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What are the Differences Between Standard and Aerobic Septic Systems? February 11, 2020

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What are the Differences Between Standard and Aerobic Septic Systems?, Corbin, Kentucky

If you’re trying to determine what type of septic system is right for your property, it’s important to learn what each one can provide and the benefits they offer. Whether you want a standard system or are considering an aerobic tank, understanding what types of maintenance and services are required is vital. Before selecting a septic system for your business, consider the differences between your options to ensure you make the best choice for your needs.

How Do Standard Units Function? 

septic system Corbin, KYStandard systems are the most common variety and operate with small amounts of oxygen dissolved into the water. Heavier materials fall to the bottom of the tank, while lighter items, like grease and fat, remain at the top. These tanks typically function on a 24-hour water retainment design, which means it takes time for the bacteria that helps dissolve materials to build up.

What is an Aerobic Septic System? 

Aerobic units have a septic tank, but they also employ a trash trap to help keep up with higher waste demands. After passing through the trap, the suspended solids in the water will be pushed through a compartment with mechanically-processed air. This aeration processes the bacteria, food, and solids, which will all be contained in this compartment. Because of this design, bacteria will have free oxygen readily available to help break down the waste quicker than standard systems.

Which One is Right for You?

Depending on your waste removal needs, you could potentially benefit from either system. For homes or businesses that require more frequent removal of heavier materials, an aerobic tank may be best for your needs. There are certain requirements for this type of system, such as soil that allows percolation to occur during the breakdown. Consulting with a professional contractor is the best way to assess your needs and decide whether your property will benefit from a standard or aerobic septic system.   


Whether you need a new septic system or require maintenance, home and business owners in Corbin, KY, trust the experts at Cox’s Septic Service. From new installations to repairs and disposal, these contractors provide the services you need to suit your specific set-up. To learn more about how they can help you maintain your septic tank, visit them online or call (606) 528-4782 today to schedule an appointment.

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