A Centreville VA septic system alarm alerts owners to high-level warnings. Most of these are routine alerts which indicate it is time to schedule a waste removal service. When there is an outside factor, such as a severe storm, or heavy rain, there is an increased threat of leaks into the tank, raising the water level and triggering the alarm far ahead of any scheduled removal or other servicing.
There are two components to each alarm: A sewage ejector pump and a float control switch. As a pair, they trigger a warning to indicate a high-level of wastewater in the septic tank and execute a controlled release of this partially treated sewage.
If the septic tank fills too quickly before waste removal can begin, the float rises higher still and sounds the alarm again. That is the overfill warning. The float control switch now activates the sewage ejector to release the top layer of the wastewater. Once it pushes enough out of the septic tank, the float lowers to a safe level. It stops the pump and switches off the alarm.
The same alarm procedure engages after adding water. There is a misconception that water should be added to increase the effects of the septic system. Adding water does not break down solids nor increase bacterial growth. It only raises the float switch quicker, triggering the alarm and forcing the owner to request an additional removal, just like after a severe storm.
Each Centreville VA septic system alarm activation can be one of these warnings, or it can indicate a repair need for the tank or another part of the system. That is why SES Mid-Atlantic technicians carefully explain potential problems and threats to a septic tank owner when we install a new system, respond to a waste removal request, or perform routine maintenance.
It is also why we have our own design team. With it, we design and install septic systems tailored to each customer. In addition to hundreds of septic tank systems for new homes, we also design septic networks for industrial sites, housing developments, and medical facilities.
A Centreville VA septic system alarm does not warn against every problem. Odors can indicate a problem with your system that bypasses the alarm completely. After waste removal, lingering odors should dissipate in less than a day unless the hatch was not locked down correctly. If it was, then there are most cracks in the intake or outlet pipes, releasing waste and wastewater into the soil.
If you are building a new home or need improvements to your business’ septic system, call SES Mid-Atlantic at 866-249-5630 today. We can design and install a system that works for you.