Where in the septic system do the septic system pumps go?

septic system pumps

Septic systems typically include a pipe running from your home, a large tank with 2 or more chambers, and a drain field.  Under certain circumstances, septic system pumps or a septic aerator may also be necessary.

Some systems require septic system pumps

To understand why septic tank pumps are sometimes necessary, you first need to know how a septic system works.  When you have a septic system, all wastewater flows from your house and into the septic tank.  In the first chamber of the tank, the wastewater settles into 3 layers: oils, liquids, and solids.  The middle layer (the liquid) then flows into another chamber where it can settle further. Bacteria work to breakdown solids and the water eventually is sent to a drain field.  In some septic systems, the water flows out of the tank naturally, but sometimes a septic tank pump is needed. The pump can be submerged (usually in the last chamber of the tank) and pumps water to the drain field.  

Whether or not you need septic pumps can depend on the conditions in your yard and the amount of water that needs to flow through your septic system.  For example, if the box that distributes water to the drain field is at a higher elevation than your septic tank, gravity will not cause the water to flow that way so you will need a septic tank pump.  Your septic system installers and service providers can help you determine which septic tank pumps are best for you based on the elevation of your system components and the amount of water that will flow through the system to maximize efficiency.  Your septic service providers will need to ensure that the pump can handle the amount of water discharged from large appliances (such as dishwashers and washing machines) but that it also gives the water time to flow through the drain field.

Septic tank aerators

Another component that is sometimes included in a septic system is a septic tank aerator.  In a typical septic system, the bacteria that help breakdown waste in the septic tank are anaerobic – meaning they work with little to no oxygen.  A septic tank aerator draws air from outside the tank and distributes it in the tank through tubes so aerobic bacteria can help breakdown waste. A septic tank with an aerator usually has 3 chambers and the septic aerator is located in the second chamber.  

The advantage to a system with a septic aerator is that the aerobic bacteria are usually faster and more effective.  The effluent that flows from a septic system with a septic aerator is usually cleaner than effluent from a system without an aerator.  Visit www.wastewaterpro.com/ to learn more about septic tank pumps and septic aerators.  

What are the Different Kinds of Septic Pumps?

HP 80 aerator pump

Maintaining the wastewater disposal system in your home or business is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your property retains and increases its value.  If your property is located in a larger metropolitan area, you may not have a septic system. Today, most municipalities have their own wastewater treatment plants. These facilities provide clean water to customers within the metro limits, and also take care of disposing of their wastewater for them.  Customers pay a monthly fee that is based on usage.  

Those who have property in more rural areas do not pay these fees, but are instead responsible to install and maintain a wastewater treatment system in compliance with state and local regulations.  This is called a septic system.

Not all septic systems require a pump.  Those classified as anaerobic break down solid wastes by allowing the anaerobic bacteria naturally present in the solid waste material to eventually consume it.  Some property owners prefer this kind of wastewater disposal system because it has no mechanical parts and is therefore cheaper to install and maintain.  

Aerator septic systems are known to be a bit more efficient in breaking down solid wastes.  This type of system may be appropriate for businesses that express a large amount of wastewater daily, or for homeowners who are particularly concerned about the impact of their wastewater on the environment.  These systems use a pump to add air into the wastewater as it is held in a treatment tank. This facilitates the introduction of aerobic bacteria. The combination of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria is more efficient for breaking down solid wastes.

Septic Pumps: HP 80 Aerator from Hiblow

As mentioned above, an aerator septic system requires a pump.  Knowing which pump to get is an important first step in disposing of wastewater in a manner that is efficient for your property and consistent with your values.  There are a few different kinds of pumps available. Here, we will discuss the HP 80 aerator which is made by the Hiblow company.  These are a few of its specifications: 

  • It is appropriate for most 500/600 gpd aerobic septic systems.  These systems are an “industry standard” that are installed in many residential and commercial properties.  Therefore, this pump is quite likely to be a good fit much of the time.
  • These HP 80 aerator pumps are known for being very quiet.  One of the best features of any wastewater disposal system is being able to count on it day in and day out without even knowing it is there.  Having a quiet aerator pump is, of course, important to this end.
  • The “80” in the name of this pump stands for the amount of liquid displacement that takes place each minute.  So, the pump will displace 80 liters of water each minute.  
  • When it comes to cleaning wastewater, keeping the water moving is just as important as introducing oxygen and aerobic bacteria into it. This type of pump is known to be very durable.  It does come with a two-year warranty to put your mind even more at ease.