Septic101 : What is an Aerobic System?

Aerobic Septic System - What is that?

Aerobic Septic System - What is that?

Aerobic Septic System - What is that?

Wait... if my septic system is an aerobic system, does this mean it likes to work out?

Shocking, but the answer is no. But like an aerobic workout, an Aerobic Treatment Unit (ATU) uses oxygen to produce results. In the case of an ATU, oxygen is used to increase the production of natural bacteria to treat the wastewater that comes into the system. By injecting oxygen, good bacteria is put into hyper-speed, making the breakdown and processing of waste much more efficient, expediting the process of treatment.

Think about it like this: this is generally the same process that is used in a municipal setting, just on a much smaller, residential scale. Basically, you have to be able to treat the wastewater so it can effectively be re-purposed in a clean and safe manner.

**DIAGRAM: An Aerobic treatment unit takes wastewater into a treatment tank, treats the wastewater using efficient bacteria & oxygen to expedite the process, then redistributes the water in a clean and efficient way. Image courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension . For more information on Aerobic treatment units, click here.

How to tell if you have an Aerobic System

Does this system/property have a maintenance provider?

If the answer is yes, then you probably have an aerobic system. All installed aerobic systems are required by law to have a maintenance provider, either a company or a certified homeowner. This typically consists of three visits per year to ensure the biological components of the system are working smoothly and are a health hazard to the general public.

Does the system have a control panel?

If the answer is yes, chances are the system in question is an aerobic system. Now this isn't a guarantee, as there are other types that have control panels; however this could be an easy to identify sign pointing you in the right direction

Still Not Sure if You Have an Aerobic System?

No problem! Give us a call. We'll be happy to do a quick and easy analysis letting us know if you have an aerobic system.

This is a lot . . . Why does knowing the type of system matter?

The bottom line is, it matters because as the owner or property representative, it is imperative to know what you're working with so in case any issues arise, they can be properly addressed. Each type of system has different needs, so knowing the KIND of system a property has can help negate any issues that may arise from the offset in an expedient manner.

Too much to remember? We get it. So contact Paramount Wastewater at to let us help you figure out what your clients need. We know Septic Systems can be VERY confusing if they're not your business. But they are OUR business. Whether its a client that just bought a home or a client who is trying to sell, let us help your client understand their septic needs.