Think Before You Flush – What Shouldn’t go into your AirTech

October 5, 2014 Phil Gatehouse

Do you have a wastewater treatment system and want to know how you can give it the love it needs to work properly?

A wastewater sewage system has a delicate ecosystem, based on aggressive digesting aerobic bacteria. Sound a bit technical for you?

Never fear, this article will arm you with a selection of do’s and dont’s to help keep the ecosystem in check.

In a nutshell, wastewater treatment systems are designed to safely and effectively process your disposables and wastewater. The system recycles it as clear, odourless nutrient enriched water to irrigate landscape or existing planted areas. Perfect for the environmentally friendly, the sewage and wastewater is treated on the property where it’s produced and then recycled for reuse with little environmental impact on the land.

Now, about those aggressive digesting aerobic bacteria – in layman’s terms, your system treats your household waste water to a high quality and requires bacteria (bugs), to break down the waste matter.

The wrong products going down your drains (from the sink or the toilet or outside drains) will kill the bugs and the system will not operate correctly.

Never Flush:

  • No bleaches or chlorine (i.e. Napisan – Bleach – Janola)
    These products are designed to kill bugs and will kill off the bacteria in the tank causing smells and constant blocking of the Bio (internal) filter. You can use these products if used in a bucket and tip on the lawn or safe place, not down your drain
  • No fats or oils
    Fats and oils may block the tank filters and kill the bacteria in the tank
  • No tea leaves or coffee grounds
    These may block the filters in the tank and the external filter
  • No washing paint brushes or disposing of paints
    These products will not only kill bacteria in the tank, but the residue is very difficult and costly to remove
  • No disposable nappies, wipes, sanitary napkins, tampons or condoms
    These products do not break down and cause a mass build up in the tank, which can cause blockages that can be costly to clean
  • Do not have a waste disposal unit
    This waste takes a long time to break down and the system will require frequent emptying which is very costly
  • Use low sudsing laundry powder/liquid and non-caustic dish washing powder

Other household items not to be flushed

  • Cat litter, kitty litter
  • Clothes dryer sheets
  • Diapers, baby-wipes
  • Antibiotics, medicines
  • Hair
  • Liquor, whiskey
  • Paper towels
  • Photo chemicals
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Washing machine lint
  • Condoms
  • Cigarettes, butts and filters
  • Cotton swabs, dental floss
  • Dirt
  • Food scraps, ground food
  • Latex, gloves and similar
  • Motor oil
  • Pesticides
  • Plastic bags
  • Trash, toys and scrap
  • Water in large quantities

Products you can use/flush

Please note: all products should be used in moderation.
This list is a suggestion only as there are other products available not listed. Liquid laundry detergents are better suited to septic and waste treatment systems than powder laundry detergents (powder fillers are used in power laundry detergents).

Dish washing liquids

  • Ecostore Dishwash Liquid
  • Morning Fresh
  • Palmolive
  • Sunlight

Surface cleaners

  • Ecostore spray cleaners
  • Nifty
  • Swipe
  • H7
  • Spray and Wipe (limited quantity)
  • Jif Cream Cleanser
  • Shower Power
  • Windex
  • Bio Zyme

Dish wash powders

  • Ecostore Auto Dishwash Powder

Toilet cleaners

  • Ecostore Toilet Cleaner
  • Cream cleaners (Jif)
  • H7

Clothes washing powders

  • Ecostore Laundry Powder
  • Dynamo
  • Cold Power liquid and concentrate
  • Ecostore Oxygen Whitener (soaking)
  • EarthOn

The above list is not intended to promote or discredit the product of any company. It is provided to assist in ensuring the correct operation of your wastewater treatment system.

Further recommendations to ensure that your system is working optimally include getting service and maintenance inspections every six months for continuity of warranty, and taking holiday precautions.

If you are away for more than six weeks you can arrange for a service agent to monitor your system, and on returning you may want to consider the use of a bio starter to restart the biological process, as the anaerobic bacteria
in the system would have died due to lack of nutrients.

Want to know more? Or perhaps you’ve lost your user manual? Never fear, you can download a copy here, this one is specifically for the AirTech™ system but includes great tips and information for all wastewater treatment system owners -  AirTech™ Homeowner’s manual (for AirTech™ 7000/9000 and 9000NR)

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