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Septic Tank Filters

Your septic system is naturally very efficient at separating solids from effluent and scum in the septic tank under normal conditions. Sometimes the natural balance of healthy bacteria can be thrown off and interfere with proper breakdown of waste, or household items that don’t belong in the septic system are thrown down the drains.

When this happens, non-biodegradable solids will float around the tank and even cause clogs in the system. It’s very important to try to prevent solids from moving to the drain field where they can cause even further blockages.

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Benefit of Septic Tank Filters

Septic tank filters (also called effluent filters) are an effective strategy to catch solids before they move out of the tank. It aids in catching the smaller materials that aren’t broken down in the initial part of the separation process. By reducing particulates from reaching the drain field, you will save yourself a lot of headaches.

Septic tank filters will undoubtedly extend the life of your drain field and reduce the need for repairs and replacements over time.

Frequently Asked Questions about Septic Tank Filters

Where is the filter located?

The septic filter is located at the area where effluent leaves the tank and enters the drain field.

How to tell if the filter is working

If you aren’t experiencing any issues with your system, you can assume the filters are doing their job. If the absorption field isn’t clogging up, that means solids aren’t reaching that area.

A septic contractor can also check the filters when performing a pumping service or inspection to ensure it is free and clear of debris.

How often should septic tank filters be cleaned?

The answer to this question can vary depending on several factors like household waste production, water usage, type of filter, how often the tank is pumped, and how well you avoid putting non-biodegradables down the drains.

We recommend first getting the filter checked within 6 months to a year after installation, and then extending that period of time to every couple years if everything looks good. Some households need their filter cleaned more often than others.

How often should a septic tank be pumped?

Regular maintenance is a key part of keeping your filter in good condition. Depending on the size of your tank and how much waste your system processes, the tank should be pumped at least every 3-5 years (and sometimes more!).

Does my septic tank have a filter?

There are now regulations that require most newer systems to have an effluent filter. If your septic tank was installed more recently, you can assume it has a filter. Ultimately, if you are unsure, you can call your local septic company to come take a look! An inspection is never a bad idea.

Septic & Drainfield depot can clean and replace effluent filters of all types, so never hesitate to give us a call.

Reasons Effluent Filters Get Clogged

  1. Large volumes of wastewater are being generated by the household and causing turbulence in the tank.
  2. Running multiple water-using appliances and devices at once, like the dishwasher and shower at the same time.
  3. Iron filters and water softeners produce excess solids that get caught in the septic system filter.
  4. Too many food scraps get placed in the garbage disposal and produce solids in the tank that can clog the effluent filter.
  5. Fats, oils, and grease get poured down the drain when they should be disposed of properly.
  6. There’s no lint filter on the outlet hose and the washing machine produces too much lint.
  7. Hygiene products, paper towels, and other solids get dumped into toilets and cause clogs in the filter.
  8. Strong detergents and soaps will kill good bacteria in the tank and slow down the decomposition of solid waste into sludge. Antibacterial soap should be avoided.
  9. Medications get flushed down the toilet and kill tank bacteria.
  10. Homeowners place harmful and harsh additives in their tank that can cause a buildup of biofilm and destroy bacteria.
  11. It’s been too long since the tank has been pumped by a professional.

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