Scheduling routine maintenance on a septic tank is necessary for homeowners to keep their home plumbing sanitary and operational. Every five years, when you schedule a septic tank pumping, swap out your filter to keep it from clogging and leading to larger issues. Replacing your filter is far cheaper than replacing your entire system, and there are a few signs to watch for to know when your tank is due for a drain cleaning.

3 Signs of a Clogged Filter in Your Septic Tank

1. Slow Drainage

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If your sinks, shower, and tub slowly drain water, try using a plumbing snake or drain clearing formula on your fixture. If this doesn't solve the issue, it could be due to a clogged septic filter. A professional service can check your pipes and see why wastewater is slow to drain, easily replacing your filter and solving your slow drainage issue.

2. Dry Drainfield

Go outside and examine your yard to check where your septic tank empties into the drain field. A clogged filter slows the exit of water through exterior pipes, and your drain field will appear abnormally dry, even after you've just showered or used another home plumbing appliance.

3. Gurgling Noises

If unfamiliar sounds come from your plumbing systems, even when they aren't in use, it's likely due to old wastewater that failed to drain. A clogged filter may inhibit the water flow, and you should schedule a drain cleaning and filter replacement as soon as possible to ensure all wastewater is fully emitted from your home.


Keep your septic tank in good condition with routine drain cleaning from Nu-Black Septic Tank Co. This plumbing service in Dania Beach, FL, offers drain cleaning, installation, and repair for residents of Hollywood Beach and the surrounding area. For over 40 years, they've worked on tanks of all sizes and performed excavation services to install sewer and gas pipes for homes. Call (954) 927-4090 to speak with one of their staff members and schedule a service visit. Visit their website to learn more about their services.