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Clogged septic system filters or septic media filters:

This document discusses the diagnosis and repair of clogging of various types of septic effluent filter systems and graywater filter systems to protect the septic drainfield or drywell system from damage.

These simple septic filters, such as greywater filters, washing machine filters, and filters at the effluent outlet of a conventional septic tank are all designed to protect the septic effluent absorption field or leach field.



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Signs of a Clogged Septic Tank Filter or Graywater Filter

Photograph of septic tank bafflesSeptic filters are placed either in the septic tank at the outlet tee or in a separate chamber outside of and close to the septic tank. Graywater filters may be placed at the inlet to a drywell or graywater disposal system. Washing machine filters are often installed at the clothes washer outlet hose. Citation of this article by reference to this website and brief quotation for the sole purpose of review are permitted.

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Our photo shows evidence that sewage has been passing over the top of the septic tank baffle: a sure sign of a blockage in the septic tank or at its outlet or in the drainfield. [Click to enlarge any image]

Before digging up a septic field or drywell or ordering a costly repair or septic system treatment, if your septic tank or greywater system use a filter, check for the following signs that the septic filter is clogged and needs cleaning:

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