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Old 06-29-2020, 05:55 PM   #1
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Iím in the Sherman/Denison area. Having a smell issue.



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Old 06-29-2020, 06:03 PM   #2
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Mine did that one time it was out of chlorine tablets.... heard a bottle of bleach in the tank works as well. That came from a good friend of mine I work with that had his own septic business for a handful of years.

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Old 06-29-2020, 06:06 PM   #3
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Mine did that one time it was out of chlorine tablets.... heard a bottle of bleach in the tank works as well. That came from a good friend of mine I work with that had his own septic business for a handful of years.

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Iíll try that. Mine takes liquid bleach.


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Old 06-29-2020, 06:30 PM   #4
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The Aerator may have gone bad
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:45 PM   #5
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My buddy owns Blue Line Septic. Great guy and will take care of you.


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Old 06-29-2020, 06:51 PM   #6
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The Aerator may have gone bad


Wouldnít that throw an alarm?


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Old 06-29-2020, 06:56 PM   #7
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smell inside or outside?
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:10 PM   #8
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Is the aerator motor still running?
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:13 PM   #9
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Yes. Humming right along


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Old 06-29-2020, 07:14 PM   #10
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:16 PM   #11
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Donít really trust who has been doing the maintenance in it since they tried to skin me
For $400 for a new sprinkler. Sprinkler wasnít broken, the pvc supply line was. $4, a
Trip to lowes and 30 minutes later I was fixed up. I know people need to make money, but címon.


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Old 06-29-2020, 07:17 PM   #12
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Check the filter on top of the aerator. It may be clogged.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:18 PM   #13
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Check the filter on top of the aerator. It may be clogged.


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Old 06-29-2020, 07:25 PM   #14
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Check the filter on top of the aerator. It may be clogged.


Itíll have to wait until I can radiac the head off the bolt. Huge pet peeve is people who tighten crap too tight. Itís a freaking Phillips head. Lmao


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Old 06-29-2020, 09:24 PM   #15
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Yea, pull the middle lid and see if it has turbulence in the water. If it doesn't and the pump is running it either has a clogged air stone or the diaphragms in the pump have ruptured and didn't trip the internal switch. Or just add bleach/chlorine tablets. Ftr im not a septic guy.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:32 PM   #16
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Whenís the last time it was pumped out?
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:27 AM   #17
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When ours developed a smell- it is time to pump the tanks out.
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Old 06-30-2020, 06:32 AM   #18
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They usually have two diaphragm in the aerator. One can go bad and not let enough air get into the tank while still working. Ide check the diaphragm in the aerator
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Old 06-30-2020, 06:33 AM   #19
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That's what happened with ours last year and is an easy fix
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:33 PM   #20
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Could also be due to hydraulic overload or any chemicals dumped into the system killing off the good bacteria. Have seen some cases where certain cancer medications being used by homeowners was killing off the plant and not treating the wastewater. Check your clarifier for any floc accumulation.

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Old 06-30-2020, 05:44 PM   #21
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Could also be due to hydraulic overload or any chemicals dumped into the system killing off the good bacteria. Have seen some cases where certain cancer medications being used by homeowners was killing off the plant and not treatment the wastewater. Check your clarifier for any floc accumulation.


Thatís my cue to call a pro. Any tbhers in the business before I call? Thank everyone for their info


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Old 06-30-2020, 08:45 PM   #22
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Most of the aerator pumps have rebuild kits. It could still be running without actually aerating. As said above the filter could be plugged up. If it’s a cheaper pump it could be diaphragms that need replaced. In my solids tank I can actually look in there and see if the aerator is working or not by the bubbles it produces.
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Old 07-01-2020, 09:02 AM   #23
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When an aerobic system gets stinky it's because something has caused it to go anaerobic.

Most commonly it's something to do with the air pump. It could be the air line between the pump and tank is broken.

Adding more chlorine masks the problem temporarily. it does not solve the problem.
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Old 07-01-2020, 09:14 AM   #24
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When an aerobic system gets stinky it's because something has caused it to go anaerobic.

Most commonly it's something to do with the air pump. It could be the air line between the pump and tank is broken.

Adding more chlorine masks the problem temporarily. it does not solve the problem.
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Old 07-01-2020, 09:15 AM   #25
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We put RidX in ours a few times a month to promote good bacterial growth, check the chlorine tabs and make sure the airator is working. they are super simple systems.
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Old 07-01-2020, 09:51 AM   #26
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If you open the lid on your middle tank there will be a pvc pipe with a 90 turned down. There should be a fitting there that you can unscrew and pull the diffuser up. You will know it it’s getting air from the aerator. They can get clogged especially if you have hard water. You can pick them up for like $10 they screw right on the end of a hose. When you put it back be sure to run it down the side of the tank and that it goes into the cone. If you give it a tug it should stay in place to make sure you have it installed correctly. Sounds complicated but it’s really easy to do yourself. I’m sure there a YouTube video for it.

I’ve watched my guy do it and now I do it myself. Mine gets bad cause of the hard water and it seems to happen after we loose power. You can also buy the rebuild kit for the aerator on line and do that yourself also, you’ll save yourself about $350.

Hope that helps you out. What ever you do don’t dump chlorine directly into your tanks. Not good, and the chlorine has nothing to do with odor. It’s the diffuser or the aerator pump you have an issue with.
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Old 07-01-2020, 09:53 AM   #27
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Also, when they did the inspection last time was there a bunch of sludge and did they recommend you getting it pumped? May need pumped out, depending on the size of your system will be about ?450
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Old 07-01-2020, 10:14 AM   #28
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No, everything checked out.
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Old 07-01-2020, 10:37 AM   #29
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Chlorine it. When I noticed mine, it was smelling out of our sprinkler's. I made sure and put it in from now on.

Makes sure it is it is getting oxygen to your system.

May need to be pumped.

Check the lids, make sure they are put on good and not cracked.
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Old 07-01-2020, 10:38 AM   #30
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I would try to the diffuser then.
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Old 07-01-2020, 10:57 PM   #31
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If you open the lid on your middle tank there will be a pvc pipe with a 90 turned down. There should be a fitting there that you can unscrew and pull the diffuser up. You will know it itís getting air from the aerator. They can get clogged especially if you have hard water. You can pick them up for like $10 they screw right on the end of a hose. When you put it back be sure to run it down the side of the tank and that it goes into the cone. If you give it a tug it should stay in place to make sure you have it installed correctly. Sounds complicated but itís really easy to do yourself. Iím sure there a YouTube video for it.

Iíve watched my guy do it and now I do it myself. Mine gets bad cause of the hard water and it seems to happen after we loose power. You can also buy the rebuild kit for the aerator on line and do that yourself also, youíll save yourself about $350.

Hope that helps you out. What ever you do donít dump chlorine directly into your tanks. Not good, and the chlorine has nothing to do with odor. Itís the diffuser or the aerator pump you have an issue with.
I've got 2 tank lids and the pump housing sits between them. What middle lid are you talking about?
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