What To Do When Your Septic System Alarm Goes Off

Septic Alarm SystemIf the level of water in a pump tank is either rising more than it should or the levels are too low, an alarm system gives you a warning. All septic systems that have pumps need to have a timer of some sort installed. The timer is responsible for controlling when the pump is allowed to pump waste into the drain field. It helps prevent the overdosing of the drain field during periods of increased water usage.

Overdosed drain fields can be easily damaged and the timers ensure that this doesn’t happen. Timer systems allow the pump to run for a specific period of time at critical times during the day. If there’s a lot of water introduced into the system between pumping cycles for whatever reason, water will not have a place to go except into the pump tank. Inside the pump tank the water level will rise until the pump comes on again. However, the pump is only allowed to come on for a particular amount of run time, which means that it will take several pumping cycles to pump the water back to the normal level, but this will depend on the amount of water that’s being introduced into the system.

Why Did My Alarm Septic Alarm Go Off?

1. The volume of water being put through the septic system is very high. Increased amount of dish washing, several loads of laundry, and numerous long showers are all reasons that can lead to a high usage of water.

2. Ground water is flowing into the system. Too much rain can lead to seepage. If too much standing water pools around the septic tanks, water can seep into the tanks and this can cause the level of water inside the tanks to rise.

3. One of the components of the septic system is not functioning as it should. The alarm, floats, pump, timer, etc. may be have a malfunctioning, which is preventing them from working properly.

Once the alarm goes off, the best thing is to push the red switch or button on the alarm box. Doing this turns off the alarm. On the alarm box you will find a green light and a red light. The green light should always stay on. The green light shows that the alarm has power. The red light shows that the alarm is receiving a signal from the pump tank that the level of water is rising higher than it should.

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You need to check the septic breaker to ensure that the septic system is powered. If the breaker is on, check whether there’s any standing water pooled around the septic tank. Give the septic system several pump cycles, which is about 10 to 15 hours to see whether the red light goes out on its own. Try using as little water as possible during this period. You will know that the system is working properly if the red light goes out. It just needed to catch up with the extra water introduced into the system.

Contact the septic company for septic tank pumping and/or cesspool cleaning if the red light still has not gone off after 10 to 15 hours. An alarm signal doesn’t always mean that the sewage will back up into the house. Alarms are designed to provide 24 to 48 hours of usage until the sewage starts backing up. If the alarm keeps going off, lower your usage of water to a minimum. This will allow the pump to catch up faster. If something fails, the reduced flow of water will make sure that there’s enough time before sewage starts backing up into the house.