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Septic Tanks

Septic systems can come in many different varieties. Some have pumps, floats, alarms, and timers, while others can just seem like a tank in the ground. Most common are gravity fed systems. Where water flows out to the drainfield as it comes into the septic tank. There are many different styles of septic tanks but the most common ones are single compartments and two compartments (which is standard now). While they can have different styles, a majority of septic tanks are always going to have large lids (18"-24") for the main lids, and small baffle lids located usually at the ends of the tank. If you are a homeowner trying to save money on digging costs from your septic provider be sure to know what lids you have, and where they are located. It can make for a cheaper bill in the long run!! 


​Newer septic systems come with large boxes on the sides of house or near the septic system. Most commonly these system will operate using Timers. Timers are used to prevent extra water being pushed to the drainfield and help catch leaky fixtures inside the house. By doing a couple of tests the timers can set to run the pump for only a limited amount of times in a day to preserve the life of your system. If you have one of these and always seem to be silencing your alarm during the rainy season or any period of time, it is possible there is excess water making it way into the tanks. With timers we tell our customer to wait approximately 12-24 hours to let the alarm go away. If the alarm does not go away after low water usage and time then it could be an actual problem inside. 

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​Septic Alarms are a newer technology used for systems now. If you have an alarm box then it means you have a combination of a pump and floats. If your alarm light is red or making a loud obnoxious noise then, that means there is a malfunction inside of your pump tank. This does not necessarily you need to be pumped! Alarms are just signals that water levels are high in the pump tank. These two alarm boxes we have as examples are common in residences. If you know you have a pump but aren't sure where the alarm is, double check places like your pantry, garage, under sinks, and in closets. Those indoor alarms are in places that they aren't noticeable. Make sure your alarm is on horn! You want to know as soon as that alarm goes off so you can get a service provider out there. It is possible you may have an outdoor alarm. Usually and outdoor alarm is within eyesight of where the pump tank is located. It never hurts to hit those test buttons to make sure that horn works!!!

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