everything you need to know about your home septic system

everything you need to know about your home septic system

Why Does Your Aerobic Septic Filter Clog?

by Suzanne Wilson

If you have recently moved to a property with a small footprint, then you may have a special type of septic system. Specifically, an aerobic system may be installed. This system does require some added maintenance, including keeping the outlet filter free of clogs. Keep reading to learn about some things that can lead to clogs and how they can be avoided.

Flushing Disinfectants

Aerobic septic systems use a series of different containment tanks and a small scale drainage field that deals with the fluids that release from the tanks. Aerobic systems break down waste much more quickly and effectively than traditional septic systems. This has a lot to do with the type of bacteria within the tank itself. Specifically, the aerobic system uses bacteria that require oxygen to survive. 

The aerobic bacteria are highly susceptible to disinfectants, since these products are typically used in the home to kill aerobic bacteria on counters, floors, and other surfaces. And, killing the bacteria will stop the waste breakdown process. As waste start to fill the tank, the solid matter comes into contact with the filters that attach to each of the outlet pipes and they become clogged.

So, avoid flushing any cleaning product that contains a disinfectant down your drain. Bleach, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and rubbing alcohol are a few examples. And, you do not want to discard unused antibiotic medications by flushing it either, as this will have the same effect on the bacteria. 


If you have recently moved into your new home, then you may still be investigating the residence. This means that it is possible that you have not looked at the size of your septic tank. And, if you have one that is too small, then you may be overloading the unit. In this case, the bacteria cannot break down solid waste quick enough. The waste builds up in the tank more quickly than it should and this causes the filter clog issue. 

Also, too much water and other fluid may be entering the tank. This can force the water to mix with the solid waste, resulting in the waste coming into contact with the filter.

The good news is that water overloading issues can often be solved by adding a more powerful aerator and pump to the unit, so speak with your septic system repair professional about this. If this is not possible though, then you may need to look at low flow devices to reduce the amount of waste and water that enters the main containment tank. 


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