Have you ever taken the time to understand how a DPF works? What particles flow through the filter? Or how driving patterns impact regular cleaning requirements?
For man, the DPF is only top of mind when it's clogged and keeps your truck off the road. Reactive maintenance vs. proactive is more common to many in the trucking industry. And when it comes to cleaning there are various methods, with each having its own advantage.
Regardless of your approach to DPF's, our professionals at American Radiator feel it is important for you to have a better understanding of how a diesel particulate fitler works, and what leads up to the point of a filter needing cleaned. Essentially, your DPF acts as a garbage can. Providing exhaust free of particles larger than 5 microns...the thickness of a human hair.
Some of the particles, or soot, captured by the porous wall inside the filter can be 100% burned off through regeneration. Unfortunately, that's in a perfect world and not all particles can be burned. Those items then turn to ash and remain in the filter until properly cleaned.
Now, probably wouldn't let garbage stack up inside your house until trash day arrived. So why would you leave "garbage" in your filter until it gets to the point of so much back pressure that it will not function properly.