How to Tell When Your Septic Filter Needs Changing

What exactly is a septic tank filter? What purpose does it serve? The septic tank filter is a device inserted in the outlet of the septic tank where waste water flows into the drainfield. It’s purpose is to filter waste as it travels from the septic tank to the drainfield, keeping solid waste particles from going through. When these solids build up in the drainfield it can cause flooding and sewage backups which can be very expensive to repair or replace, so it’s very important for these fields to be functioning properly.

Installing a septic filter can help increase the life of your septic system while being a cost effective alternative to repairing or replacing your waste system. Although installing the septic filter requires monthly maintenance, it’s a small price to pay compared to replacing your drainfield if it fails. According to houselogic.com it can cost between $2,000-$10,000 or more to replace your system depending on the size.

In between cleanings of your septic filter there are a couple of signs to look for that will give you a good idea of the working condition of your filter.

  • Does water drain from household fixtures slower than usual?
  • Is there wastewater buildup on or around the relief gully outside the house?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, you should consider getting your filter looked at by a professional. Regular Maintenance of your septic filter is important for it to function properly. If it is not inspected and cleaned regularly, it can begin to clog the outflow area and create problems in your septic tank. This may sound counterproductive, but a clog in the septic tank is much easier to handle and less costly to fix than a faulty drainfield.

There are many factors that come into play when deciding the frequency of septic filter maintenance:

  • Size of filter
  • Environmental conditions
  • Number of occupants in the household
  • Size of septic tank
  • Nature of wastewater (based off diet habits and types and quantities of cleaning products used)

It can be very difficult to get these questions answered on your own so consult with a professional septic tank service company to establish how often you need to have your septic filter cleaned.

Proper maintenance by certified septic system professionals is the only certain way to make sure all aspects of your septic system are functioning properly. If you need guidance deciding on the right septic system company, take a look at our blog here for some helpful tips. To take some pressure off your septic filter, consider using products like SepticMaxx to help reduce build up and ensure proper drainage into your drainfield. Give us a call today at 800-397-2384, we have septic professionals standing by ready to help you with your septic tank needs.

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