Cleaning and Locating Your Septic Filter

Jul 05, 2023

Cleaning and Locating Your Septic Filter

A septic filter is an essential component of a septic system responsible for filtering effluent as it leaves the tank. The device traps solids, such as grease, hair, non-flushable materials, and other debris, preventing them from entering the drainfield. A septic filter is typically installed in the outlet baffle or tee of the septic tank, where wastewater flows out toward the drainage area.

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Over time, solid waste and debris can accumulate on the filter, thereby impeding the flow of effluent from the septic tank to the drainfield. If the septic filter becomes clogged, it can lead to slow drainage, sewage backups, or even septic system failure. That’s why it’s advisable to have the septic filter cleaned as needed to prevent clogs and ensure proper functioning of the septic system. Here at Septic Blue of Charlotte, we understand the importance of keeping your septic filter clean and in good working condition. If you’re looking for a trusted septic company to help you with your septic system needs, look no further than Septic Blue of Charlotte. From septic tank pumping to septic tank repair and septic tank installation, we do it all.

Let’s walk you through the steps to follow when cleaning the septic tank filter.

Step 1: Remove the lid

First, remove the access lid to the septic tank in order to access the filter. You may need to use a screwdriver to remove the lid.

Step 2: Locate the septic tank filter

The filter is usually located in the outlet baffle or tee of the septic tank. If you’re having trouble locating the filter, refer to your system's manual or seek the help of a reputable septic company.

Step 3: Access the filter

Depending on the type of filter, you may need to remove a cover or unscrew a cap using a screwdriver.

Step 4: Remove the filter

Carefully lift or unscrew the filter from its housing. Take note of its orientation for proper reinstallation.

Step 5: Inspect and clean the filter

Examine the filter for any visible debris or buildup. Use a brush or scrubbing pad to gently scrub away the accumulated solids, hair, grease, or other debris. Take care not to damage the filter mesh or perforations.

Step 6: Rinse the filter

Spray the filter with a garden hose to remove any remaining debris. The water pressure should be gentle enough to avoid damaging the filter.

Step 7: Reinstall the filter

Lastly, reinstall the filter and ensure it is properly oriented according to its original position. Secure the cover or cap tightly to prevent leaks.

As you can see, cleaning a septic filter is a process that requires an in-depth understanding of how a septic system works. If you’re not sure how to go about the process, it’s best to leave the job to a professional septic company.

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