A common myth is that aerobic systems smell. Well, some do, but they shouldn’t! A smelly septic system is a sign of a problem, one that needs to be fixed sooner instead of later. Here’s what to do if your aerobic system smells.
The most common reason for a stinky aerobic system is a lack of oxygen — your system has to have oxygen at all times so that the “aerobic” bacteria can survive and properly treat your wastewater.
When there is a lack of oxygen the bacteria die off, the wastewater gets little treatment, and causes odors when the system sprays onto your lawn.
There are additional factors that can cause odors, but a lack of oxygen is the first thing that is usually checked for in aerobic systems.
Using a septic system additive is not necessary, and will not speed up aerobic bacteria’s recovery.
Just like standard septic systems, aerobic systems need routine care and maintenance to keep them functioning properly.
Check out our list of do’s and don’ts for aerobic systems to make sure you’re taking proper care of your septic system.