Expert Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

Get the information you need to properly maintain and manage your wastewater system

At Guardian Wastewater Services, we understand that maintaining and managing a wastewater system can be a daunting task. That's why we've compiled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions about residential and commercial on-site wastewater treatment systems to help you better understand the process.
Here are a few of the questions we will be answering:
What are the different types of on-site wastewater treatment systems?
On-site wastewater treatment systems, also known as decentralized wastewater treatment systems or septic systems, are used to treat and manage wastewater from individual homes, businesses, or small communities. There are several types of on-site wastewater treatment systems, each with its own advantages, disadvantages, and suitability depending on factors such as site characteristics, local regulations, and treatment requirements. Here are some common types:

1. Conventional Septic Systems: These are the most basic on-site systems, consisting of a septic tank followed by a drain field. Wastewater flows from the building into the septic tank, where solids settle and are partially digested by bacteria. The partially treated effluent then flows into the drain field where further treatment occurs as it percolates through the soil.
2. Aerobic Treatment Systems (ATUs): These systems use aerobic bacteria to break down and treat wastewater more efficiently than conventional septic systems. They require an oxygen-rich environment, which is usually provided through mechanical means such as air pumps or blowers. ATUs produce a higher quality effluent that may be suitable for irrigation.
3. Drip Distribution Systems: These systems use a network of pipes with small holes or emitters to distribute treated effluent directly into the soil. Drip systems are useful for sites with limited space or poor soil quality.
4. Constructed Wetlands: This natural treatment system uses aquatic plants, bacteria, and soil to treat wastewater. Wastewater flows through a shallow wetland area, where plants and microbes help to break down pollutants. Constructed wetlands can be effective in treating wastewater while providing habitat and aesthetic benefits.
5. Sand Filters: Sand filters involve passing wastewater through a bed of sand or other media, which acts as a physical and biological filter. The sand traps and digests organic matter, and the treated effluent can then be discharged into the ground or surface water.
6. Mound Systems: These are used in areas with high water tables or poor soil conditions. A mound of sand and gravel is built above the natural soil, and wastewater is distributed over the mound. The effluent percolates through the mound and is treated by the soil before reaching the groundwater.
7. Textile Filters: Textile or peat filters use synthetic fabrics or peat moss to filter and treat wastewater. The fabric or peat provides a medium for bacterial growth and filtration. These systems are often used in areas with limited space or difficult soil conditions.
8. Recirculating Sand Filters: Similar to sand filters, these systems use a recirculation process to send a portion of the treated effluent back to the treatment tank, enhancing the treatment process before final disposal.
9. Chlorination and UV Disinfection: In some cases, on-site systems may incorporate disinfection methods such as chlorination or ultraviolet (UV) light to kill harmful pathogens in the effluent before discharge.
How often should my system be inspected and maintained?
What are the warning signs of a problem with my system?
What should I do if I think my system is not working properly?
How can I ensure my system is in compliance with regulations?
How do I know if my system is functioning correctly?
How can I extend the life of my system?
What happens if my system fails an inspection?
How can I reduce costly repairs and replacements of my system?
How often should I have my system pumped out?
Is it necessary to have a maintenance contract for my system?
What should I do if my system is not working properly and I don't have a maintenance contract?
How can I be sure my system is properly managing the discharge?
Can I connect my system to a telecommunication line for monitoring and management?

Our FAQ page is designed to provide you with the information you need to properly maintain and manage your wastewater system. If you don't find the answer to your question, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you ensure compliance, protect the environment, and maximize efficiency.
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Don't let your wastewater system become a headache. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your system's maintenance and management. We're here to answer any questions you might have, and to provide you with the expert solutions you need to keep your system running smoothly