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.
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.
Posted by ROBERT on 20th Jul 2015
WORKS GREAT. I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS TYPE PRODUCT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. STIMBLED ACROSS THIS BY ACCIDENT WHLE DOING A SEARCH FOR ANOTHER TYPE FILTER. COMES WITH ALL NECESSARY PARTS FOR FAS CONVIENT INSTALLATION.
Posted by Howard on 17th Jul 2015
3rd one I've purchased. Like what it does.
But it was a pain to buy this one. First it took forever to find it for sale on the internet. Then it was out of stock and then it took forever to get it.
Also I think it could be made easier to open to clean it out, some sort of pry lever or something. The first one I got opens ok. The second one was too tight and we had to use a screwdriver to pry the lid off each time. We'll see how this one is.
Also it's kind of yucky to clean it. Perhaps there can be disposable filter liners for it in the future.
But it does take a lot of lint out of the septic stream and I wouldn't run a septic without it. Cleaning the filter is small change compared to digging a new leach field.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Jun 2015
After the arrival of our unit we read the directions which should be made more clear in regard to how to get the lid off. We made a call and got a human named Jim who was great and helped us out of our dilemma.The unit went up and the first load of clothes got washed and we couldn't believe how much stuff got caught in the filter. Thanks for a great product!
All prices are in USD.