Maintaining Your Wastewater Sand Filter System

Posted on: 29 January 2019

If you live in the Outback and your property is not connected to a mains sewage system, a sand filter septic system is a great way of treating wastewater from your home. However, the performance of your septic system will very much depend on how well you maintain it. One of the primary causes of septic system failure is biological debris which clogs the sand filter. Below is a guide to some of the steps you can take to keep your septic system in good working order.

Carry out routine cleaning

Once you have a septic tank installed on your property, you should conduct periodical cleaning. This cleaning regime should involve pumping out the septic tank so you can remove and clean the filter. Once the filter is removed, you should rinse it with a hose pipe, ensuring that any water and debris which runs off the filter is directed back into the septic tank.

Make sure your gutters are not directing water towards the septic system

Leaves and other bits of debris can often build up in your guttering. If the downspouts are set up, so they direct water towards the septic system, this could encourage the leaves and debris to enter the system where they could build up until they completely block the filter. If you would like further advice, you should contact a company which deals with guttering.

Remove any trees or other plants which are growing close to the septic tank sand filter

Trees and other plant life which is growing close to your septic system can also present a hazard. Falling leaves and twigs can be carried by the wind into the septic system. By cutting back or removing trees and other plant life, you can help to reduce the chance that this will happen.

Check the vents of the sand filter

You should also periodically check the vents on the sand filter to ensure they are not blocked. These vents are designed to allow air to reach the bacteria which live within the filter system. These bacteria help to break down waste which passes through the septic tank system. If these vents become blocked, it can severely impact on the efficiency of the system.

If you would like to find out more about how to maintain your wastewater sand filters. you should get in touch with a local company which specialises in this area.