Don't Let Your Septic Tank Filter Get Clogged!
A common misconception is that a septic tank pump out every 3 to 5 years is the only regular maintenance you need to ensure your septic system is working properly. Backups and slow downs can occur if your filter isn't cleaned regularly. If you have risers, this is an easy process. Pop the lid, pull out the filter, and hose it off. If you don't have risers, then a little more elbow grease is needed. The outlet side must be uncovered before you can pull the filter. This is another reason why having risers installed is ideal to cut down on the cost to maintain your septic system.
"Does my septic tank have a filter?"
If your septic tank is less than 20 years old, then chances are it does. Most older (and even some newer) septic tanks have concrete baffles and do not have a filter. You won't know for sure unless you've been told by a septic contractor or ask about it on your next pump out.
"If my septic tank doesn't have a filter, can I have one installed?"
Yes you can! Even if your septic tank has concrete baffles, you can still have a filter installed. This process includes breaking away the concrete baffle and replacing it with a PVC baffle tee that also houses the filter itself. This is a fairly cheap and easy process.
"What are the benefits of a septic tank filter?"
A septic tank filter prevent solids or any foreign matter from getting to your drainfield. It is inserted into the outlet baffle of the tank and catches those solids before they get to your drainfield. Since replacing a drainfield is the most expensive cost associated with a septic system repair, having a septic filter is an integral part of extending it's life.