When you flush your toilet, where does your waste go? For many, the answer is a septic system, since a municipal plumbing system isn’t readily available outside of cities. Your septic system is a fairly complex setup, but for the most part, it does its job without any actions on your part. However, if your septic system were to fail, you will have a rough time until it gets sorted out. It will also cost you a pretty penny to have it fixed, especially considering that it can cost tens of thousands of dollars to install a new one.

Here are a few tips to keep your septic system working properly. First, to keep the mechanisms of your septic system from being damaged, you should never allow any vehicles to park on top of it. This is a common issue. Guests and others may park over the tank or pipes and inadvertently damage the system. 

You should also be careful with what you flush down into it. Some chemicals, such as chlorine and drain cleaner can kill the bacteria that are hard at work breaking down the organic matter in the septic tank. Without them, your tank will quickly fail.

You should also have the system inspected every 3 years and pumped every 5 years to ensure that it lasts you for a long time (depending on how many people use the home.

These are just a few tips to keep your septic system in great condition!