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Old 04-17-2015, 01:12 AM   #1
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How often do effluent filters need to be checked or cleaned?

Getting an old septic system pumped next month and considering having one added.

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Why? None of my houses with septic have ever had such a thing. And septic system design/installation is usually controlled by the local Health Department. If they didn't require you to have such a filter, you might not even be legally allowed to put it in. I'd check with them going too far with this.

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Why? None of my houses with septic have ever had such a thing. And septic system design/installation is usually controlled by the local Health Department. If they didn't require you to have such a filter, you might not even be legally allowed to put it in. I'd check with them going too far with this.
The septic is in Ontario; according to a report contracted by the township they have been required on all new tanks since 2006 and can significantly increase the life of a drain field. Basically if sludge or unsettled matter was going to go out the drainage pipe and clog up your drain field (leading to a very expensive repair, possibly upward of $10K) most of it gets caught in the filter instead.

Also, this is an old drain field, so anything inexpensive that helps extend life is good.

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Get the tank pumped regularly and you will never have this problem. For the tank to work correctly the ratio of liquid to solid ha te remain with a certain range. I get men pumped every 5 years .. Family of 2 , 900 gallon tank.
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Ayuh,.... The baffle at the exit of the tank, should be all the "Filter" needed,....
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The system hasn't been pumped since it was installed forty years ago. But it did have a big drainage field, low usage, and careful practices (e.g. no grease or fat), and was inspected once 10-15 years ago. When it's pumped in a month we'll see if it has survived...

Will plan on not adding an effluent filter, but obviously may have some work to do on the tank.

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My tank is pumped every 3 years by law and that is the same time I check and clean the filter. There is never much in it, but I didn't have it installed for "normal" operation, I installed it incase something would go wrong in a way that could send a bunch of undesirable materials to my drain field. I think of it like having circuit breakers. You never expect them to trip, but if they do hopefully the fact they were there helped to ensure that the problem didn't cause the house to burn down.
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The system hasn't been pumped since it was installed forty years ago. But it did have a big drainage field, low usage, and careful practices (e.g. no grease or fat), and was inspected once 10-15 years ago. When it's pumped in a month we'll see if it has survived...

Will plan on not adding an effluent filter, but obviously may have some work to do on the tank.

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If you did not have your tank pumped when they inspected it then they did not preform a proper inspection.
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Hasn't been pumped in 40 years? I expect you will have problems way beyond the septic tank. I can't imagine that solid/liquid ratio is anything near optimal much less functional.
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Hasn't been pumped in 40 years? I expect you will have problems way beyond the septic tank. I can't imagine that solid/liquid ratio is anything near optimal much less functional.
We'll find out in a few weeks (once the roads and yard are dry enough for trucks). The only reason there's a chance is that the place hasn't seen much use--four bathrooms but mostly seasonal use until recently, only two people living there now, a large drain field, and good practices in terms of what gets put into it.

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