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$69 septic filter with housing & handle kits are standard practice for all systems.
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This $69 septic filter kit ships free and comes complete with filter, housing tee that fits Sch40 or SDR35 four inch pipe, and a handle extension kit. Every septic system should take the precaution to avoid sending particulates out into the leach field. Particulates combine over the years to form a sludge layer in the bottom of your leach field, called 'bio-mat'. Bio-mat clogs the soil in your leach field and drainage and it fails to function: drainage entirely stops. If you have a single compartment septic tank or are not able to install the septic filter inside of the second compartment of your tank, then add our $460 filter basin settling tank kit in-line after your septic tank. With a settling tank filter basin in-line after the septic tank, you are in-effect adding an extra settling compartment to the system.

Our septic filter has 80 lineal feet of filtration area for up to 800 gallons per day treatment volume. A built-in gas deflector on bottom of filter provides secondary 1/2 inch filtration to prevent larger solids from entering the filter area inside. The patented flow reduces the trapping of solids in the filter by allowing solids to slough off and fall back into the tank for further digestion. 1/16 inch filtration slots, rather than mesh screens, provide much less surface area for solids to attach and promote the sloughing action. Filters feature a locking tab that securely locks the filter into its housing tee, preventing any chance of 'floating' by the filter and allowing solids to pass by. This design has served our clients well for over twenty years with nothing but positive feedback and great results. Very easy to clean when you inspect the septic tank and never needs replacing.

Purchase just the filter kit with housing and handle for $69*
Filter housing is black ABS plastic. Use multi-plastic cement when attaching to white/grey/green PVC.
Always prime all pipe joints first, before "solvent welding" with cement.
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Septic sieve filter for sewage tank installation instructions

Here's the typical maintenance directions for an effluent filter

Septic filter standard maintenance instructions
Septic filter size diagrams of the filter and housing

Purchase just the filter kit with housing and handle for $69*
Filter housing is black ABS plastic. Use multi-plastic cement when attaching to white/grey/green PVC.
Always prime all pipe joints first, before "solvent welding" with cement.
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If you have a single compartment septic tank or are not able to install the septic filter inside of the second compartment of your tank, then add our 26 inch diameter by 42 inch tall filter basin tank in-line after septic tank.

Deluxe Septic Settling Tank Kit (no filter) for $460*
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12 inch Riser Extension for Settling Tank is $105*
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18 inch Riser Extension for Settling Tank is $150*
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Septic settling basin cutaway with filter housing installed

Tank shown with filter for illustration only

Nothing beats a nice tank. While larger settling tanks are possible, but we do not ship them and they are not necessary. Part of the "trick" with tank sizing is that the second or third compartment (in-line settling tank) does not need to be large, if the septic tank itself is sized properly. This $460 (includes shipping) durable, buried vault is just the right size for your normal family and has long been a standard part every system we sell. Solid debris (lint, hair, and dirt) settles to the bottom and grease (fats) float to the top. A priceless tip is to avoid "natural" or otherwise bar soaps, which are often 99% refined chicken fat - liquid soaps are advised (avoid bleach and borax for better septic tank health). Passive (non-electric no moving parts) - as septic effluent flows in, clarified graywater irrigation flows out; nice and simple like it should be for carefree passive operation. Septic filter/settling basin kit includes: 26" diameter by 42" tall tank with lid, SDR35 rubber grommets for 4 inch SDR35 inlet and outlet pipes (inlet hole not shown in picture), neoprene lid gasket, and tamper resistant lid fasteners to keep children out of tank. Filter with housing and handle kit is sold separately for $69.

Septic filter settling basin cut specification sheet
septic filter basin kit shown with director valve

A WORD ABOUT PUMPING SEPTIC TANKS

Check both compartments yearly and pump before enough solids accumulate in first compartment to spill over into second compartment. Usually less than sixteen inches - consult manufacturer of your tank.
Wrap a piece of white towel around the end of a long pole to check solids level in bottom of your septic tank. A healthy, properly sized septic tank might never need pumped, but not pumping when needed will result in grease and solids getting out to the leach field. Particulates, grease and solids create 'biomat' in the leach field percolation area, eventually causing it to fail and need replacement. Every three to five years is the normal cycle for pumping a septic tank (less often in warmer areas and/or lower usages). Should you live in an extremely cold climate, never have your tank pumped in the fall or winter - only pump in the spring. Septic tank water only avoids freezing through biological/bacterial activity (fecal matter decomposing).
Refill your septic tank with water immediately after having it pumped !!!
Without water on the inside, an empty septic tank is under extreme stress resisting the weight of backfill around it. This is especially true when soil is wet and when tanks are not properly bedded properly in plenty of gravel (selective, draining backfill). Stress is critical when sewage pumpers park too close to the tank, so always keep their truck at least 20 feet away. With enough stress, an empty concrete and fiberglass tank will crack, start leaking and eventually have to be replaced.
Install an effluent septic filter and spray it off during yearly inspection of tank
Sieve filters keep larger particles from getting out of the tank and compromising the leach field by clogging soil pores and causing failure (bio-mat). Septic filters are cheap insurance, installing easily in the second compartment of your septic tank.

PLEASE DON'T USE SEPTIC TANK ADDITIVES. Septic system additives are truly a waste of money and nearly all are harmful to the environment. Septic system additives supposedly break down fats and solids in the septic tank. In practice, this just allows smaller particulates to pass through the septic filter (hopefully you have one) where they re-unite in the leach field forming a dense bio-mat. We would never suggest flushing septic system additives into your septic tank. The FDA does not approve of any of them - none of these septic cleaning and/or maintenance products have been proven effective. At best, they will do no harm to your septic system or the environment, just waste your money. For me, the deciding factor is to ask yourself if you would like to see these additives find their way into your well water. Anything that can supposedly digest raw sewage should scare a person to have in their drinking water and thus their digestive system. A properly designed septic tank (two compartments and large enough) is going to operate just fine without additives. Avoid those "too good to be true" septic system additives on the market today.

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