Sticky septic float


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Old 09-09-18, 12:33 PM
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Sticky septic float

Hopefully someone here can help. My septic tank has been triggering the high level alert. I go out, turn on the pump manually and drain it. Repeat. I have narrowed my problem down to a float that when raised slowly, doesn't trip the pump on. If I bump it or manually raise it more quickly, it triggers. Does this float just need to be replaced or can I maybe shake some sense into it?
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Old 09-09-18, 12:38 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

If it shows ANY signs of being intermittent...... replace it.
 
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Old 09-09-18, 06:09 PM
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Okay, thanks. There are 3 floats. Should I replace them all out just the malfunctioning one? Is there only one type of plug it do I need to check it out first?
 

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Old 09-09-18, 07:09 PM
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On a three float system..... the bottom one is pump off, the middle one is pump on and the top one is high water alarm. I'd just change the defective one.
 
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Old 09-09-18, 07:24 PM
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I've been reading up and I think that I would need a wide angle float. I'll have to check out the plugs because all I'm seeing are piggyback plugs and I don't think I need one of those or hard wired which I don't have either. More investigation needed!😊
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Old 09-09-18, 07:38 PM
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The middle float should be slightly lower than the turn on point so that as the liquid rises the float tips. Not really sure what a wide angle type would be. Most of the floats I've replaced were hardwired.
 
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Old 09-09-18, 07:55 PM
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I saw wide angle meaning they needed to ride 90 degrees used for the on/off floats while the narrow angle for alarms only goes 10 degrees to trigger. It may be my wires are hardwired. Now that I think of it, the 4 wires may be going into a conduit of some sort into a junction box. I didn't look closely, they looked like round black plugs but maybe not.
 
 

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