What to Do When Your High Water Alarm Goes Off

A lift station control panel showing the high water alarm.

At ACE Septic & Waste, we understand that a sounding septic alarm can be, well, alarming. It’s designed to alert you to potential problems like high water levels or pump issues, preventing system overflow and environmental damage. It’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the components of your specific septic system to ensure proper maintenance and operation. This article is ACE Septic’s guide on high water alarms and what to do if you hear it sound.

Steps to Follow

  1. Stop Using Water: Limit water use to avoid adding more strain to your system. This might be caused by too much water use or rainfall. Try using less water.
  2. Inspect for Overflows: Look around your property for signs of sewage overflow or standing water.
  3. Check the Pump System: If the pump isn’t working, it could be an electrical or mechanical issue that requires a professional inspection.

When to Contact a Professional

Regardless of whether or not you see physical damage to your septic system or know the reason for the alarm, it’s time to call in the professionals from ACE Septic & Waste. We’re prepared to tackle septic emergencies quickly and efficiently.

Preventing Future Alarms

Don’t ignore a septic system alarm. Quick actions can prevent major issues. Regular maintenance is the key to a healthy system and will help avoid alarms. Proper maintenance of your septic system includes:

  • Get your septic tank pumped and inspected regularly.
  • Be careful with your water use, and do not flush harmful materials.

Why Does My Septic System Have an Alarm? 

The purpose of a high water alarm in septic systems is to provide an early warning that the water level in the pump tank is higher than average. This can indicate potential problems such as pump failure, blockages, or excessive water entering the system. The alarm allows homeowners or operators to act before the system overflows or backs up, preventing damage to the property, the septic system, and the surrounding environment. It’s a vital component for maintaining the septic system’s proper function and safeguarding public health.

Not all septic systems come equipped with high water alarms. Systems that rely solely on gravity for wastewater flow typically don’t include an alarm. However, septic systems incorporating pump tanks are common in Florida and are often used when the drain field is at a higher elevation than the septic tank or for advanced treatment systems. These systems usually have a high water alarm as a critical component. This alarm is an early warning system to prevent system overflow and environmental contamination.

Need Help?

If your septic system alarm sounds, contact ACE Septic & Waste. Our expert team is ready to solve any septic issues you might have and ensure your system works well. Contact us today for an inspection or maintenance. With ACE Septic & Waste, your septic system is in good hands.

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