Sand Filter Maintenance – New 2014 Oregon DEQ Rules
As the largest installer of septic systems in Oregon, we wanted to share some important rule changes recently implemented by the Oregon DEQ. As you may know, DEQ is the governing agency of all septic systems in Oregon.
As of January, 2014, new Sand Filter installations now require SEMI ANNUAL MAINTENANCE to be performed by a licensed DEQ maintenance provider. As the owner of an “existing system”, you are grandfathered in. That means the DEQ has no way of requiring or enforcing this new rule on you at this time. However, it is very important for you to understand WHY they’ve made this substantial rule change.
Sand Filters have many moving parts and are considered the “Ferrari” of Septic Systems. Just like Ferraris, they require professional maintenance to A) Function Properly and B) Prevent Premature Failure. Oregon has seen a dramatic outburst of Sand Filter failures, catching homeowners off guard. Unfortunately, many of them now face $15,000 – $35,000 bills to replace or repair their systems. Just in Clackamas County alone, over 172 homeowners have already had to repair, replace or install new Sand Filters in the past 6 years. Sadly, the principal cause has been the lack of system maintenance.
We at Speedy Septic want to help you protect the single most expensive utility in your home. When you flush your toilet, you want that sewage going where it is supposed to go, not back up into your home or on your lawn. We have over 25 years experience installing and servicing Sand Filters. In fact, Speedy Septic is the largest installer of septic systems in the state.
Since this DEQ rule change, we’ve received many inquiries from homeowners like you concerned about their own investment.
We’ll answer all your questions and thoroughly explain your septic system. This way, you’ll be able to make informed and confident decisions.