The Filtrol 160 washing machine filter removes non-biodegradable fibers from your washing machine discharge which is the leading cause of septic system and drainfield failure. It also is an effective tool for reducing sewer line plugging for those who are on city sewer. Wexco is the exclusive distributor for the patented Filtrol 160, the only true washing machine filter designed for washing machines on the market.
The Filtrol-160™ is a patented, re-useable filter that attaches to your washing machine discharge hose and removes the non-biodegradable fibers like polyester and nylon, sand, hair and pet fur before they go down the drain and plug your septic system and drainpipes. Even Laundromats and government facilities are using the Filtrol-160™.
This product is now being used by and/or recommended by · Universities · State Water Quality Agencies · Professional Contractors · Homeowners · Laundromats · Engineering and Consulting Firms · Entire Communities and Neighborhoods · Environmental Agencies · Mobile Home Parks · Some Government Agencies have stated "This product is long overdue" and would like to make the Filtrol-160™ a code requirement! Why? Because it works!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Removing the lid on the Filtrol 160™ - The lid pulls off, it is not threaded. Disconnect the clips from the lid and remove the canister from the wall bracket; place the palm of your hand on top of the lid and your fingers over the edge of the lid, with pressure on your fingers pull up on the edge of the lid. Do not pull up on the lip around the canister; this is part of the canister not part of the lid. When lid has been removed, you can apply a silicone type lubricant to the O-ring for ease of removing the lid in the future.
Lid is stuck; cannot remove it, what can I do - Using a screwdriver lightly lift on the lid at the indentation on either side of where the lid clips are located, do this on both sides of the lid to loosen the lid. Do Not force or use alot of pressure to prevent breaking the lid.
What is included with the Filtrol 160™ - It comes with a filter bag, 5 feet of hose, 2 clamps, 1 inch threaded x 1 inch barbed elbow fitting, 1 inch threaded x 1 inch barbed straight fitting and a mounting bracket for easy installation (you supply the 2 screws that hold the bracket on the wall). Most homeowners can install the unit in 10-15 minutes.
Tell me about the filter bag - The bag is a 200 micron filter. It is a re-usable filter bag and should be cleaned out over a garbage container every 1-3 weeks and will last 1-2 years. It will depend on the number of loads you wash and how much lint and dirt goes into the filter bag. Replacement bags are $12.95 and can be ordered on SepticSafe.com. Most customers prefer to order an additional bag to save on shipping charges.
My washing machine hose is not the same size as needed for the Filtrol 160™ - Available on SepticSafe.com are two Connector Adapter Kits, 1 1/4" and 3/4" are the sizes.
These are examples of typical installations, however, because not all laundry rooms are the same you may have to modify your set-up.
The main things you will want to take into consideration when installing your Filtrol-160™ will be:
· Location - You will not want to install the Filtrol-160™ under a low hanging cabinet. This could interfere with the removal of the filter for cleaning. You will need a minimum of 24 inches to be able to remove the sump canister from the wall bracket. If possible, the top of the Filtrol-160™ should not exceed 60 inches. Discharge hose can be routed to a standpipe, wallbox or laundry tub (figures 1 & 2).
· Discharge Hose - If existing discharge hose is brittle, split or the wrong size, it should be replaced with 1" ID hose (supplied). Note: On some washing machines (General Electric, for example) you may need to order the Connector Adapter Kit to attach the new hose. This kit can be found on SepticSafe.com under the filter tab. On most machines the new hose will easily attach to the fitting that protrudes from the back. Be aware that some machines will discharge 2-3 cups of water when hose is removed.
· Attachment - When attaching bracket to the wall, screws should be driven into a stud (see figure 3). The Filtrol-160™ will become extremely heavy when it is full of water. If drilling into plaster or drywall and you can not locate a stud, expander bolts, or toggle bolts, should be used. Hint: First attach the bracket to a 3/4 inch thick piece of plywood, then attach the plywood to the wall.
· Cleaning - Frequency of cleaning the filter will depend on the types and amounts of materials being laundered. In most cases the filter will need to be cleaned every 10-15 washloads. Clean filter often for best results.
· Caution - Always unplug washing machine before moving it or performing any type of service.
The Filtrol-160™ comes with a 90 day money back guarantee. If after using the Filtrol-160™ for 3 months, you don’t think it is protecting your system, send it back for a full refund. Most people, after seeing how well it works, begin recommending it or giving them as gifts to their friends and neighbors, after all, the only thing worse than having a failed system is living next door to one. We have even received letters from people saying that after using this filter (and stopping the constant assault of material fibers) their sluggish and failed systems have started working again.
90 day warranty, if the product does not perform with in 90 days, ship it back for a full refund.
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Posted by Jim on 17th Apr 2017
After only a few loads, I can see it will be well worth the money. The amount of lint, dirt and crud this filter removes from the drain water would wreak havoc on my septic tank. I have a 4 year old son who loves getting muddy and dirty. His clothes are filthy when they go in the wash and clean coming out. The dirt would normally wind up in the septic tank, clogging the drain field pipes. This will prevent that. I will get a second filter element. That way I can let the dirty one dry and shake the dirt and lint into the trash can. This product needs to be a standard part of proper septic tank care.
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 17th Apr 2017
Had to have the drain line from the washer and kitchen to the main line cleaned after a blockage. Lint blockage because of fabric softener usage.
The new filter worked right off the bat, good system even tho plumbing fittings are a pain in the butt.
Posted by Ray M on 2nd Apr 2017
Having recently purchased a home in the country side and now having to make use of a septic system, I started looking for good information regarding use and care of the system and keep it free of problems down the road. I came across the Filtrol 160 on an internet search and after being unable to find any similar product I decided this is a must buy. The installation was simple.The laundry area in our double wide is not large, but with some minor adjustments, I was able to connect the filtration unit to the washer and run the lower hose from the Filtrol straight down into the drain waste pipe.
Everything functions well, lid comes off and back on easily, and after a test run to check for leaks, all is well. Though a bit pricey, this unit is worth the purchase to prevent major problems with lint clogging up the leach field.
At the time of purchase I also ordered 2 additional filter bags and 1 o-ring so I'd have them on hand in the future if/when needed.
Posted by Bob on 26th Feb 2017
Just installed it a couple of days ago and so far so good. Good quality design and easy to install with the exception of the flex hose and its seal on the lid hose barb which took some fooling around to get it to stop leaking. The flex hose ID is smaller that the hose barb and require a lot of twisting to get it on. If you use the plumbers putty as suggested it just wipes off as you try inserting the barb. I finally used the Teflon tape on the hose barb, several wraps along with the aviation clamp provided and it stopped leaking. All in all it is really a nice device. Another concern may be when you have to remove the lid as there is really no place to get under it to separate if from the housing and in time it might be difficult to remove as dirt get in around the O-ring, only time will tell. The filter bag itself picks up the smallest of particles and the flow is good throughout. I did not install if very high to limit head height on the wash machine pump which could damage the pump. We have it dumping into a tub next to the wash machine so it located at just a little higher than the wash machine. This was also done to aid in removal of the lid, filter and reassemble. I would recommend this product to keep your septic system from clogging up which if it does it will cause you many more dollars than this device.
Posted by Unknown on 25th Feb 2017
This is our second filter. After 12 years of catching gagging lint, the top cracked. The new one looks and works great. Its the Superior wAy in my opinion, to keep the gunk left over when washing clothes out of the drain, pipes, and septic. Thus is a good thing when a Pig Pen, lives under the same roof.
Posted by Unknown on 17th Oct 2016
Be careful and go slow when putting right angle and straight adapters into the unit. I cross threaded at first but was able to correct it.
Use plumbers putty on the entire length of th fitting that goes into intake and drain hoses. Needed two clamps for the top inlet.
Got a tube of super lube at harbor freight, smeared it all over the gasket and the inside lip of the top. Just a fingernail and a twist of a butter knife gets top off. Will re-lube as needed.
Lastly, with my install about 60" off the floor and a speed queen top loader, was getting foam coming out of drain pipe. Got a one foot section of the largest pipe insulation and wrapped this around the drain hose so that 4" was above the pipe, no more suds.
I got a total of 3 bags and glad I did. Just remove the linty bag, wring it put and rest it between washer and dryer to dry. Invert it when dry and the lint peels off like sunburnt skin.
Working well so far. Little obsessed but I have to admit that that I like to go and watch the unit in action when the washer is on spin.
Posted by filtrol 160 on 25th Jan 2016
Second one I've owned. It works great to get lint out but as other reviewers say a little tricky getting it to open up to clean out the filter. Once you learn where the notches are on the lid it releases pretty easily with a little help from a screwdriver.
I had a challenge connecting my 3/4" washing machine hose to the 1" filtrol connection and hose supplied with the unit but after buying a connector at the hardware store it was easy.
We have a basement laundry room and this filter not only protects the septic system it also keeps lint out of the basement sewage pump and prevents clogging and ruining the pump. $140 is a small price to pay to protect your septic system.
Posted by jm on 8th Oct 2015
Works good but it could be less expensive and also shipping charges
Posted by Unknown on 14th Aug 2015
I received my order promptly and it installed very easily! We have four dogs in our house and a septic system. Our sump pump was constantly filling up with lint and dog hair. This system works really well and traps all the hair and lint. It performs perfectly!!
Posted by Unknown on 10th Aug 2015
For households that are interested in maintaining an aging septic system, this is a great trouble free product. We have this installed in our primary residence and at a rental complex.. It is amazing how much fiber is trapped.
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