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Installation Guide

Installation Guide

Installing septic system components should generally be left to a professional, but some products found on this site can be installed by homeowners.  The following instructions are designed to help the DIY novice install components properly.  Please note that homeowners assume all responsibility for installation and following all local and state codes, rules, laws and guidelines.

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. 

 Filtrol 160 Installation:

  • The Filtrol 160™ comes with extra hose, clamps, fittings, 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.
  • These are examples of typical installations, however, because not all laundry rooms are the same you may have to modify your set-up.

  • Measurements of the Filtrol 160 Lint Filter : 12.25 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide - these measurements do not include the discharge hose from the washing machine or the discharge hose from the filtrol 160 itself. 


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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 to have a minimum of 24 inches to be able to remove the canister from the wall mounted bracket, and still have proper drainage.  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. Note: On some washing machines (General Electric, for example) you may need to obtain a 1 inch union fitting (available at most hardware stores) to properly attach the new hose. For your convience, on the SepticSafe.com store we do sell two Connector Adapter Kits; 3/4" and 1 1/4" in size. 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.



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