Frequently Asked Questions About Effluent Filters for Septic Tanks

Frequently Asked Questions About Effluent Filters for Septic Tanks

21st May 2020

If you are having a new septic system installed, or you are having repairs made to yours, the septic technician may recommend you install an effluent filter. If you have never heard of this before, you may have many questions. Here are a few common questions you may have about effluent filters.

What is an Effluent Filter?

An effluent filter is a filter that is installed on the drain side of your septic tank. It helps to keep any solid waste from flowing out of your tank, causing problems in your drain field or leading to failure or clogs in your outgoing septic tank line.

Are Effluent Filters Required?

Some counties or cities do require you to install effluent filters on your septic tanks. However, the majority do not require these types of filters to be in place, especially if you live in a rural area.

What Are the Benefits of an Effluent Filter?

There are several benefits to installing an effluent filter on your septic tank. The first is that it can help prevent failure in your septic tank. The filter helps catch any solids that can clog your outgoing drain line. If water and liquids cannot flow out of your drain line, your tank can back up or crack. Also, catching solids helps ensure these solids don't make their way to your drain field, where bacteria issues can arise. Lastly, the filter helps to ensure the solid waste doesn't leave the tank, which ensures the waste won't leach into soil or clean water supplies.

What Are the Signs That an Effluent Filter Needs to Be Cleaned?

Most effluent filters will rise or begin to float when they need to be cleaned. If yours does not do this, the manufacturer will recommend a frequency, such as every three or six months, for when the filter should be cleaned by.

How Often Does an Effluent Filter Need to Be Replaced?

An effluent filter should be replaced if it is becoming brittle, has cracked, is twisted or damaged, is no longer catching waste or is showing signs of wear. When in doubt, throw it out.