Aerobic systems rely heavily on free oxygen because bacteria uses the oxygen to treat wastewater. Trash tanks break down paper and waste, much like the standard septic tank. Although, instead of liquids traveling from the trash tank straight into the soil (like standard septic tanks), they go into a separate aerobic treatment unit before spraying onto the lawn.
Aerobic systems use chlorinators to disinfect treated wastewater before it is distributed through the spray heads. Here is the issue: tablet chlorinators can cause problems. Swelling and moisture wastes tabs, and they are susceptible to clogging, costing you more out of your pocket to call in a service technician to unclog. While many systems use these chlorine tablets, there is an alternative: liquid chlorinators.
Liquid chlorinators use household bleach and are newer to the industry. The chlorinator reservoir uses a venture to siphon bleach into the pump tank. If your system has tablet chlorinator, it can usually be retrofitted with a liquid chlorinator. There is an upfront cost to the installation, but bleach is much less expensive than tablets. Depending on how long you plan to live in your home, the upfront cost may reduce your long-term cost for the tabs.
If you are interested in having a tablet chlorinator installed on your Clearstream aerobic system, we are happy to provide you with an estimate. Give us a call at 210.698.2000 (San Antonio) or 830.249.4000 (Boerne/Hill Country).