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5 Reasons Why Cleaning Your Septic System’s Filter is Critical

Like most homeowners, you probably don’t think about your septic system until there’s a problem. And by then, it’s often too late. 

One of the best ways to avoid costly and inconvenient septic repairs is to properly maintain your system. This includes regularly cleaning the filter! In this article, we’ll discuss why it’s so important to have someone clean your septic system’s filter and how a professional like ACE does it correctly.

What Is a Septic Tank Filter?

Your septic tank has a filter located on the outlet pipe. It’s also called an effluent filter. This important component helps to prevent solids and scum from leaving the tank and clogging your drain field. Over time, however, the filter can become clogged with debris, preventing it from doing its job properly. If left unattended, it can also become problematic.

Why Is Cleaning My Septic Tank Filter So Important?

There are several reasons why septic system filter cleaning is so important: 

  1. Prevents Clogs: The filter prevents solids and scum from clogging your drain field. If it becomes clogged, it can’t do its job properly. 
  1. Improves Efficiency: A clean filter helps your septic system to run more efficiently. 
  1. Reduces Maintenance Costs: You can avoid costly repairs down the road by keeping your septic system running smoothly. 
  1. Protects the Environment: A well-functioning septic system is important for protecting our waterways from pollution. This is especially important in Florida as the water table via the Florida aquifer is one of our primary drinking water sources
  1. Increases Longevity: Regular maintenance can help extend the life of your septic system. 

A maintenance plan is essential to keeping your effluent filter in good working order.  If you go too long between cleanings, your filter can become clogged beyond repair and need to be replaced. This is an unnecessary expense that can easily be avoided with proper care.

How Often Should I Have My Filter Cleaned?

Generally, after your filter has been cleaned within the first six months of the system’s installation, you should have your septic system’s filter cleaned annually after that initial cleaning. However, this may vary depending on the size of your tank and the amount of water you use daily. It’s always best to consult a professional to determine the best cleaning schedule for your needs.

Scheduling Your First Filter Cleaning After a New Installation 

Cleaning your septic filter annually is fine for most homeowners, but you can’t wait long if your septic system is brand-new.

If your system was just installed, it’s important to have the filter cleaned within six months. This will help ensure that your system is functioning properly and reduce the chances of future problems. Skipping this crucial step could lead to backing up the drains in the house, and expensive repairs.

In fact, the first filter cleaning is so important that we recommend booking the appointment far in advance. 

After your initial appointment, you can schedule subsequent cleanings as needed. ACE will also alert you when your filter is due for scheduled maintenance, taking the worry and hassle out of septic care.

How to Clean Your Septic Tank Filter 

Cleaning your septic tank filter is simple for a professional septic service company like ACE. We carefully remove the filter from your tank and clean it with a high-pressure hose during the cleaning. We may also inspect other parts of your system to ensure everything is in good working order or make recommendations for something that needs attention. Once the filter is clean, we’ll put it back in place, and you’ll be good to go!

Can You Clean the Filter Yourself?

Cleaning your own effluent filter is possible but not recommended.  It’s a messy job, and it’s easy to damage the filter if you’re not careful. Plus, you won’t be able to inspect the rest of your septic system while there. It’s always best to leave it to the professionals.

If you need assistance cleaning your septic tank filter or have other septic service needs, our ACE Septic & Waste team is here to help! We offer a wide range of septic services, including pump outs, maintenance plans, and repairs. Contact us today to learn more. We’re always happy to help ensure that your septic system runs smoothly!

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