- Often this is caused by a tripped circuit breaker. If this problem keeps occurring, however, it’s a sign of a larger electrical problem and should be investigated by us immediately. Sewage Pump Failure: If the sewage pump fails, it will cause the water in your system to rise, signaling your septic alarm.
What happens when septic aerator stops working?
If the aerator in your septic system stops working, your system will naturally turn from an aerobic environment to an anaerobic environment, a much slower, much less efficient environment for breaking down the solids in your system.
How long does a septic aerator last?
The lifespan of your aerator will vary based on the size of the aerator, the frequency with which it is used, the size of your tank and what elements the aerator is exposed to. Most pumps last anywhere from two to five years before they need to be replaced.
Why is my septic not pumping?
If the pump does not appear to be working at all, does not respond to any tests and is not pumping effluent, there may be a wiring problem. First check your circuit breaker, and then try to use a multimeter or similar device to check wires in the septic system for damage to see what needs to be replaced.
How do I know if my aerator is working?
You can also disconnect the main hose going to the aerobic tank and feel if the unit is putting out air. If you have an in tank aerator, take off the lid of the aeration chamber and see if the aerator is running. If the aerator is not operating or not putting out air, this is the cause of your alarm.
Should a septic tank aerator run all the time?
The aerator should run 24/7. It should continuously provide much-needed oxygen inside the septic tank of an aerobic system. The aerobic bacteria need air to survive.
How can you tell if your septic tank is full?
Here are some of the most common warning signs that you have a full septic tank:
- Your Drains Are Taking Forever.
- Standing Water Over Your Septic Tank.
- Bad Smells Coming From Your Yard.
- You Hear Gurgling Water.
- You Have A Sewage Backup.
- How often should you empty your septic tank?
How do septic tank aerators work?
An aerator, or air pump, pushes air and oxygen into your septic system. The additional oxygen increases natural bacterial activity within the system, that then provides additional treatment for nutrients in the effluent.
What does it mean when the alarm goes off on your septic system?
It means you have a dangerously high water level or the level is too low. Your septic tank system alarm should have a timer on it. This timer dictates when the pump starts to flow wastewater through your drain field. However, if the system is damaged, then the timer won’t be able to work properly.
What does alarm on septic tank mean?
A septic tank alarm system is a device designed to monitor the water elevation inside the tank, and it alerts you when the water level in the tank is much higher or lower than it should be. This raises the water level inside the pump tank until the controls cycle back and come on again.
How do you know if your septic pump is not working?
Without a functioning pump, the sewage level continues to rise and the alarm lets you know the waste isn’t being removed from the tank. This alarm will sound and alert you before a sewage backup occurs.
How do you unclog a septic drain field?
Can Anything Unclog an Old Septic Drain Field?
- Shock the System With Bacteria. A septic system bacteria packet can help clean out a clogged drain field by allowing waste material to break down and drain through.
- Reduce Water Usage.
- Avoid Harsh Chemicals.
- Change to Gentler Toilet Paper and Soap.
- Contact a Septic Professional.
How do you unclog a septic pump?
Sprinkle the drain with baking soda, then dump vinegar into the pipe. Leave the mixture to sit in the pipe for an hour or two. Finally, flush the drain with hot water. If the clog is small, this could be enough to clear the pipe.
What Happens When Your Aerator Isn’t Working?
Chances are good that your system alarm has sounded at some point in the past if you have an aerobic septic system (i.e., one that has an aerator). The majority of the time, this warning does not imply that your aerator is malfunctioning or that your system is on the verge of collapsing catastrophically. This warning is triggered when anything in your system requires your attention, which is more frequently than not. Occasionally, though, this alarm, particularly when combined with other significant warning indicators, can alert you to the presence of issue with your aerator.
How Septic Aerators Work and What Happens When They Don’t
First and foremost, comprehending how your aerator works is essential to determining why it isn’t functioning properly. The design and purpose of aerators in an aerobic septic system have been discussed previously, but in a nutshell, aerators accelerate the process of solids breakdown in your system by adding oxygen, which encourages the growth of bacteria that breaks down and digests the wastewater in your holding tank. We’ll go over the specifics of how aerators work in more detail later. A higher concentration of these beneficial, natural bacteria in your septic system translates into a more efficient system that cleans wastewater more quickly and completely than a lower concentration.
The failure of the aerator in your septic system will cause your system to naturally transition from an anaerobic environment to another anaerobic environment, which will result in a much slower and less efficient environment for breaking down the particles in your septic system.
For this reason, and due to the fact that aerator septic systems often have smaller secondary treatment systems (and occasionally none at all), your system will either begin releasing raw sewage straight into the environment or into the secondary treatment system.
The most telling symptom that your aerator has failed is an overpowering foul stench emanating from the point at which your system discharges, whether it is into a secondary treatment system or straight into the atmosphere.
Aeration System Problems
If there is a problem with your septic aerator, the first sign that anything is amiss is usually the sound of the system alarm. Unfortunately, there are a variety of reasons why your alarm may go off, not all of them are directly related to the aerator. The septic alarm is analogous to the “check engine” light on your automobile, and, like with your car, determining the source of the alarm sometimes necessitates the assistance of a specialist.
Although not all of these are related to the aerator, the following are the most often encountered reasons of septic alarms:
- The loss of power is one of the more straightforward concerns to resolve. A tripped circuit breaker is frequently the source of this problem. But if this problem continues to manifest itself, it is indicative of a more serious electrical problem that should be addressed by us as soon as possible. sewage pump failure: If your sewage pump fails, the water level in your system will increase, which will activate your septic alarm. sewage pump failure The sewage pump in your system may require replacement or repair in order for it to work properly again. Inadequate Air Pressure: In order for your aerator to properly oxygenate your system, it must have sufficient air pressure. This frequently indicates that the aerator in your system needs to be replaced or repaired
- However, this is not always the case. Breakdown of the Timer: The timer in your aerobic system guarantees that water is not released until the effluent is clear and clean enough to be transported to the next phase of your system, whether it is immediately discharged or moved to a secondary treatment system. Clogged Diffuser: Because the diffuser serves as the system’s outlet, if it becomes clogged, the system will be unable to discharge the fluids that have accumulated in the system.
It is important to mute your sewage alarm and quickly examine to see whether the problem is merely caused by an overloaded circuit breaker. It is necessary to have your system repaired as soon as possible if this is not the problem or if the breaker continues to trip. It is important not to put off calling if you are experiencing problems with your aerobic septic system. In Northeast Ohio, Supeck Septic is the only septic service company that has its own independent aerator repair shop, allowing us to handle all brands and models of aerators, with most faulty devices being repaired within a week.
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Troubleshooting Pumps: The Pump Motor Doesn’t Run
Check the wires in the septic system for damage with a voltmeter or comparable gadget to determine whether or not they need to be replaced.
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Get the latest Pumps articles, news, and videos delivered directly to your email! Now is the time to sign up. Pumps+ Receive Notifications Checking for faults with a septic pump’s electrical system, the pump itself, and its controls are all important first steps when it won’t start. Dealing with electricity may be extremely dangerous; thus, exercise extreme caution while working with electricity and turn off power supply breakers when testing components inside the electrical system. If you are not 100 percent sure in your ability to execute any of these tests safely, consult with a specialist before proceeding.
If the pump does not appear to be operating at all, does not respond to any testing, and does not appear to be pumping effluent, it is possible that there is a wiring issue. Examine your circuit breaker first, and then try to use a voltmeter or similar equipment to check the wires in your septic system for damage to determine whether or not they need to be changed. If the wires are damaged, replace them.
- A fuse has blown or a circuit breaker has been triggered on the circuit. Check the fuses and circuit breakers. Fuse replacement is necessary as needed. Take note of the pump manufacturer’s suggested size as well as the pump nameplate rating. In the event that a circuit repair is required, contact an electrician. The power cord for the pump is improperly connected and makes poor contact with the pump. The pump cable cap prongs should be checked for tightness and corrosion if the system is equipped with a piggyback plug in. Alternatively, replace the plug, clean the plug prongs with abrasive paper, or have the electrical receptacle changed
- The branch circuit wiring is insufficient to support the pump load. Check the voltage on the line and compare it to the manufacturer’s standards if necessary. The pump should be hooked into a separate circuit breaker from the rest of the system (or fuse). If the circuit breaker also supplies electricity to other outlets or appliances, an additional outlet should be added so that the pump has its own circuit breaker as well. The pump motor overload tripped the circuit, which necessitated the call for an electrician. Allow the pump to cool for five to ten minutes before reconnecting it to the power source. If the overloadtrip occurs again, remedial action should be taken. Verify that the line voltage is within specifications by comparing it to the manufacturer’s specs. Check the voltage of the branch circuit with an electrician or with the power provider. Make sure that the pump is connected to a separate branch circuit since the voltage provided is insufficient. Voltagenmust be within 10% of motor ratings on either side of the equation. Check that adequate power is being sent through the system by measuring the voltage at the pressure switch, the control box, and any other components through which power is being delivered. a. If you notice that the electricity is too high or too low at the power panel, you may need to call the electric utility provider for assistance. Thermal overload and shutdown will occur as a result of low voltage at the pump. Call your local electrician to fix the circuit and, if necessary, contact your energy supplier. Check the controlpanel connections and watertightness as well. Look for clear evidence of flaws and wear on the control panel with a visual inspection. Check for faulty connections as well as burned or melted components. Perhaps your prior examination of the power supply at your control panel led you to the conclusion that a bad splice connection or broken conduit could be the source of your problem. Make a visual inspection of any electrical splice connections for corrosion and other visible evidence that power is not being delivered to the pump. It is important to ensure that the conduit, and thus the wire within it, has not been damaged (for example, if it has been struck by a lawn mower).
It is possible that the motor for the lift pump is not functioning properly, in which case power is still flowing to the pump but it is unable to function. At this stage, make sure that the pump is not clogged and that it is capable of performing its intended function; otherwise, the pump will need to be fixed or replaced totally.
- Theimpeller has been blocked or restricted. Disconnect the power, remove the pump from the sump, and inspect it for freedom of rotation of the impeller and shaft. Clean the volute and impeller, and remove any obstructions
- The bearings have frozen in their positions. Disconnect the power, remove the pump from the sump, and inspect it for freedom of rotation of the impeller and shaft. Lower bearing of the column pump should be free and lubricated. In order to repair the pump bearing, contact a licensed service shop. The water level is not sufficiently enough to activate the control switch. Water should be added to the sump to make it turn on. Control floats or weights must be readjusted
- An internal motor problem exists. Pump should be removed, power should be disconnected, and rated voltage should be connected before the controlswitch is actuated. To have your vehicle repaired or replaced, contact an authorized service shop.
In comparison to a float tree, a pump linked to a line is used. If the pump detects sewage levels using a float, the float may become caught or destroyed, in which case the pump will not operate. Usually, you can adjust the float or otherwise correct it so that it floats normally again, but if the problem is severe enough, you may need to replace the float totally.
- The operation of the float is hampered or restricted in some way. Water should be added to the sump to make it turn on. Make any necessary adjustments to the control floats or weights. If the float rod is bent or obstructed by debris, consider adding a separate float tree to make pump removal and float operation easier. If the float rod is bent or obstructed by debris, consider replacing it. Examine and keep an eye on things. Make necessary adjustments to the control floats or weights
- The float switch is faulty. Remove the pump, turn off the power, connect the power to the rated voltage, and turn on the controlswitch. Inspect for deformation, charred or melted components, or a significant amount of black discoloration. Unplug the pump’s chord from the piggyback plug on the floatswitch, and then reconnect the cord. To test the pump, just put the plug straight into an electrical outlet. If the pump continues to run, the float switch has failed and must be replaced. (Do not keep the pump plugged in for an extended period of time or it may burn out.) Make any necessary adjustments to the control floats or weights. Replace the liquid level control with a new one. Give the pressure switch a thorough visual inspection to check for flaws and wear and tear. Turning on and off switches is essential for a fully functioning system, and they are reasonably priced.
a little about the author Sara Heger, Ph.D., is an engineer, researcher, and lecturer in the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program at the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental science. She has given presentations at several local and national training events on topics such as the design, installation, and administration of septic systems, as well as research in the related field. Her responsibilities include serving as the education chair for the Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association and the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, as well as serving on the National Science Foundation’s International Committee on Wastewater Treatment Systems.
Send an email to [email protected] if you have any concerns concerning septic system care and operation. Heger will respond as soon as possible.
This article is part of a series on troubleshooting pumps:
- If the pump motor does not turn on, troubleshooting is necessary. Pump problems include: the pump turns on, but there is no water
- The pump turns on, but there is no water. Pump problems include the following: the pump runs continuously or cycles too frequently
- Pump problems include the following: the pump makes a lot of noise
- Pump Troubleshooting: There is a strong odor of sewer gas
Why Is My Septic Alarm Going Off?
If you are receiving an alert from your septic system, it is clear that something is not quite right. In this Knowledge Base post, we’ll go over the most prevalent reasons of a septic alert, as well as how to identify and avoid them in the future. It is recommended that you contact your local service provider to determine the source of the problem if you are unfamiliar with the operation of your system or do not feel comfortable inspecting it on your own.
ALARMS ON CONVENTIONAL SEPTIC SYSTEMS
Aeration is not present in a normal septic tank since it lacks any form of aeration equipment. If you have this sort of system and you receive an alarm, it is likely that the water level is too high. The following are the primary causes of a high water level in a traditional septic tank system:
- Septic tank effluent filter that is blocked with organic matter In many typical septic tank systems, an effluent filter is installed near the tank’s outflow point. Cleaning should be performed on this filter about every 6 months. if the filter becomes clogged with particles, it will slow down the flow of water out of the system, causing the water level in the septic tank to rise
- The submersible pump has failed or the float that regulates the submersible pump has failed Even though not all traditional septic tank systems will require a submersible pump, some may do so if they are properly designed. Occasionally, when gravity feeding the secondary treatment system is not possible, an electric submersible pump is employed. The failure of a submersible pump or a float switch will result in a high water level in the pump tank and the septic tank
- The outlet line will be stopped, or the leach field will be flooded. An obstruction in the outlet pipe of the septic tank or a failing leach field are the other possible causes of a high water level in the tank if it does not have a submersible pump.
An often-heard myth is that a septic tank alarm signaling a high quantity of sewage signifies that the tank has to be drained out. A high level alert will not signal when a tank requires pumping, and while emptying the tank out may temporarily resolve the warning, once the tank fills back up, the alarm is likely to re-occur due to the fact that the primary problem with the system has not been rectified.
ALARMS ON AEROBIC TREATMENT SYSTEMS
Air pumps and air compressors, as well as internal units such as a shaft aerator or a submersible aerator, are commonly used in aerobic treatment systems. External air pumps and air compressors are also used in aerobic treatment systems. The failure of the aeration device or a high amount of water in the tank are the two most common causes of alarms in aerobic systems, respectively. If your alarm or control panel does not display which alarm is now active, the methods outlined below will assist you in identifying the problem.
- To test if the aeration equipment is operational, check the following: If you have an air pump or compressor that is located above ground, be sure that the item is operational before proceeding. You may also check to see if the device is producing air by disconnecting the main line that connects to the aerobic tank. Alternatively, if you have an in-tank aerator, remove the cover from the aeration chamber and check to see whether the aerator is operating. If your aerator is not performing properly or is not releasing air, this is the source of your concern. Depending on the kind and condition of the aerator, it may be necessary to repair or replace the device altogether. Assuming that the aerator appears to be performing correctly, the most likely source of the warning is a high amount of water in the tank. Although this is not an emergency that must be addressed immediately, we recommend that the system be restored to operational status within 1-2 weeks of the incident. Check to check whether the water level in the aeration tank and/or the pump tank is excessively high. In a perfectly functioning system, the water level should be below the intake and at the bottom of the outflow. If the water level is high, the following are the most likely reasons why:
- If you have a gravity-displacement system, a blockage in the outlet line would be the source of your excessive water level. The chlorine feeder is the most typical source of contamination. Remove the tube that contains the chlorine tablets and clean the feeder of any material that has accumulated. Also, if the system has surface discharges, make certain that the discharge exit is free of weeds and other debris. High water levels in a system with a submersible pump are usually caused by either the failure of the submersible pump or the failure of the float switch, which controls when the pump is turned on and off. The most effective method of testing a float switch is to use an ohm meter to check for continuity. The switch should be tested closed in the elevated position and open in the lowered position to ensure that it is functioning properly. By detaching the submersible pump from the float switch and running it directly from a known functional power supply, the pump may be checked. Remember that the pump will not automatically shut off when you do this, and you will need to separate it from power in order to turn it off before the tank is completely emptied.
THIS DID NOT RESOLVE MY ISSUES
If none of the troubleshooting steps listed above appear to resolve the issue you are experiencing, it is possible that there are difficulties with your control panel or alarm system that are causing the system to malfunction or causing you to get a high level alarm. In this case, we recommend that you contact a professional service provider to inspect the system and address the problem for you.
What Happens When Your Septic Aerator Alarm Goes Off? – B&B Pumping – Top Rated Septic Cleaning Services
There are a variety of reasons why the alarm goes off. Even if the problem is minor, the alarm will ring to make sure that you fix it as soon as possible when it occurs. A problem with the timer, on the other hand, is one of the most common causes for an alarm to go off in the first place. Several aerator alarms are equipped with some form of timing device. In order to keep the drain field from overflowing during periods of excessive water demand, the timing must be set appropriately. These timer systems are in charge of cycling the septic tank through a series of cycles to guarantee that it does not overdose the drain field with sewage.
In this instance, the water levels will rise until the timer is able to engage the pump once more.
There are a variety of reasons why this procedure may cause the alarm to sound.
Additionally, if there is groundwater infiltration into the septic tank system, the alert may ring.
In addition to these being the most common causes of alarms, we’ve discovered that a failure inside one of the tank’s components can also result in an alert being activated. The following are examples of common failure points:
- It is possible that the chlorinator is blocked. There is an issue with the alarm’s wiring
- It needs to be repaired. The diffuser has become blocked. The float switch is not working properly
- The aerator is not operational or has insufficient air pressure
What do I do if My Septic Alarm is Going Off?
In the event that your septic alarm goes off, it may surely create some anxiety and uncertainty; and if you happen to be experiencing this right now, then you’ve arrived to the correct location! Don’t be concerned; it does not necessitate urgent action. Instead, take your time to go through this full essay so that you will be prepared to act now or in the future if the situation arises. What Septic Systems Are and How They Work The alarm works in conjunction with the septic system to alert you when the water level within the pump tank has increased to an unsafe level or has decreased to an unsafe level.
- The timer is in charge of regulating the time intervals during which the pump is permitted to pump wastewater into the drainage system.
- Thus, during periods of excessive water use, the drain field is kept from getting overflowing, which might cause damage to the drainage system.
- A large amount of water is injected into the system in between pumping cycles for whatever cause, and the water has nowhere else to go but back into the system’s pump tank.
- Depending on how much water was and continues to be put into the system and how the pump is set up to operate on a timer, it may take many pumping cycles until the water levels are returned to normal.
- There is an excessive amount of water being put into the septic system. This is the result of excessive water use, which might be caused by multiple loads of laundry, an excessive quantity of dishwashing, or a disproportionate number of long showers.
- Somehow, groundwater is making its way into the system. If there is an excessive amount of standing water surrounding the septic tanks, whether generated by rain or another source, the water may seep into the tanks and cause the internal water level to rise.
- It’s possible that one of the components of the septic system is malfunctioning. If anything goes wrong with your system — including the pump and floats — the alarm and timer will go off and the septic system will stop working correctly.
The Best Thing to Do If Your Alarm Goes Off Alternatively, if you hear an alert, you should press the red button or turn on the alarm box. The alarm will be turned off as a result of this action. There should be a red light and a green light on the alarm box, which should be situated someplace on the unit. The green light indicates that the alarm is operational and should be left on at all times. It is shown by a red light if the alarm is getting a signal from the pump tank indicating that the water level is increasing above or decreasing below what is expected.
- If the breaker occurs to be tripped, look around the septic tanks to see if there is any standing water.
- It is possible that the red light on the alarm box will go out on its own after allowing the septic system to operate for a couple of pump cycles (which should take approximately 10-15 hours).
- If the red light turns off, it signifies that the system is operating properly and that it only needs to catch up with the extra water that has overflowed into the storage tank.
- To be clear, an alarm signal from the septic system does not always imply that sewage is about to back up into the house right away.
- Do you require septic system repair on a regular basis or emergency service?
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What to Do When Your Septic System Alarms
So, the alarm goes off, what do you do? If the alarm occurs to sound, the best course of action is to press the red button or turn on the alarm box. By pressing this button, the alarm will be turned off. One or both of the lights on the alarm box should be illuminated in red and green, depending on its location. An illuminated green light indicates that the alarm is operational and that it should be kept on at all time. The red light signifies that the alarm is getting a signal from the pump tank indicating that the water level is increasing above or decreasing below the normal levels.
- Depending on whether or not the circuit breaker is activated, you should check to determine whether there is any standing water around the septic tanks.
- Use water sparingly throughout this time period if as all possible.
- But if your red light is still on, call your septic provider (such as Miller’s) immediately for emergency assistance!
- In order to allow for 24-48 hours of regular usage (though you should strive to reduce usage), the alarm is set to sound at a time when a backup will be performed.
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- Silence the alarm so that you and your neighbors do not get nuts as a result of it
- Determine the type of alarm that has been activated. Typically, a high water alarm may sound, or if you have a blower for an ATU tank, the blower may be malfunctioning. If you have a blower, you should feel the casing of the blower motor to ensure that the blower is running properly. The buzz of the blower can also be heard from time to time. The blower should be replaced by an authorized and certified septic repair business (not by an authorized and certified septic pump out firm). You only have a few days before the untreated sewage begins to run into your leach field and causes harm to it. Get it fixed before anything like that happens. The excessive water level alarm in your septic tank or secondary tank is most likely to blame if the blower is not the source of the problem.
A high water alert is generated by either an excessive amount of water entering the tank or an insufficient amount of water exiting the tank. If a high water alarm is not serviced immediately, it will eventually result in septic waste backing up into your home, albeit this may only occur after your drainfield has been completely ruined. A conventional septic system is comprised of four major components: a pipe leading from the house to the septic tank (or tanks), a drainfield (alternative systems may include drip fields, sand mounds, or peat tanks in situations where a regular drainfield is not practicable or has failed), and the soil.
- There are also alternative systems that include additional components such as float switches, pumps, and other electrical or mechanical components, as well as additional treatment tanks and filters, which can clog if not cleaned and replaced on a regular basis.
- Typically, alerts are only seen in backup or alternative systems.
- If there is an excessive amount of water coming in, you either have a plumbing leak or a running toilet.
- Check for leaky faucets in every toilet (and tank), as well as in any sinks and countertops.
- According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, one out of every ten houses has a leak that is squandering at least 90 gallons of water each day.
The high water alert is not likely to be triggered by excessive sludge in the tank, but it can occur if the tank has not been pumped in years and you have a few of days of high volume consumption, such as completing a month’s worth of washing in a single day, or if the tank has not been pumped in years.
- It is also possible that a faulty septic tank cover will enable rain and runoff to enter the tank, causing it to overflow.
- If the problem is not with the water entering the tank, the problem is with the water exiting the tank, and vice versa.
- A septic service provider will be needed to discover the source of the problem; nevertheless, you could check your circuit breakers to ensure that any pumps are operational, and you might try pulling the filter from between your tanks in the white line that runs between them.
- The solids and liquids will not have enough time to settle out if there is an excessive amount of waste on the bottom of the tank or an excessive amount of water flowing into the tank.
- The fecal material will block the drainfield over time as it accumulates.
- A septic system is not the same as a garbage disposal system.
- Other hazardous chemicals such as latex paint and pesticides should also be avoided.
- High water alarms are also caused by clogged distribution systems because septic water cannot be discharged into the drainfield when there is a clog in the system.
An investigation carried out in Virginia involving two adjacent septic field dispersal systems in a shared mound revealed that the trenches that received the septic effluent with water softener brine discharges formed a thick, gelatinous slime layer that clogged the infiltrating surface, whereas the trenches that received no salt water discharge remained open and contained the normal microbial slime layer.
- The use of commercial septic tank additives may aid in the decomposition of fecal waste, but they do not eliminate the need for periodic pumping and can actually be detrimental to the system’s performance.
- When septic tank wastewater is treated in a secondary manner, it goes to the drainfield, where it percolates into the soil and is cleaned up by the presence of dangerous bacteria, viruses, and nutrients.
- The presence of large volumes of solids in the waste stream will cause the drainfield to become overwhelmed.
- At some point, the waste water flows backward through the system because the holes in the pipes to the leach field, through which it passes, get clogged with trash.
Leaving a high water situation ignored may result in the septic system overflowing and flooding your home. Prior to the septic tank backing up and flooding your home, the high water alarm will go off.
Septic Solutions – Frequently Asked Questions
Collin County law requires that you retain a valid maintenance contract in existence at all times, and this is a requirement under that legislation. It is possible to be fined up to $500 per infraction for operating your aerobic septic system without a legal contract, with each day being considered a separate crime.
2. Is there a maintenance contract that will cover everthing?
Yes! We provide three different degrees of service. Our services vary from the most basic of minimal coverage to the most comprehensive of all-inclusive coverage.
3. What do you inspect on a maintenance visit?
At each maintenance visit, your septic system is subjected to a thorough 16-point check to verify that it is operating properly. All of your filters and screens are cleaned on a regular basis. After the inspection is complete, a report on the performance of your septic system is posted on your door to keep you informed of the system’s functioning.
4. How do I know if my septic inspection is being performed?
Your maintenance firm should be placing a label in your control box and leaving a door hanger to inform you that they have inspected your system and found nothing wrong. If all of these steps are taken, but you still have a suspicion that your inspection is not being handled properly, place a small rock on the lid of your septic tank that will have to be removed in order for a proper inspection to take place. This will provide you the assurance that you are receiving the service that you deserve.
5. Is my septic system supposed to run all the time?
You are correct in that your aerobic system is designed to function on a continuous basis. Septic Solutions should be contacted if your air pump is not functioning properly.
6 If my septic system runs continually, will I have a large electric bill?
Not at all; the amount of power consumed by an aerobic septic system is comparable to that of a 100 watt incandescent light bulb.
7. Is my septic system supposed to be making a noise?
Your air pump will be making a constant buzzing noise throughout the day. In contrast, if you are hearing a loud, unpleasant buzzing noise, it is likely that your septic alarm is activated. Ensure that electricity is going to your septic system by checking your circuit breakers. If your breakers have not been tripped, call Septic Solutions right away to schedule an inspection.
8. Why does my aerobic system smell?
Aerobic systems emit a distinct odor that some people are more sensitive to than others, depending on their genetic makeup. Septic Solutions should be contacted if you notice a sewage or urine odor in your home.
9. If I have an odor inside my home, ist that septic related?
Septic smells that emanate from within the residence are almost always the consequence of plumbing problems.
10. What can I do if my neighbor’s septic system stinks?
It is possible to file an anonymous complaint with your local Health Department / Development Services if your neighbor has a stinking septic system and shows no sign of wanting to address the problem.
11. What do I do if an alarm and/or alarm light comes on?
Ensure that electricity is going to your septic system by checking your circuit breakers. If your breakers have not been tripped, call Septic Solutions right away to schedule an inspection.
12 Should my alarm and sprinklers activate continually during and/or after rain?
When it rains, the majority of septic systems absorb groundwater.
If your water level rises as a result of this, your high-water alarm and spray heads will be activated. The majority of septic systems will self-correct after the rain has stopped falling. If this is not the case, contact Septic Solutions immediately.
13. How do I mute my alarm?
To mute the alarm, there should be a button clearly indicated on your control panel. Make sure to unmute your alert as soon as your septic problem has been resolved.
14. How often should I have to replace parts?
The cost of replacement parts varies based on the kind of system you have and how well your septic system is kept up and maintained. Some aerobic brands need the repair of parts on a yearly basis. Keeping ants and rodents away from your septic system will help to extend the life of the system’s components. If you find that replacing components is a burden or an inconvenience, you might consider signing up for our Gold Service Plan.
15. Why are the air pump and water pump so expensive?
The pumps are high-end, precision-machined components. They are made and intended to endure harsh external weather conditions for an extended period of time, ensuring a long service life.
16. What should I do if I’m purchasing a home with a septic system?
In the event of a house purchase that includes a septic system, it is highly suggested that you request that the system be cleaned and inspected before closing. Cleaning will help you get started on the right foot, and examining the septic system will guarantee that you know your septic system is in good working order when you move into your new home. You will have the option to request necessary repairs if the system is not up to code or is not working properly during the inspection period prior to closing on the residence.
17. Is the water safe?
If the chlorine is properly maintained and your system is operating properly, the water supply that is sprayed into your lawn is supposed to be safe for children and dogs to walk around on. Humans and pets should never drink from puddles of standing water.
18. Do I have to add chlorine?
The requirement to keep chlorine in an aerobic septic system at all times is a legal requirement in some jurisdictions. Those who violate the law can face fines of up to $2,500 per infraction, with each subsequent day constituting a separate crime.
19. Where can I purchase chlorine?
Chlorine may be purchased in the plumbing department of Home Depot or Lowe’s. It is possible to purchase chlorine from Septic Solutions, either from their office or service van. When compared to the standard retail price offered by home improvement retailers, purchasing chlorine from Septic Solutions will save you roughly $10!
20. Where do I add chlorine?
The position of the chlorine will differ depending on the kind of aerobic system you have installed. Grate pipes are typically 2 3/4″ in diameter, and they are connected to the sewer system. On most systems, you’ll find the pipe protruding from the ground near your tank lids or inside the final lid of your system. If you are having difficulty identifying your chlorinator pipe, call Septic Solutions to talk with a professional who will be able to pinpoint the exact position of your system’s chlorinator for you.
21. How much chlorine am I supposed to add?
The usual guideline is that 1-2 pills per person per week should be used in moderation. Depending on the size of your family and how much water you consume, this will be different for each individual home.
22. Do I have to use tablets or is there a different method?
There is an other technique of adding chlorine to your septic system, which is described below.
If you have a Smart-Chlor bleach injection system installed, you can use standard home bleach if you have the required equipment.
23. Is there a difference between a dripper and a Smart-Chlor?
Adding chlorine to your septic system may be accomplished in a variety of ways. It is possible to use standard home bleach if you have the appropriate Smart-Chlor bleach injection device installed.
24. How much maintenance is required from me with a Smart-Chlor?
The Smart-Chlor requires little to no maintenance at all! It has a capacity of up to 6 gallons of regular home bleach, according to the manufacturer. Every 2-3 months, pour a gallon or two into the tank and you’re done! Not to mention that it comes with a lifetime warranty!
25. Will my sludge level break down by itself?
No, the sludge that has accumulated at the bottom of your septic tanks must be cleaned by a professional septic cleaning service in order to be effective.
26. How do I know when my septic is ready to be cleaned out?
Septic system cleaning should be performed when the amount of sludge in your system climbs to more than 8 inches. Septic failure might occur if the cleansing process is left unattended for an extended period of time.
27.Do aerobic septic systems have to be cleaned out?
Every three to five years, all septic systems must be cleaned up.
28. Is there a difference between pumping and cleaning the septic?
Yes. Pumping is simply the process of removing water from your septic tanks as well as some of the floating solids. Water and compacted muck that has collected in the bottom of the tanks must be properly removed, and this is accomplished through the process of “cleaning.”
29. How should I prepare for holidays and/or large gatherings?
When you anticipate hosting a big number of guests, cleaning your septic system before to the event will help you prevent an embarrassing septic system breakdown during your gathering.
30.Are there certain things I can not put into the septic?
Most items are fine in moderation; however, things like significant volumes of chemicals, grease, and other such substances are not permitted. See Septic System Do’s and Don’ts for a more in-depth list of what should and should not be put into your septic system. Septic Solutions of Texas retains ownership of the copyright and reserves all rights.
Is My Aerobic Septic System Supposed to Run All the Time?
7:00 p.m. on May 23, 2019 One of the most often asked concerns we have from our clients is if their aerobic septic system is meant to be operating all of the time. The answer is both yes and no. The vast majority of septic systems are equipped with air compressors that are continually running. Some companies, like as Norweco, do, however, provide an Aerator that is meant to operate for 30 minutes on and then 30 minutes off. The inquiry itself seems to reflect a lack of understanding of how septic systems are meant to work in their most basic form and function.
- Here is some information to take into consideration.
- The tank is normally rectangular or cylindrical in shape, and it is composed of concrete, polyethylene, or fiberglass in most cases.
- During the disposal process, the particles that enter the septic tank float on top of the water where they interact with beneficial bacteria and begin to decompose.
- Septic tanks are available in a variety of configurations, including double-compartment and single-compartment configurations.
- It still carries pathogens, contaminants, and organic waste despite the fact that it has undergone some treatment.
- Accordingly, wastewater shall not be dumped onto the ground’s surface or into any surface or ground water.
- The drainfield should be suitably covered with grasses or shallow-rooted plants to prevent erosion.
- Its capacity to function as an efficient filter may be compromised if the soil is contaminated.
Think about how frequently you use your home’s water sources, together with how long it takes for bacteria in the system to react with the solids over a lengthy period of time, and you’ll see why the system must be running at all times, not only to keep it running but to keep it running properly.
Get in touch with Countryside Construction Inc. now to discover more about the inner workings of your aerobic septic system in Canyon Lake and the Foothill Communities of Texas! Aerobic Treatment Systems are a subcategory of this category. Admin is the author of this blog article.
Common Problems That Occur with Aerobic Septic Systems
6:15 p.m. on June 26, 2019 Use of an aerobic treatment system at Canyon Lake, TX is widespread. Possibly you are in the process of purchasing or relocating to a property that employs an aerobic septic system. In the event that you are unfamiliar with this form of septic system, it is crucial to recognize that they are very different from regular septic systems, and that they come with their own set of possible concerns. As long as you have regular aerobic septic system maintenance performed by an experienced and qualified technician, you will most likely not have any problems with your system.
After all, you can only avoid or correct an issue if you are aware that one exists!
- Having no power: Do not be alarmed if you realize that your aerobic septic system has just ceased operating. First, make sure that the power switch for your aerobic septic system hasn’t been unintentionally switched off, and that the power breaker hasn’t been tripped by another appliance or person. This is frequently the case, and it is one of the most straightforward difficulties to resolve
- Problems with submersible pumps: Is your submersible pump not performing as it should be? Investing in a new submersible pump is sometimes the most cost-effective solution to this problem. However, it is possible that the problem is due to faulty wiring or a faulty float, which may be resolved without the need to replace the complete pump. A low level of air pressure in your aerobic septic system: Have you observed that the level of air pressure in your aerobic septic system is lower than it should be? This has the potential to be a significant problem for the operation of your system. However, it may be resolved by purchasing a new aerator or, if feasible, repairing any problems with your present aerator. The timer or photocell is not functioning properly: The timer and photocell are two extremely crucial components of your aerobic septic system, since they are responsible for retaining the water in the pump tank until it is time to release it into the environment. In the event that this portion of your system isn’t functioning properly, it is possible that one of these components is malfunctioning. A problem with your spray head might be caused by it not rotating properly or not popping down after spraying once it has finished. Unfortunately, a professional will be able to repair or replace this component with relative ease. Failure to perform routine maintenance: In the event that you fail to get your aerobic septic system maintained on a regular basis by a skilled and licensed expert, the likelihood that one of the problems outlined above will occur increases significantly. Stick to a regular maintenance plan and delegate the work to an experienced professional to avoid this destiny
Do you have a nagging feeling that something is amiss with your septic system but aren’t sure what it may be? We are here to assist you! Make a call to Countryside Construction Inc., and we will dispatch a team to assist you with your aerobic treatment system in Canyon Lake, TX. Contact us now. We look forward to being of service to you in the near future! Septic Services,Aerobic Treatment Systems,Aerobic Treatment Systems Admin is the author of this blog article.
Septic system, how might you fail me? Let me count the ways.
It is possible that onsite sewage systems will work properly in an ideal world in which everything is done flawlessly by all parties all of the time, and their owners will never have a problem. Sadly, though, we do not live in a utopian society. As they say, “s**t happens” from time to time. (Please excuse the pun.) The majority of septic system owners have been cautioned that failing to pump their tanks on a regular basis is the quickest way to ensure that their systems collapse. As the particles in the septic tank build up, the effluent water leaving the tank becomes dirtier and dirtier, and it begins to transport solids out with the flow to the drain field, causing a backup.
- Considering how much emphasis is placed on frequent pumping in the septic industry, it’s unsurprising that many property owners feel their septic system should give decades of service under any conditions, so long as they get their tank cleaned and pumped on a regular basis.
- Natural occurring microorganisms (such as those found in the human gut) are used to digest and treat sewage in on-site sewage treatment and dispersion systems, which are complex biological ecosystems in themselves.
- Whenever the microbiology in the sewage treatment plant becomes toxic, it can have a detrimental influence on treatment performance or cause the septic system to operate badly in other ways as a result of the contamination.
- I have seen or heard of septic systems malfunctioning or failing for a wide range of reasons.
- Some were occupant or user-related, while others were related to age or weather/climate.
- I’ve attempted to categorize these products into one of four broad groups; however, some items may fall into more than one of these categories.
The user/occupier or the maintenance personnel Related: • Inadequate pumping of the septic tank, as well as other neglect of the system – Hydraulic overloading as a result of excessive water consumption A hydraulic overload can occur as a result of leaking plumbing fixtures, particularly toilet flappers (which should be replaced every 5 years).
– A septic tank effluent filter or screened pump vault that is very unclean (clogged).
paint, paint thinner, toxins, excessive bleach or anti-bacterial soaps,quaternary ammonia based cleaning products, cat litter, etc.) -occupants who have been on prolonged antibiotics or chemotherapy -Occupants who have been on prolonged antibiotics or chemotherapy (can kill the good microbes in septic tank) – Solids entering the drain field, organic overloading as a result of not draining the tank frequently enough – Excessive use of a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink (in Canada aka a “garburator”).
- In turn, this increases the organic content of the septic tank effluent, which might cause blockage of the drain field to occur more frequently.
- • Discharging the brine from the water softener into the septic system It is not recommended to drive or construct over portions of the septic system.
- using an excessive quantity of washing powder that does not dissolve properly – An excessive amount of lint from laundry is obstructing the drain field (there areeconomical lint filtersthan can prevent this) 2.
- Some (but not all) standards and designs include soil loading rates that are too high to be sustainable, and this can eventually result in failure due to an excessive build-up of biomat on trench bottoms or sidewalls, which will cause a collapse.
- “Mud puddle effect” caused by particles in the drainage stone being washed away by effluent and deposited at the infiltrative surface, resulting in a layer with poor permeability and hydraulically limiting properties, known as a hydraulically limiting layer.
- – A heave of ice (can separate or rip access risers from tanks, allowing infiltration) The presence of roots in pipelines and drain fields.
Related to a component or piece of equipment: leaky tank (cracks in concrete tanks, gaps in mastic applied to seams, deformation or punctures in plastic tanks), leaking gaskets, access riser connections, or seams that are not waterproof, enabling infiltration or exfiltration (which can cause well contamination) – Failure of the pump Failed aerator/blower system A sophisticated treatment system is not functioning as intended (discharging poor quality effluent to drain field or the environment) – A malfunctioning distribution valve (eg.
spring breaks, debris inside valve, back pressure on valve, etc.) Some septic system difficulties, unfortunately, are caused by faults in the sizing or design of the septic system, or by flaws in the installation of the septic system.
Construction-related issues include: design, installation, and construction.
Compaction of native site soils or fill (for example, by driving over the drain field area with tired vehicles) prior to the installation of the drain field – Differential (uneven) settlement of septic fill – can be caused by end-dumping fill in thick layers rather than spreading fill in thin “lifts” and consolidating with tracked equipment – Drain field products (for example, chambers) settling into loose septic fill after the drain field has been installed • Incorrect soil/site evaluation; incorrect soil type; inadequate permeability.
The groundwater table was assessed incorrectly (Groundwater table higher than anticipated) – The soil loading rate is insufficient for the soil or fill type (incorrect system sizing) Failures in the installation process (trenches not level, pipes settling, tanks settling) The presence of waterproof components that allow groundwater or surface water to infiltrate (eg.
– Components that are not meant to be protected against freezing conditions (for example, pipes that are not planned/installed to drain, and/or pipes above the frost line that remain full between dosages due to a lack of suitable soil cover or similar hard insulation).
Inadequate system design for the appropriate flows (average and peak daily flows, peak instantaneous flows) – System that was not built to handle the specific effluent characteristics (e.g.
The IVM6000 Intelligent Valve Monitor is capable of detecting and alerting users when a valve is malfunctioning.
Smart septic systems can alert to potential problems before its a big problem
If problems arise, it is preferable to identify them as soon as possible rather than waiting until a minor issue develops into a malfunction or, worse, a complete failure. The presence of rising liquid levels in one or more sections of the drain field is a clear sign that the drain field’s capacity has been surpassed. Early detection and intervention can frequently avert the need to replace the whole drain field, which is typically the most expensive element of the system to replace. At the first hint of a possible problem, SepticSitterTM can keep an eye on your tank and drain field, and notify you and/or your professional at the earliest opportunity.
People, on the other hand, spend equal amounts of money, if not more, on septic systems that are neither monitored or equipped with early warning systems!
Fortunately, technology has progressed and gotten more inexpensive, allowing “smart septic systems” to become a practical reality.
Prospective purchasers and their septic system inspectors will be able to see the historical data from the SepticSitter system when it comes time to sell the house.
Almost everyone in the industry has a tale about a notable failure.
I will update the lists above if I discover that I have overlooked an essential or common reason of septic system failure.