Mount the filter holder
1 of 2
Photo 1: Mount the filter
Set the mesh filter into the filter container and lock the top
down with the locking clips.
2 of 2
Photo 2: Attach the hoses
Screw adapters to the top and bottom of the filter. Push
the discharge hoses onto the barbed fittings and tighten
the hose clamps.
One major cause of septic field failure is washing
machine lint—mostly from synthetic fibers that never
degrade, such as nylon and polyester, but also from
natural fibers like cotton that degrade very slowly. Eventually
this lint can create impenetrable mats in the soil surrounding
the drain lines, preventing liquid from being readily absorbed.
Fortunately, preventing this problem can be as simple as putting
a high-quality filter on your laundry machine discharge hose.
Inexpensive, sock-type lint filters or drain baskets catch bigger
fibers, but most of the lint washes right through—and you
can't even use them unless your washer discharges into a laundry
tub. A better choice is an enclosed, very fine mesh filter that
captures more than 90 percent of the lint. It's not cheap,
but it'll add years of service to your drain field.
Installation is simple. Mount the filter holder on the wall near
the laundry tub or discharge pipe. Slip in the filter (Photo 1),
lock the top down and attach the discharge hoses to the filter
container (Photo 2). Remove the reusable filter bag and empty
it when it's half full (usually after about 8 to 15 loads). If you forget
to change the filter, the water just drains around it, so there's
no danger of overflow. Replacement filters are a bit expensive,
rarely need replacing according to the manufacturer.
Septic protector filters are available from the manufacturer
(Septic Protector Filtrol 160; septicprotector.com), local septic supply companies, and online.