Septic system care is important because backed up systems can lead to waste backing up into your home or coming up into your backyard. It can also end up in your well or in surface waters nearby. Obviously, sewage in your home, yard, and water source is a major health concern. Diseases can be spread from the waste and other substances that you may have used around the home and flushed or dumped down the sink (household hazardous waste) can reemerge and poison wildlife and humans. It is also very expensive to replace your septic system outright. Septic systems, if properly maintained, should last 20-30 years. Check out EPA's SepticSmart poster below, then read more about why their tips are important.
-Written by Jillian Schubert Edwards