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Once upon a time there were two identical Aeration Septic Systems.  They were both the same size, installed on approximately the same size homes, both installed by the same contractor within approximately one year of each other.

One, the one shown on the right (top picture), was owned by Scotty DoRight.  Scotty followed the recommendations given him by the manufacturer and the service provider and was very diligent where maintenance was concerned.  He purchased a service contract for his system and was careful not to do anything to upset the biological action taking place in the system with harmful chemicals.  This system thrived and went many years without any mechanical issues, alarm events or pump outs.  Scotty’s system was happy, healthy, and did not pollute the environment.  That, along with the low operations cost, made Scotty very happy.

The other, owned by Sandy McCrappy was a very unhappy system.  It is the one pictured on the right (bottom picture).  Sandy ignored all of the papers that she was given at installation.  She ignored all of the advice given to her at the time of installation by the contractor and the public health department as to how to properly operate and maintain her system.  As a result, about every two years she had to call a service provider because her alarm was going off.  The service provider informed her that there were no mechanical problems and she needed to schedule a pump out.  This made Sandy very unhappy as well. Sandy tried to blame the manufacturer of the system, and that did not work.  Then Sandy tried to blame the installer for doing a bad job.  After that, Sandy tried to blame the Health Department for not making the manufacturer and the installer, “make it right.”  Sandy blamed every one except the guilty party, HERSELF!  Sandy had to pay the pump bill, and after listening to another round of advice from both the manufacturer’s representative and the health department she said she’d try to change her ways.  But, to no avail, She apparently forgot everything that was discussed as soon as everyone left the driveway, because two years later, Sandy’s system was unhappy again and sounded the alarm again, only to repeat the process, pay another service provider, and pay another pump out fee.

To Scotty DoRight I say GOOD JOB!!!  To Sandy McCrappy I can only say this, the Bible says, the way of a transgressor (rule breaker) is hard.  Over five years you have experienced approximately $600.00 worth of additional expense in service calls and pump outs that were completely unnecessary.  As with The Word of God, all you had to do was observe the written word, in this case your owners manual; Study to show yourself approved, rightly dividing the word of truth, in this case, seek out products to use in your home that will not destroy the necessary bacterial levels; and listen to the spoken word of those who know what they are talking about (the ministry).  If you had payed any attention to those who have authority over you, (the health department) I am sure most if not all of this could have been avoided.  It is yet to be seen if Sandy McCrappy has learned her lesson, or if the cycle will repeat itself in a year or so.

It is important to make sure all of the readers understand that the two systems pictured above are the same.  Scotty’s system has never been pumped, Sandy’s twice.  The only difference is THE PERSON LIVING IN THE HOUSE, (THE OPERATOR).  Everybody who owns a private septic system of any kind is after all, there own wastewater treatment operator.


For at least 10 years, I have been telling all of my customers that these supposedly flushable wipes are a problem.  I TOLD YOU SO!!!!  Finally the news media catches up with those of us out here in the field actually observing the problem.  Do yourself a favor: LISTEN TO YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER, otherwise you might end up like Sandy McCrappy.

Disclamer:  The above story, A tale of two Aeration Systems is true.  Only the names have been changed to protect the transgressor.

Disclamer:  Any septic advice you may receive on Dunghill  Chronicles is subjective to personal opinion.  I am not a scientist and do not have a degree in anything.  I will not be using a lot of fancy terminology, only providing common sense advice based on my vast experience in the field servicing, and installing hundreds upon hundreds of private septic systems.