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Septic System Alarm Box Porter County La Porte County


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If you are hearing a ringing, buzzing or other similar "alert sound" coming from your septic alarm, you may be experiencing a problem with the pump in your septic system and it is important to have it checked out right away. Much like the low gasoline indicator in your car, this alert notifies you know action is needed soon, and you do not want to wait to get an appointment scheduled.  


Contact us right away by call, text, or email to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule online by clicking the link below.  Please let us know that you have an alarm going off so we can prioritize your service if possible. 

Why Is My Septic Alarm Going Off?

While it can be a cause for concern, understanding the reasons behind a triggered septic alarm can help you address the issue promptly and prevent potential damage to your system. Here are a few common reasons your septic system alarm might be going off: 

  • High Water Level: One of the primary reasons for a septic alarm to go off is an elevated water level within the septic tank. Excessive water consumption, leaks, or a sudden influx of water can cause the tank to fill up faster than it can drain. This situation triggers the alarm to alert you that the tank's capacity is nearing its limit. If your household has been using more water than usual or if you suspect a leak, it's essential to investigate and address the issue promptly.

  • Pump Failure/Float Replacement: A malfunctioning septic pump or dislodged float can also lead to an activated alarm. The pump & float(s) play a crucial role in transferring wastewater from your septic tank to the drain field or a municipal sewer line. If the pump fails or becomes clogged, the alarm will notify you of the problem.  

  • Electrical Issues: Septic alarms rely on an electrical connection to function properly. If there's an interruption in the power supply or a fault in the alarm's electrical system, it can result in a false alarm or prevent the alarm from sounding when it should. Check the circuit breaker or fuse associated with the septic system to ensure that it hasn't tripped or blown. 

  • Blockage or Clogged Pipes: A blockage in the plumbing system or clogged pipes can disrupt the normal flow of wastewater from your home to the septic tank. This can cause backups, leading to an increased water level and a triggered alarm. To address this issue, you may need to contact a Plumber if having your septic pumped does not resolve the issue. 

  • Failed Drain Field: The drain field is responsible for the final treatment and disposal of effluent from the septic tank. If the drain field fails to absorb or disperse the wastewater properly, the excess liquid may flow back into the tank, causing an alarm to sound. This issue can be caused by various factors, such as soil compaction, root intrusion, or hydraulic overload.


 When your septic alarm goes off, it's vital not to ignore it. Understanding the potential causes behind the alarm activation can help you address the issue promptly and prevent costly damages to your septic system. Regular maintenance can also help prevent alarm triggers and keep your septic system running smoothly for years to come. If you're unsure about the cause or unable to resolve the problem yourself, contact us for assistance.  

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