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Septic tank filter

Posted by bus_driver (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 13, 11 at 18:33

My tank was installed in 2004 and has a filter built-in with access cover above the filter. My first with filter. When I pull out the filter, most of the debris just falls out and stays in the tank. I had hoped the filter would hold all the trapped debris as it was withdrawn from the tank, but almost all of it fell out into the filter housing. I have no pump to clear the housing cylinder. This is my only experience with septic filters.
Your experience? Suggestions?

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RE: Septic tank filter

Filters for solids on the septic output is relatively new around here and their intent is to keep solids from getting into the distribution system and leach fields. I replaced my septic tank recently and the filters are now required by code. Here's what I was told...

Remove the access cover, pull the filter, and use a hose to wash the material the filter collected off the filter and into the septic tank, replace the filter, and replace the access cover.

RE: Septic tank filter

I have a hay field of several acres 25 feet from my tank. I dumped the debris on the filter in the field. Interesting looking stuff. Lots of hair and bits of what look like tissue paper somewhat smaller than a pencil eraser. I figured out that the "paper" is the peel from apples eaten raw and unpeeled, and similar fruit/vegetable material. All except the outer layer of peel was digested when eaten. I checked it for a few days for further analysis. It soon weathered away. The tank pumpers just spray it on fields in this area.

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