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Effluent filters are cylindrical, slotted, plastic devices on septic system outlets. They are used to sift solid waste, preventing it from exiting the system and making its way to the soil absorption system. Effective and affordable, effluent filters can be essential to extending the life of your septic system and drain field.
How to Choose the Right Effluent Filter
When it’s time to choose the right effluent filter for your septic system, you’ll need to know:
- The number of gallons moving into the septic tank on a daily basis
- The required slot size – Please note that the slot size of the effluent filters on the average residential septic tank system is 1/16.
At Wholesale Septic Supply, we sell the very best in NSF Standard 46 rated effluent filters (and other septic system components). Our experts can help you determine the best effluent filter for your residential and/or business septic system needs.
How to Maintain Effluent Filters
Regularly cleaning a septic system’s effluent filters is critical to the proper functioning of the system – and to preventing clogs, backups and system failures. In general, it’s recommended that effluent filters are:
- Inspected on a monthly basis
- Cleaned every few months to few years, depending on the waste water flow entering the system.
Experts recommend cleaning effluent filters whenever the septic tank is being pumped (because there won’t be any risk of waste being released from empty septic tank when the effluent filter is removed). The filter will, however, have to be cleaned between septic tank pumps. In these cases, it’s important to:
- Check the system’s waste levels before removing the effluent filter – This can reveal if the system may be clogged and/or if it’s best to pump the system before cleaning the filter.
- Stop running water in the home or building – This will prevent additional waste water from being delivered to the system while the filter is being cleaned and/or other maintenance work is being performed.
When to Replace an Effluent Filter
Whenever an effluent filter begins to appear worn, damaged and/or cracked – or whenever it is failing to catch waste, it’s time to replace it. The effluent filters at Wholesale Septic Supply start as low as $35 – and they can go a long way to preventing system failures that can cost upwards of $20,000.
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