How to Clean a Septic Tank Outlet Filter

Outlet Filters on Septic Systems – and how to clean them

How to Clean a Septic Tank Outlet Filter

An outlet filter is an important part of your septic system. Our team in the Waikato has over 20 years of experience servicing and cleaning septic tanks and can help you clean your outlet filter. In this article, we explain the significance of an outlet filter, outline where you can find it on your septic tank, outline the importance of regular cleaning and discuss how to clean them. Contact us today for a quote.

What is a Septic Tank Filter?

All modern septic systems have a filter on the tank outlet. This helps prevent the contamination of your drain field by keeping out solid waste. Cleaning your septic tank outlet filter regularly helps maintain the health of your system and preventing the need for costly repairs.

Where Can I Find the Septic Tank Outlet Filter?

Your outlet filter cap should be located visible to the eye. You normally have amushroom / breather cap and then a second cap close by – this is your filter access.

The Importance of Cleaning a Septic Tank Filter

Frequently cleaning your septic tank outlet filter has many benefits for your septic system.

Preventing Your Drainage Field From Blockages

Cleaning a septic tank filter prevents solids from leaking into your drainage field and reduces its ability to absorb liquid. You should aim to clean your filter every 3 to 6 months.

Reducing Your Maintenance Costs

A clogged filter can cause your septic tank not to drain to your drainage field, causing your system to back up or block. Regular filter cleaning helps minimise problems with your system.

Extending Your Septic Tanks Lifespan

A septic tank with a filter will have a longer lifespan if you keep the filter clean. Waste will flow more efficiently and without disruption, placing less strain on your system.

How to Clean a Septic Tank With a Filter

You can clean your septic tank outlet filter by following these instructions:

  • Step 1 – Locate your septic tank – this is normally located by the white mushroom / breather cap in your lawn / garden.
  • Step 2 – You will have two white caps – the flat cap is normally your filter.
  • Step 3 – Gather rubber gloves and a hose
  • Step 4 – Remove the filter cap, reach in and your filter will have a handle, simply pull this up to remove your filter.
  • Step 6 – Hose down the filter to clean in, normally over your garden / lawn out of the way from daily use.
  • Step 7 – Put the filter back in and reinstall the lid.

Cleaning your septic tank outlet filter helps maintain the longevity of your system. Don’t want to clean the filter yourself? We’re Here to Help! Contact the team today and arrange a regular cleaning schedule.

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