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What Should I Do When My Sewage Pump Chamber Alarm Goes Off?

Posted by ADB Septic on August 27, 2019
Sewage Pump ChamberFor homeowners who rely on sewage pump chambers, a damaged pump system can lead to a serious nightmare if they do not react fast enough. This is why pump chambers include built-in alarm systems to alert you when immediate action needs to be taken in order to repair your septic system. These alarm systems are designed to warn homeowners when the water level in their pump tank is either rising or falling too quickly. Sewage pump chamber alarms are not to be taken lightly, as they are warnings that your house could potentially be flooded or backed up with sewage within a day or two. Although there are some steps homeowners can take on their own to try and correct water level problems, calling in a professional is always the best policy to avoid further damage to your septic system and household.

So what exactly are Sewage Pump Chambers?

Sewage Pump Chambers are added after the septic tank has already been installed and receive all effluent flow from septic tanks where grade will not allow for proper pitch. In layman’s terms, this means that pump chambers are devices used in areas with unfavorable drainage that rely on pressurized discharge of the effluent instead of flowing by gravity. Pump chambers can also be effective tools to assist septic systems that are located at sites with unusually high water levels. These chambers typically consist of an effluent pump, control floats, and a high water alarm.

What could be causing the alarm to go off?

Too much water

Too much water might be currently running through the septic system. Large amounts of laundry, dishwashing, or lengthy showers are the usual culprits of excessive water usage in the home. However, higher rain levels can also cause seepage. This occurs when excess standing water around septic tanks seeps into the tanks, increasing their water level.


A broken piece

If too much water is not the problem, then chances are there is something wrong with one of the parts of your septic system. Any number of components such as the alarm, timer, pump or floats could be out of order and therefore cause the entire septic system to not work properly.

So what can you do?

The first step you can take to help ease the strain on your septic system is to cut back on your water usage. By reducing your water usage to the bare minimum possible, you can give the pump a chance to catch up. Most septic breakers will be outfitted with a red light indicating that the water level is rising to higher levels than it should be. Sometimes this red light will go out on its own after a few pump cycles (which typically last between 10-15 hours) if very little water is used during that time. If the light turns off by itself, this means that the system is working properly again. However, if the light has not turned off after 15 hours then it is time to contact a professional.


You should also contact a septic company immediately if you suspect that the problem may be more serious than excessive water usage, such as a broken component or flooding. Since septic system alarms are designed as warning systems, homeowners typically only have between 24-48 hours after their alarm goes off before sewage will start to back up into the house. As long as a professional is called in before your septic system reaches that point, they should be able to fix the pump before it causes any damage to your home. Whether the problem is something as small as a float replacement or as extensive as a large rehab, the best course of action is to have a septic service professional take a look before the situation gets out of hand.





ADB Septic: Commercial Septic System Services

A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, drains, and more.

Our business is committed to meeting your needs and completing your job with the utmost professionalism and precision. We put your satisfaction, safety, and comfort at the forefront of our priority list. When you hire us, you can achieve complete peace of mind.


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Topics: Pump Chamber Services, Sewage Pump Chambers

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