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Old 05-19-2017, 11:04 AM   #1
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Any input, need to make the call. In ground is 3k more and will be harder to tie shop into.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:12 AM   #2
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Aerobic would be my pic, mainly because it will eventually have to be done if you want to sell the place later.

Mine is in ground and I am wanting to switch so my kids won't have to deal with it when I'm gone.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:40 AM   #3
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I hate my aerobic system. Yearly service contract, maintenance. I've replaced to aerator motor twice, sprinkler water once, controller box once and numerous sprinkler heads. If you're in good draining soil and have plenty of room....I'd go with the conventional system

My system is the Norenco.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:54 AM   #4
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Aerobic would be my pic, mainly because it will eventually have to be done if you want to sell the place later.

Mine is in ground and I am wanting to switch so my kids won't have to deal with it when I'm gone.
Why if you sell the place, our county allows em?
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I hate my aerobic system. Yearly service contract, maintenance. I've replaced to aerator motor twice, sprinkler water once, controller box once and numerous sprinkler heads. If you're in good draining soil and have plenty of room....I'd go with the conventional system
This.... exactly... I hate that dang thing. I would love to convert to a conventional
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:21 PM   #6
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Aerobic vs not is just another step in the treatment system. Yes, there are more moving parts to maintain, but it does a much better job of treating the waste.

You can have an aerobic with surface application, a drip system, a chamber system, and any number of other sub-surface disposal systems. It depends on your soil type, set backs, and space available.

Some counties require an aerobic system because it is a better treatment system. Check with your county designated representative if there is one. It is NOT required by TCEQ.

An aerobic treatment unit (ATU) is required on a surface application system otherwise they stink.

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Old 05-19-2017, 12:27 PM   #7
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I hate my aerobic system. Yearly service contract, maintenance. I've replaced to aerator motor twice, sprinkler water once, controller box once and numerous sprinkler heads. If you're in good draining soil and have plenty of room....I'd go with the conventional system

My system is the Norenco.
Same here! I will NEVER have an aerobic syestem again. I've had traditional systems my whole life without any issues at all. Our aerobic system has been a nightmare. We live on a sandhill so there is no need for an aerobic system. The soil drains well here. It can rain 10 inches and I can mow the next morning. I'm fixing to get a perk test and rip it out and put field line in

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Old 05-19-2017, 12:30 PM   #8
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If your soil has the drainage go conventional. No need for BS service contract and the threat of legal action by the county/state if your contract runs out.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:41 PM   #9
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Love my conventional! No reason to go aerobic unless your forced to imo.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:48 PM   #10
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I currently have a conventional. When I get my new place built I will have a conventional. My wife's family is full of plumbers. They all say go conventional.

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Old 05-19-2017, 01:03 PM   #11
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Aerobic def does a better job of treating it...and if u have a well I would be even more inclined to go aerobic.. a good quality system installed by a knowledgeable company it's very low maintenance and very clean system
Although I live in a rocky area so bot much choice
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Aerobic def does a better job of treating it...and if u have a well I would be even more inclined to go aerobic.. a good quality system installed by a knowledgeable company it's very low maintenance and very clean system
Although I live in a rocky area so bot much choice
Do or have you had an aerobic system?
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:04 PM   #13
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Any input, need to make the call. In ground is 3k more and will be harder to tie shop into.
Hard to imagine that a conventional system would cost MORE than an aerobic to install.
In 18 years with our aerobic system, we have had to replace the air compressor three times (they say they only last 3-5 years, so we've beaten the average), had it pumped out twice, replaced numerous sprinkler heads, had to have electrical work on the controls, and had to pay the annual maintenance each year.
I would NEVER make the continuing investment in an aerobic system if I could get by with a conventional system. And it irks me that I am required to have the aerobic system when I live in the boonies.
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:10 PM   #14
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When I bought my house and had to have the septic system replaced I would have gone with the aerobic instead of regular septic system. Aerobic has more moving parts and has to be maintained, but at some point you will probably have to pump a regular septic tank, you have to deal with the field line water percolating to the top on occasion, etc. Plus during the drought we have had having the sprinkler system to dispose of the treated water would have gone a long way to saving my grass in the yard.
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:26 PM   #15
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My aerobic runs out behind the barn and keeps grass growing thick for the horses. Helps cut down on buying extra hay in the summer, so it's a win for me. Not sure whay the service co tract stuff is about. I just occasionally drop a chlorine tab in the slot for them and clean the air pump filter and go back inside where it's cool

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Old 05-19-2017, 02:47 PM   #16
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My aerobic runs out behind the barn and keeps grass growing thick for the horses. Helps cut down on buying extra hay in the summer, so it's a win for me. Not sure whay the service co tract stuff is about. I just occasionally drop a chlorine tab in the slot for them and clean the air pump filter and go back inside where it's cool

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You must be in one of the few counties that allows homeowner maintenance. Most counties do not allow homeowner maintenance and you have to pay for a certified professional to "maintain" (aka inspect) your system 3 times per year for compliance with regulations. They send reports to the county and when there's a problem, you get nasty, threatening letters from the county abou5 fines if you don't fix the "problem" (which has usually been remedied prior to the letter anyway).

However we have replaced our pump 3 times @ approximately $450 each time, replaced sprinklers, had lines break plus had numerous other issues throughout the 17 years.

Not to mention when our power was out for 2 days with recent storms... this means no power to the septic so its not aerating or spraying. This caused the tanks to get FULL and after a couple days of that, will begin backing up into the house (happened once after a power outage a few years ago). Also, no aeration means the good bacteria in the system die which in turn, caused an odor when spraying for about 3 days after the power came back on.
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:08 PM   #17
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My aerobic system, Clearstream, is 22 years old and the only parts used to date is a couple sets of diffusers and a chlorinator tank pump out pump. I do keep a service contract in place but the Texas code does say that the homeowner can do the maintenance and service themselves.
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:45 PM   #18
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I have a conventional, Great!
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:07 PM   #19
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Knock on wood never had a major problem with my aerobic. 10 years and replaced 1 diaphragm myself. Keeps my yard looking good. Mines a Solar Air system,was told by many don't put in the Norenco,sp,brand. Pour Clorox in the tube and let it ride.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:01 PM   #20
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Conventional with a proper leech field is the way to go.

Not sure why tying in the barn later would be any different with either system.

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Old 05-19-2017, 11:07 PM   #21
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Love my conventional also over 20yrs no problems. Seems my neighbors with aerobic have a lot of maintance issues.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:28 AM   #22
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Diaphrams, diffusers, filters, heads, pumps, service contracts...hmm sounds like a no brainer to me unless you have special circumstances. I have a conventional system with none of the above headaches.
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I would go conventional but make sure you have sandy enough soil or have a bunch of sand hauled in. Clay and conventional don't work.
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Old 05-20-2017, 06:01 PM   #24
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In ground is worth it. I have an aerobic, it's fine, and I've had to replace the pump prematurely, but if I could have conventional, I would in a heartbeat.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:05 PM   #25
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Have had an aerobic system for over 20 years. If given the choice i would for sure go non aerobic.
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:18 AM   #26
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Conventional with a proper leech field is the way to go.

Not sure why tying in the barn later would be any different with either system.

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Back of property were barn will be is all rock. Only conventional system can go out front where there is no rock. Can't tie into conventional from that far away.
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:55 AM   #27
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the yearly fee and bs maintenance plans are a joke on the aerobic systems.. Go conventional or a LPD. Low pressure dump. Kinda a combo or aerobic and conventional combined, but no contract required by the county. You wont need as much drain field with the LPD as well. I have had both..
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:31 AM   #28
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Why if you sell the place, our county allows em?
Our county is good with it for existing, which mine is, and homes with enough acreage to sustain a system. Most new buyers want it changed before they make the purchase, hence make the change.
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No reason to go aerobic unless your forced to.
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:17 PM   #30
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Back of property were barn will be is all rock. Only conventional system can go out front where there is no rock. Can't tie into conventional from that far away.
What it sounds like, is you want to have one system for the house, and a second system for the barn.

You cannot have two systems on one property unless it's over 100 acres.
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Low pressure system ?
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