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How to Locate and Clean Your Septic Tank Filter

Your Step by Step Guide

Septic tank filters are generally placed inside of the baffle of your tank. Filters are significant due to the fact that they help control the flow to the drainage area.  Septic tank filters are especially important in locations where the waste is essentially being transported from the septic tank to the drainage zone. If your septic tank filter is not functioning, or if you do not have a filter at all, the waste can eventually clog up the drainage process. This can also occur if your septic tank filter is not cleaned regularly. The waste can actually cut the flow of water into the drainage.

Follow these easy step-by-step directions to clean your septic tank filter.

Tools Required

  • Screwdriver
  • Hose
  • Gloves

Remove the Lid

The septic tank should have an access lid. This lid has been put into place to keep children away and circumvent possible accidents. It would be a good idea to leave an orange safety cone or sign next to it if you have any concerns. In order to get access to the filter, you will need to remove that lid. This is where you will use your screwdriver to get to the septic tank filter.

Remove the Filter

Always keep in mind that your septic tank is filled with feces and waste. In order to protect yourself, you should wear a mask and gloves to shield yourself from the odor and bacteria. Locate the pipe which is shaped like a T. This is the baffle pipe and is where the filter is kept.

Spray down the Filter

Position the filter in a spot where no-one can get sprayed and where the waste and water will not drop on anyone. Hose down the filter until you can no longer see any waste. Remember, it is important to be sure that you do not spray any of the water on yourself or anyone else, especially in the eyes.

Place the Filter into the Baffle Pipe

Once you are finished cleaning your septic tank filter, return it back to its proper place. But first, check to make sure that the filter is not damaged in any way.

Replace the Cover

Be sure to replace the cover tightly for the safety of others.

Of course, if you can’t or do not want to do this “crappy” job, you know who to call!  Saviour Septic, LLC will do the job for you.

A few tips to ensure the appropriate functioning of your septic tank include:

1.  Cleaning the filter at least once a year.

2.  Do not throw any objects into the sewer.  This will only damage or clog your septic tank.

3.  Septic tanks should be periodically pumped to avoid any buildup. If you do have a buildup, it can cause water to overflow into your yard.

4.  Keep an eye on small children to make sure that they don’t flush toys down the toilet. This is a common occurrence and one of the fastest ways to clog your septic tank.

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