Even when your septic system is safely in the ground, that doesn't mean your responsibility for its upkeep is done. A septic tank will need to be maintained—which mainly boils down to having it pumped every few years. This keeps the sludge at the bottom from rising so high that it spills into your yard.
This is why the Environmental Protection Agency recommends having your septic system pumped once every one to three years.
The price range for pumping the tank is not too high compared to the cost of ignoring this small maintenance task. At the very least, have your tank checked to see if it needs to be pumped. This is not the kind of thing you want to let slide, unless you want a sewage plant in your backyard.
And there are ways to save on maintenance: Just use less water by installing low-flow toilets and not running the water more than necessary. And in addition to researching the costs of installing and maintaining a home septic system, be sure to review and understand all your local laws and regulations involving wastewater treatment and related issues.
For more information, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.