Our home was built in 1957. We have had problems for years with having a wet drain field and keep having our septic pumped. Today (of course my husband is away), I have done a couple of loads of laundry and the water has now pushed into the shower in the laundry room. It looks like it is from the sewer because there is toilet paper with it. We just had our septic pumped last year and 2 years before that. Having a new drain field put in is going to be very expensive and I have been looking online for what to do that we can afford, and have come across septic aerator systems.

Can we put this in with our older septic system?

Another question I have is that people are saying they have two tanks; I think we only have one tank. Is this what was done years ago?

  • As a tangent, do you filter the lint from your laundry drain? It can clog drain fields. – Edwin Dec 15 '13 at 8:03
  • I would consider adding to and /or replacing your field tiles . A friend did that and found a beer can ( put in at construction) was the problem . – blacksmith37 Jul 6 '17 at 15:44

The airated water treatment systems (AWTS) are a two tank system usually new ones have a inner and outer tank in the same unit. It is possible to buy a two tank seperate system and you could use your old septic tank as the first tank then run the outlet into the awts unit. http://econocycle.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=7&Itemid=13. an example of a two tank system is on this page.

Although all of this is possible if your dispersal field has failed it will still need replacing as this system only Improves the quality of effluent leaving the tank. The other option may be to connect to the council sewer if it is now available in your area? you can run the sewerage straight to sewerif avalible or install a maceration pumpIin your septic and pump upto the sewer if it is nearby but you are unable to get fall.

  • We live in a rural area and don't have public sewer. Thank you for your help. Much appreciated! – user13082 May 19 '13 at 3:57
  • in that case I would recommend just keeping the septic and replacing the field- it doesnt have to be overly expensive but there are a number of options that will make the price vary quite substantially. eg get a few quote or diy if you can get away with in your council area – UNECS May 19 '13 at 4:08
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    A Klargester biodisc (no affiliation, but a satisfied user for 10 years) produces effluent that doesn't need a dispersal field - it can just drain to a ditch. – Martin Bonner supports Monica Jul 16 '18 at 16:05

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