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Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

When I purchased a home on the outskirts of town, I was pretty nervous about using a septic system. I imagined muddy, sewage-filled landscaping and toilets that wouldn't flush. However, after I did a little research, I realized that septic care is easy if you stay on top of it. The purpose of my blog is to help others to understand the intricacies of caring for their septic systems, so that you can tackle problems early. With a little attention and maintenance, your septic tank can plug along problem free for many years to come. Save this blog as a resource so that you aren't left guessing later.

Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

Replacing A Drain Field Vs. Aeration: Which Process Is Best For Your Home

by Cathy Lewis

Plenty of people are going to need to get their septic systems repaired at some point, and they may need to decide between aeration or replacing a drain field. You may wonder which process is going to be best for you. Well, that will depend on a few factors, including:

  • How much money you can spend
  • Which process sounds like it is going to work out best
  • How much time you have to allow for the project

It isn't going to be an easy decision for you, but you should know about all of the technicalities in advance.


You may want to consider aeration to repair your septic system on the basis of cost alone. You will probably spend hundreds on the process of aeration, which is a fraction of what you will typically pay to replace a drain field or the entire system. A replacement can cost thousands of dollars depending on various factors, from the size of the system to the exact service that you choose. Usually, if aeration is an option for you given the nature of your septic problem, you will save money in the process. 


Many people don't want to have to do a replacement because of the processes involved, which are far from minor. You'll probably have to have your whole backyard torn up by the time they have finished your replacement. There's only so much that they're going to do when it is time to put your yard back together.

Aeration just involves converting the septic tank itself, so it is nowhere near as disruptive to the landscape of a person's yard. Some people have even managed to perform the process themselves, although it is much more challenging that way. 


The time involved with both processes is going to vary, but converting a septic tank isn't going to take nearly as much time as ripping out a yard and replacing a drain field. Most companies will not be able to complete the entire septic system replacement in a day. It will certainly take longer than that to get one's entire yard in order after it has been disrupted. However, people can get aeration completed on the same day, which is going to make all the difference in the world for most people. 

Overall, aeration is going to be a better option for plenty of homeowners than replacing a drain field. You should still consider both options, but take into account the tremendous benefits involved with going with aeration. Of course, consulting with a septic service, like Chavis Enterprises LLC,  will help in making the final decision.