The difficulty for septic system owners is they cannot determine if there is a problem unless the high-level warning sounds much sooner than a waste removal or other service is needed. This does not happen often, but when it does, each alarm must be dealt with immediately to prevent a larger problem. This is why each Clifton VA septic system has an alarm for high-level and sewage release warnings.
Leaks into or out of the tank are the usual culprits when it comes to tank problems. Severe storms can force rain or floodwater into a septic tank, especially if the access hatch was not properly secured after the last servicing operation. The alarm can also alert owners if a nearby broken pipe releases water or other liquid into the tank.
The initial alarm warns the septic tank is approaching its high fill level and needs wastewater removal. It provides time to schedule a tank truck but needs to be done quickly to avoid an emergency release of wastewater. A functioning septic sewer alarm in your Clifton VA home can prevent this and extensive repair and cleanup costs.
A system alarm has two primary components: The float control switch and the sewer ejector pump. Together, they sound the overfill warning and release wastewater, if needed, into the surrounding area. If the fill level continues to rise, the float also rises, triggering the alarm for the second time. This starts the ejector which begins releasing the uppermost levels of wastewater or effluent. After enough is released, the float lowers to its normal level, stopping the pump and switching off the alarm.
What a Clifton VA septic system alarm cannot do though is detect odors. Every system is a sealed operation, so there should be no odor, even while standing next to the access hatch. If there is a lingering odor more than a few hours after a waste removal, it may indicate that the hatch was not properly secured.
If it was secured, then the most likely problem is a pipe leak or the injector pump somehow engaged without the alarm sounding. Damage to the intake or outlet pipes can slowly release wastewater or odors into the surrounding soil, creating the sewage odor without adding any water to the tank or triggering the alarm.
To meet individual, customer demands, SES-Atlantic maintains an in-house design team to create exactly what each customer needs. In addition to residential and commercial systems, we have also successfully designed and installed septic systems for private hospitals and municipal buildings.
If you are planning a new building outside an existing sewer grid, contact SES-Atlantic today at 866-249-5630 to schedule an interview. We can quickly design a septic system for your requirements.