Septic Air Pumps and Septic Aerators
The septic air pump can go by many names on an aerobic system and the following are only a few: Septic Air Pump, Septic Aerator, Aerator Pump, and Compressor. Septic Solutions offers a compatible replacement septic air pump or aerator for most every aerobic septic system on the market.
SEPTIC AIR PUMPS - THE LIFELINE TO YOUR AEROBIC SYSTEM
The septic air pump is literally the lifeline of your aerobic system. The system cannot function the way it was designed without the air pump working. The actual purpose of the air pump is two-fold. First, the air pump puts oxygen into the water allowing the formation and survival of Aerobic bacteria. These Aerobic bacteria are what eat up all of the waste in the tank. They are much larger and more efficient at processing waste as compared to the anaerobic bacteria found in a conventional septic system.
Secondly, the air pump creates an action in the tank that breaks down large solids into tiny particles, making it very easy for the bacteria to attach to and devour the waste.
If you air pump quits working on your aerobic system, over a period of about 2 weeks the system will begin to turn back anaerobic. The biggest problem with this happening is that there is no secondary treatment system behind your aerobic system, as you have in a conventional anaerobic septic system. Once the aerobic system turns back anaerobic, instead of producing a clear odorless discharge the effluent will be closer to raw sewage. As you may realize, raw sewage discharging into a ditch, lake, or pond, or being sprayed on your lawn is not a good thing. This is why it is important to your system for the air pump to be up and running.
SEPTIC AIR PUMP SIZE DOES MATTER
The other misconception is that the air pump just puts air in the water, so it doesn’t really matter which size is used. Nothing could be further from the truth. Air pump sizing is actually very important to the operation of your system, and not every system will use the same size air pump. If you have been our website, then you already know there are many different types and sizes. The air pump size is normally determined by the volume capacity of the tank, the style of air diffusers in the tank, and how many GPD (Gallons Per Day) the system is designed to treat.
Our sales team can make sure you get the right size pump if you are unsure about this aspect of buying a new one. In most cases we only need either the model number of the pump you are replacing, or the brand of your aerobic system and the GPD that it is rated to treat. Again, size does matter and it is very important that you get the correct air pump for your system.
TYPES OF SEPTIC AIR PUMPS
Linear Septic Air Pumps
Linear septic air pumps use either diaphragms or pistons to compress air. These units are very quiet and energy efficient. They are designed for continuous duty and should run 24/7. The difference between brands of the linear air pumps is mainly has to do with quality. The Hiblow, Medo, and Thomas brand units are among the best quality available on the market today. The Cyclone, Secoh, and Alita are more economincal versions but do not have the lifespan of the aformentioned units.
Rotary Vane Air Pumps
The Gast Rotary Vane septic air pumps use carbon vanes that spin in circuluar motion to compress air. They are powered by an AC electric motor. These units can be very durable but they require about 4 times the electrical operating cost of the linear air pumps to run 24/7. They also are much louder than the linear septic air pumps units.
Regenerative Blowers are capable of providing high volume of air flow at very low pressure. These types of blowers are commonly used on older Hoot system, Fast systems, and Bio-Microbics systems. Normally these units are ran on a timer and do not run continously.