What to Do When the Septic Alarm Going Off ?
Using an alarm system, you’ll be alerted when the water level in the pump tank is too high or low.
Some type of timer should be placed on all septic systems with pumps. Waste water can only be discharged into the drain field if a timer is set. There is no risk of overdosing the drain field when there is an increase in water usage.
If a large amount of water is put into the system between pumping cycles for whatever reason, the water has nowhere else to go but into the pump tank. Until the pump can be turned back on, the water level in the pump tank will rise.
Because the pump can only work for a specific period of time, depending on how much water is added into the system, it may take many pumping cycles to return the water to its usual level. This is possible from 1 to 3.
- The septic system is now being overburdened with water. Many loads of laundry, an indicative amount of dishwashing, as well as a lots of long showers all can contribute to excessive water consumption.
- Water from the ground is entering the system. Seepage may occur if there is a lot of rain. If there is too much surface water from around septic tanks, the water will seep into to the tanks, raising the water level within.
- Several of the septic system parts could be malfunctioning. Maybe something is amiss with the pump, floats, alarm, time, and other components, preventing them from working properly.
Pushing the red button or turning on the alarm box is the finest thing to do when the alarm goes off. The alarm will be turned off.
On the alarm box, there will be both a red and a green light. Always have the green light on. The alarm has power if the light is green. The red light indicates that the pump tank has sent a warning to the alarm that the water level is rising faster than it should be.
Next, verify that the sewage system is powered by checking the septic breaker. Check for standing water around the septic tanks if the breaker is turned on.
Allow a few pump cycles (10-15 hours) for the septic system to see whether the red light on the alert goes off on its own. During this period, use the least amount of water feasible.
The system is functioning properly if the red light goes off. It only needed to catch up with the extra water that had been added.
If the red light remains on after 10-15 hours, contact your septic service provider for assistance. The presence of an alert signal does not indicate that sewage is about to back up into the home.
Alarms are fitted to allow you 24-48 hours of use before sewage backs up. Reduce your water usage to a bare minimum if the alert goes off.
The pump will be able to catch up faster as a result of this. If something goes wrong, the slowed water flow will give you plenty of time to fix it before sewage backs up into your home.
Why Is the Red Light on My Aerobic Septic System?
The following are some examples of circumstances that might result in an alert situation.
- One of the septic system’s components may be malfunctioning. Something may be amiss with the pump, floats, alarm, timer, and other components, preventing them from working correctly.
- Septic systems are receiving far too much water. Several loads of laundry, an increased amount of dishwashing, and a lot of long showers can all contribute to excessive water consumption.
- The system is being flooded by ground water. Seepage is possible if there is a lot of rain. If there is too much standing water around the septic tanks, it might leak into the tanks, raising the water level within.
The septic alarm is frequently misunderstood as only a warning that it is time to have your septic tanks drained out.
Alarms are installed to notify you when the water level has reached a dangerously high level. When the water level in the tank reaches that level, you usually have 24-48 hours of use before sewage starts to overflow near the tanks or back up into the house.
A float is placed within the tank to monitor water levels, and this is how a Septic Tank System alert works.
The septic alarms are designed to sound when the water level in the pump tank of your septic system is either too high or too low, as either scenario can harm the system and should be avoided.
Here are five symptoms that your septic tank is about to fill or is already full and needs to be emptied.
- Water that has accumulated. You may have an overflowing septic tank if you notice pools of water on your grass near your septic system’s drain field.
- Drains that are slow.
- A Lawn That Is Incredibly Healthy.
- Back-up sewer system
Septic Tank Alarm Going Off After Heavy Rain
It’s not uncommon for a sewage backup to occur after or even during heavy rain. Significant rains can quickly flood the ground around the soil absorption area (drainfield), saturating it and making water flow out of your septic system impossible.
With the recent heavy rains in our area, we expect many alarms on aerobic systems to go off. Follow these measures before calling your maintenance provider if your system alarm has alerted due to rain or a power outage.
1. Turn Off Your Alarm.
If the alarm goes off, it is usually not an emergency, so don’t freak out. By pressing the button near the alarm, you can turn off the system.
2. Wait Till the Light Goes Out.
Check to see if your alert light has switched off after the rain has stopped for around 24 hours. Rainwater can often enter between the lids, triggering the high water alarm. If your system is set to run on a timer, it will not start spraying until the middle of the night.
If this was the cause, your alarm should switch off after the system sprays down. If your alarm goes off while your spray heads are spraying, you may have a float in your system that overrides the timer and permits the system to pump down when the pump tank is full.
Check to see if the light shuts off once the system has stopped spraying.
3. Take a Look at the Breakers.
Aerobic systems typically have specialised breakers located outside near the system, as well as a main breaker located inside a garage or the home.
Examine all breakers to make sure they haven’t been tripped on the way out of the building. Set the breaker then let 24 hours after rain has stopped to check whether your system pumps downward. If it does, reset the breaker.
Next, continue the steps 1 and 2 above to complete your project.
4. If Your Alarm Has Been Deactivated, Reactivate It.