How to Install a Septic Aerator

What You'll Need
User manual
Diagram of your septic system
Building permit

A septic aerator is a fairly simple and easy piece to install in your septic system. The aerator is great to use for an older septic system because it helps to add and provide a great amount of oxygen to the septic system. Oxygen is a principal ingredient that helps to break down the waste that travels to and from your septic tank. A professional can generally install this product in only a few short hours. A person that is fairly handy may take bit longer to install the product. However, it is doable and fairly straight forward process.

Step 1 - Familiarize Yourself with the Unit

After you have purchased the sepic aeration system, you need to pull out the instruction booklet and review the information contained for that unit. Be sure to review all of the details. Familiarize yourself with the pieces, components and elements that make up your new system. If you have questions, consult with a professional installer of these types of systems.

Step 2 - Get the Land Surveyed

Get your land surveyed. You will need a survey to apply for a building permit to install the septic system.

Step 3 - Get a Permit

In many local municipalities and townships you require a permit. The permit must be applied for and the diagram of your septic system must be submitted to the local municipality before you can begin work. You will need to submit your survey's along with the application.

In order to find out who you need to get the application from, look up the phone number or the address of your local township or municipality. You will need to speak to someone in the building permit or code enforcement office. They will be able to direct you to how to apply.

Step 4 - Install a Riser and Lid Kit

Purchase a riser and lid kit, if one is not already installed on your septic system. Install the kit before you install the aerator. This will help you gain access to your septic system for subsequent work and projects. Each riser and lid kit is different. Make sure the directions the manufacturer laid out are followed.

Step 5 - Install the Aeration Pump

The aeration pump must be installed within a close proximity to your home. The pump is linked directly to the aerator (installed in Step 3) and it will help to pump in the additional oxygen needed in the tank.

Step 6 - Install the Aerator

The aerator gets placed right in the septic tank. It must get pushed right down to the bottom of your septic tank.

Step 7 - Close the Lid

Close the lid to your septic system.

Step 8 - Clean Up and Wash Up

Wash and clean up thoroughly. You have just been working in an area that has millions of particles of bacteria. Make sure you wash up with an anti-bacterial soap or solution.