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Reclaim tank aeration to remove smell

KleanKars

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Has anyone used with success a tank aerator to eliminate the stench associated with reclaim? Have been trying to find if it works and what size/type to use. Have seen online systems for septic tanks used by homeowners to kill the smell and was wondering if this would work with reclaim. Have also heard of pond aeration as well. First tank is 1,500 gallons and last is 1,000 gallons. Am thinking of plumbing air diffuser in the first tank so the treated reclaim will be sent to the second tank. Just don't know if I'd be wasting money and effort if it doesn't work. Am looking for a recommended size pump and diffuser if anyone has had any luck with their system. Thanks in advance for any information given...
 

rph9168

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We used to use a submersible pump on a timer in the pits at our five washes. It kept the smell down in the pits very well but since we used reclaim in our wash there was still a perceptible odor in the tunnel especially the first thing in the morning.
 

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Pit odor (rotten egg smell) is caused by anaerobic bacteria that feed on the dirt in the water.

The odor is typically worse with recycling or grey water systems.

Recycling system usually consist of strainer basket, hydro-cyclone, sand media/activated charcoal bed and two underground tanks.

Efficient way to control pit odor with this system is to reduce amount of contaminants in water. This can be achieved by installing filtration device and more efficient hydro-cyclone.

An alternative to an equipment solution is daily pre-treatment of grey water with chlorine or chlorine dioxide. Kills bacteria and helps mask odor.

Diffuser or bubbler is often component of “reclaim” system. Diffuser helps agitate water in tanks and augments ozone injection. Ozone or ionized air is a more efficient way of getting oxygen into water than fine bubbles of air.

Transfer efficiency is also affected by size (volume) and number of tanks.

Two small tanks are less efficient than three large tanks.

So, I would expect you would be wasting your money.
 

JimmyJaffa

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For the last 10 years we have been relying on aeration for odor control for a couple of our exterior express washes in Jacksonville, FL. These reclaim were assembled by us using cyclonic technology. We have also purchased a couple of package units that have Ozone. When the Ozone has failed, we increase the water circulation till the ozone is repaired.
 
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