The difficulty for septic tank owners or managers is they cannot determine if there is a problem unless they smell it or a warning alarm sounds sooner than is expected. It does not happen often, but when it does, each alarm has to be dealt with immediately to prevent a larger problem. It is why each Ashburn VA septic system has an alarm for both high-level and wastewater release warnings.
Leaks either into or out of the tank are the usual cause of problems. Thunderstorms can force rain or generate enough floodwater into a septic tank. It can happen regardless if the service is properly secured if enough water floods the tank and triggers the high-level alarm. The same alarm alerts owners to a nearby, leaking pipe releasing water or other liquid into the tank.
The high-level alarm warns the septic tank manager to schedule a wastewater removal service. It provides time to schedule a tank truck, but should to be done quickly to avoid an emergency release of wastewater. When functioning correctly, this Ashburn VA septic sewer alarm can prevent this disaster and preclude thousands of dollars in cleanup and repair costs.
If the septic tank level continues to rise, it triggers the alarm for the second time. Each warning alarm has two primary pieces: The float control switch and the sewer ejector pump. Together, they sound the overfill warning and release wastewater or effluent into the surrounding area. After enough has been released, the float returns to its normal level, switching off the alarm and stopping the pump.
An Ashburn VA septic system alarm cannot detect odors, however. Since each septic system is a sealed operation, there should be no odor, even if you are standing on top of the access hatch. If there is still an odor a day after a waste removal or other service, the hatch may not have been secured properly.
If it was secured, then the most likely culprit is a leaking pipe into or out of the tank. Cracks in the intake or outlet pipes can slowly release wastewater into the surrounding soil, creating the sewage odor without adding any water to the tank or triggering the alarm.
SES-Atlantic maintains an in-house design team to create exactly what each residential and commercial customer needs for his home or facility. In addition to these requirements, we have also successfully designed and installed septic systems for private hospitals and municipal buildings for almost 20 years.
If you prefer this level of control over your septic needs or are planning a new development outside a municipal sewer grid, call SES-Atlantic today at 866-249-5630 to schedule a design session. We can quickly create a septic system to your specifications.