Operating Tips for Aerobic Systems
Your system is a biological treatment system designed to achieve a high degree of treatment
of domestic sewage. Providing routine maintenance and following the recommendations of the
owner's manual and your authorized servicing agent will help insure optimum performance and
eliminate the cost of unnecessary service calls. Please read the owner's manual and the
conditions of the warranty.
Only biodegradable products should be introduced into the system. Avoid cleaning products high
in chlorides, sulfides, and zinc. Harsh chemicals or large amounts of disinfectants are
undesired. Undesirable additions to the wastewater stream will poison and kill the available
aerobic bacteria and interfere with the treatment process.
Air compressors must run 24 hours per day. Timers should not be installed unless specifically
authorized by the servicing dealer. Wastewater treatment requires dissolved oxygen. It' simple -
inadequate air and you have inadequate treatment.
Never allow large, irregular, intermittent, or constant volumes of clear water into the system
as with a leaking toilet or faucet. Do not allow the water softener waste discharge line from fresh
water treatment systems to be connected to the system. Daily water flow must be within limits
of the unit's designed capacity.
Washing machines are responsible for large volumes of water entering the system all at once. This
surge of water can hydraulically overload the unit and interfere with the smooth operation of the system.
Space washings throughout the week rather than doing several loads a day.
Bleach: Chlorine bleach should be used very sparingly. Oxygen bleaches can be used in any form - liquid,
powder, or pellets.
Detergents: Low sudsing detergents should be used and liquid detergents are preferred. If powdered
detergents are used, only the concentrated forms are recommended. Filler materials used in the
"economy size" containers do not dissolve readily and can cause the filter to plug prematurely.
Never use more than the manufacture's recommended amount of detergent. If excessive sudsing or
foaming occurs during laundry, reduce the amount of detergent used to one half of the recommended
Drain Cleaners: Non-caustic biodegradable drain and toilet bowl cleaners are recommended when
available. Do not use toilet bowl cleaners such as 2000 Flushes or drain cleaners such as Drano.
Garbage Disposal: Care should be taken not to dispose of grease or fat into the disposal.
It will plug the filters and void the warranty. Food scraps should be scraped into the garbage
container and not flushed down the disposal.
Never flush paper towels, newspapers, wrapping paper, feminine articles, condoms, diapers,
cigarette butts, rags, or sticks into the system. Aerobic bacteria will only consume organic items.
Inorganic items do not belong in a sewage system.
Cooking Oils and Grease are troublemakers. The type of bacteria found in aerobic systems do not
live well in solidified grease. Grease and cooking fats should never be allowed to go
down the sink drain.