strings will damage your aerator shaft.
Do not use toilet tank drop ins.
Do not use swimming pool chlorine tablets if you are chlorinating.
These tablets will harm your equipment and kill your grass. We have the chlorine tablets that are specifically for
wastewater treatment systems. EPA
DOES NOT ALLOW THE USE OF SWIMMING POOL TABLETS.
Do not use additives for septic systems, such as Rid-X - these will harm
your system. We have found that Rid-X will cause your flowers and trees to
die when this water is sprayed on them from your sprinkler lines.
Also, people are selling products door-to-door and by telemarketing
stating that it is good for aerobic systems.
This is false and they should not be put in the system.
If you are contacted by anyone doing this, you can call your Better
Business Bureau to find out if there have been complaints against them. There is
a liquid bacteria that we carry that is made especially for these systems.
We also carry a product for grease build-up in your pipes.
We are a member, in good standing, of the Better Business Bureau.
Do not connect other water sources to the system to prevent a hydraulic
Do not dispose of home brewery waste - strong medicines, antibiotics.
Anti-bacterial soaps should be avoided.
Do not use strong disinfectants or bleaches or cleaning products such as:
Lysol, Pine-Sol, Tidy Bowl, Drano or discharge from water softeners.
These should all be avoided. Recommended
detergents are low-sudsing, low phosphates and biodegradable, with washing soda
ingredients. Fabric softener dryer
sheets are recommended instead of liquid fabric softener.
WE RECOMMEND ARM & HAMMER SOAP, SAM’S CHOICE (WITHOUT BLEACH),
WHICH CAN BE PURCHASED AT WAL-MART or Shaklee detergent.
Do not use bleach or detergents with bleach.
DO NOT USE TIDE, ALL, CHEER OR OTHER HIGH SUDSING DETERGENTS.
All Shaklee products are excellent for your system.
We are a Shaklee Distributor and will be glad to answer any questions
that you might have regarding these products.
Oxi-Clean can be used instead of bleach. Recommended
cleaning products are non-chlorine, biodegradable, nontoxic and non-corrosive.
IMPORTANT: Do not cover your aerator lid (the one with the vent) with
dirt. This blocks the air from
getting to the aerator and will ruin your aerator.
DO NOT PLANT BUSHES ON OR AROUND YOUR SYSTEM.
IF OUR SERVICE MAN CANNOT GET TO THE SYSTEM THEN IT WILL NOT BE SERVICED.
ALSO, IT CANNOT BE PUMPED OUT IF THERE ARE BUSHES IN THE WAY. Make sure
that you poison for fire ants around your system.
These ants will destroy your wiring and will be very costly to repair and
replace. Check the fresh air openings in each vented cover monthly to
make sure the passage of air into the tank has not been restricted.
Check your control box daily to make sure the red light is not on, which
indicates that there is a problem with the system. The new control boxes have an
audible alarm to alert the homeowner that there is a problem.
Please check with Dean’s Septic Systems if you are interested in one of
these control boxes.
If you take large amounts of antibiotics, this can affect your system
through your body waste. NEVER
dispose of iodine, old medications, gauze, Band-Aids, tape, cotton balls,
Q-Tips, etc. in your system.
If you have a darkroom in your home for developing film, NEVER discard
the chemicals into your system
Repair any leaking faucets or toilets so that they will not flood your
Divert down spouts and other surface water away
from your system.
NEVER allow backwash liquid from a water softener to enter the system.
NEVER use the power supply to the aerator as a service receptacle for
lawn and garden tools.
NEVER interrupt power to the control box, even during extended periods of non-use. If you anticipate a long term vacancy, contact the local distributor for proper procedures. If your sprinklers are not working this could mean that your pump is not working. If you do not see your sprinklers working, check the main breaker box for your house to see if the breaker for the septic system is tripped
If your aerator trips the button on the control box the red light will
come on. If it does this three
times, it is time to analyze to find the problem.
It is the homeowners responsibility to make sure that the aerator does
not get under water. If the aerator
gets under water it voids all warranties. When
the aerator is checked at our shop, we can always tell if it has been under
water. Check your control box daily
to make sure that the red light is not on. We do have audible control boxes if you are interested.
******* IMPORTANT: PLEASE WATCH FOR SNAKES AND SPIDERS AROUND THE LIDS OF YOUR RISERS. OUR SERVICE MAN HAS HAD MANY CLOSE CALLS WHEN TAKING THE LIDS OFF THE RISERS.
of the ready-made solutions we purchase to clean and maintain our homes contain
poisonous or toxic chemicals (see attached list). While the labels on these products contain signal words
(caution, warning, danger or poison) to alert us about proper use or potential
harm, many do not list the chemical ingredients in the product or hazards
associated with the chemical. In
most cases, safer alternatives are available.
The basic ingredients listed below can be mixed or used alone for many
household cleaning tasks. Also, in
the event of an accident, these ingredients can be identified by most consumers
and health care professionals.
BASIC CLEANING INGREDIENTS
Cleaner, disinfectant, laundry aid, water softener
Cleaner, deodorizer, stain remover
Cleaner, deodorizer, grease cutter
Cleaner, laundry aid, grease cutter, stain remover, water softener,
It can be found in the laundry section of grocery stores
near the dry bleach.
* These products are not completely
nonpoisonous but are less toxic than their ready-made counterparts.
wastewater treatment systems are a safe, simple, and a cost-effective method of
treating waste onsite. With a small
amount of care in the operation and maintenance of the system, aerobic
wastewater treatment units will provide extremely high quality effluent and
fulfill an important need where conventional systems are not effective.
The service provider cannot know what the homeowner is putting in the
system, only the homeowner knows that, so please follow these guidelines and
your system will work properly. The
service provider can always tell when the homeowner is abusing the system but we
cannot always pinpoint what the homeowner is putting in their system that is
harming it. Our goal is to have
happy customers so please contact us if you have questions about your system.
Septic Systems has the exclusive distributorship with Norweco, Inc., and we are
the only company in the North Louisiana area authorized to install, sell parts,
service your system and issue Service Contracts on Norweco Wastewater Treatment
Inc., to service their residential and commercial systems, also endorses us.
Also, we do write Service Contracts on Jet systems.
JUST REMEMBER: CLEAN WATER DOES NOT SMELL. Call us immediately if your system has an odor so that we can
correct the problem.
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Maintenance and Servicing of systems 08/22/03