Frequently Asked Question
General Questions about Wastewater Treatment
Does my aerator/compressor have to run 24-7?
Yes aeration is a critical part of the treatment process so the aeration device must run all the time for proper digestion and treatment of the waste.
How often does the system need pumped?
Pumping can vary depending on size of family, frequency of entertaining, and life style so pumping should be determined by the service provider performing a settable-solids test. When the system reaches 50% or more the system should be pumped. There are occasionally situations when something has happened to the system and it has to be pumped (paint dumped down the drain, a lot of grease dumped down the drain etc.) to fix the problem. (Refer to the do’s and don’ts list)
How much is the compressor/aerator running 24-7 going to affect my electric bill?
- The Multi-Flo & Enviro-Guard aerator draws 2 amps which = about 28 cents a day.
- There are 2 different compressors available for the Nayadic product line.
- The Hiblow Linear compressor draws 1.9 amps = about 22 cents a day.
- The Gast Rotary Vane compressor draws 3.8 amps = about 50 cents a day
How long do the compressor/aerator last?
Typically the life span is 3-5 years but they are mechanical items running 24-7 so they all wear differently. Some last a lot longer and some expire early, but all compressors and aerators have a 2-year warranty.
Will anti-bacterial soaps affect my system?
Yes, anti-bacterial soaps can have an adverse affect on the aerobic bacteria living in your treatment system. Anti-bacteria soaps are designed to kill good and bad bacteria. The treatment system is breeding good bacteria to digest the waste which are being killed off by the anti-bacterial soaps and the system’s ability to treat wastewater is being compromised.
Is bleach ok to use with my system?
Bleach should be used sparingly and at half the rate indicated on the container. Oxygenated bleaches are recommended. (Refer to do’s and don’ts list for laundry practices).
What should I do if my alarm is going off?
You should contact your local service provider and there are several steps you can take to help the service provider determine the possible nature of the malfunction.
- Is the alarm activated during a non-flow period, i.e., late at night, early morning? If so, possible aeration failure.
- Is the alarm activated intermittently while washing clothes or taking a shower? If so, possible high water condition.
Why doesn’t anything happen when I push the test button on the alarm?
You have to push the test button and hold it for 10-20 seconds; there is a built in delay.
How much will a service contract cost me?
Multi-Flo Wisconsin, LLC has nothing to do with the price of service contracts. However, our sister company POWTS PROS, LLC provides service in several Wisconsin counties. There are other Dealers and/or Service providers are their own independent companies who are trained and certified to sell and service our products. Prices vary by regions, counties, and States.
Do’s and Dont’s with Wastewater Treatment Systems
The following is a collaborative effort of wastewater professionals to list items which can cause on-site treatment systems to operate below their potential. These items are known to have caused failures of on-site treatment systems and must be considered if the waste generated by a particular site will contain them in excessive quantities. Since excessive is a subjective word, it is highly recommended by Consolidated Treatment Systems, Inc. to share these concerns with a Professional Engineer or Designer to identify a treatment strategy for specific installations.
Plastics, rubber, scouring pads, dental floss, cigarette filters, bandages, hair, mop strings, lint, rags, cloth and towels do not degrade in an on-site treatment system. Inert materials will build up solids, and lead to system malfunction, clogging or increased pump out frequency.
Disposable diapers, paper towels, baby wipes, facial tissues, are not designed to dissolve in an on-site treatment systems. Also, excessive amounts of toilet tissue will not decompose. All can lead to system malfunction, back-up or increased pump out frequency.
Do not put animal fats & bones, grease, coffee grounds, citrus & melon rinds, corncobs, egg shells, down the sink. Garbage disposal use should limited to waste that cannot be scooped out and thrown in the trash. Spoiled dairy products and yeasts from home brewery or baking may cause excessive growth of microbes that could adversely affect performance.
Do not flush baby wipes, lotion, female sanitary products, cotton balls or swabs, condoms or expired medicines/antibiotics. Automatic Disinfection Tablets (blue, clear or otherwise) will kill the organisms needed to consume waste.
Chemicals & Toxins
Chemicals and toxins kill the microbes necessary for treatment. Paint, paint thinner, solvents, volatile substances, drain cleaners, fuels, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, disinfectants, sanitizers, bleach, mop water, excessive use of household chemicals, and backwash water softener regeneration will adversely affect treatment. Septic Tank additives generally do more harm than good.
On-site systems must process the water as it enters the systems. Laundry should be spread out over the week, not all run at one time. Excessive use of detergents, especially those containing bleach, can affect system performance. Liquid detergents are recommended over powders. Fabric softener sheets are recommended over liquid softeners. Bleach should be used sparingly and at half the rate indicated on the container.
Clear Water Waste
Clean water waste from A/C discharge lines, floor drains, gutters, whole house water treatment systems sump pumps can increase the flow to your treatment systems.These flows can disrupt or prohibit the treatment process.