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Contact Us for all of your Aerobic Septic Inspections & Maintenance Needs:


817.736.0367

septic@stephensutilities.com

We are honored that you chose us to maintain your Aerobic Septic System


If you have an Aerobic Treatment System on your property then you actually own a small wastewater treatment system. Keeping the system maintained properly will protect you, your neighbors, your water system and the environment. If the system is not maintained properly it could harm water quality and become a nuisance to you and to your neighbors.




New to Aerobic Treatment Systems? 


Reduce maintenance and costly repairs by following these simple guidelines:

  • Keep solids to a minimum (especially non-biodegradable). Grease, food particles, medications, baby and cleaning wipes, cotton swabs etc., should not go down the drain or be flushed. These items do not break down and can cause the system to malfunction.
  • Avoid excessive grease and food particles. They can release too much organic material for the system to handle, and the waste will not be fully treated. Garbage disposals are not recommended.
  • Avoid Excessive Water Usage known as hydraulic overloading. Doing all your laundry at one time, Leaky toilets, and multiple shower heads can use an excessive amount of water. They can disrupt the solids from settling as they should, making them travel further down the treatment system and cause pumps, spray heads and drain fields to clog and cause system failure.
  • Use cleaning products in moderation. Aerobic systems require the right amount of air and food for the micro-organisms to stay alive and effectively treat the waste. Excessive use of cleaners and toxic chemicals can kill the good bacteria needed in the aerobic treatment process. IT IS RECOMMENDED TO AVOID ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP PRODUCTS
  • Do NOT construct anything over the drain field (disposal) area – including driveways, storage buildings, play sets, pools, or gardens.
  • The drain field area must be kept mowed to avoid ground saturation and mosquitoes.
  • DO NOT allow vehicles to drive across or park on the septic tanks, lines or drain field. The tanks and lines could collapse, and the drain field’s soil could become compacted, shortening its life and causing the need for expensive repairs.

  • Divert any rainwater from the roof and driveways away from the tank and drain field area. rainwater can fill the tank and cause the sprinklers to spray at different times or flood the tanks and cause unnecessary need for pumping.


Pump your system when recommended.

A normal-size household should pump their treatment system every 3-5 years. Make sure all compartments are pumped as some of the lids may be underground. Pumping should be done only by a licensed waste hauler.


If you have a system with SURFACE Irrigation (Sprinkler Heads):

  • Be sure to check the chlorine level in the chlorinator regularly.

  • Nothing can be located within 10 feet of the sprinkler head in a surface disposal area. It’s advisable to kill the grass immediately around the sprinkler head so the grass does not interfere with the sprinkler popping up.

  • Purple top Spray Heads are required by the TCEQ. Standard black tops are not designed to withstand the pressure exerted by the effluent pump. The purple top also designates that there is reclaimed wastewater being discharged and that the water is not for drinking or part of an irrigation system.

  • Most systems use about one gallon of liquid bleach per month. Concentrated and gel bleach formulas may not work well with some chlorinators. Ask your technician what works best with your brand system.

  • If you have a tablet chlorinator, use ONLY Septic tablets and store in a dry and well-ventilated place, away from metals.
  • SWIMMING POOL TABLETS CANNOT BE USED IN YOUR AEROBIC TREATMENT UNIT. The chlorine in pool tablets is made from trichlorisocyanuric acid (Tri-Chlor), which are made to be kept under water- and can release an explosive gas (nitrogen chloride) when they are not totally immersed in water during use-such as in your septic tank