As long as your septic system works properly, you might not give it much thought, but if it were to fail, you will very quickly realize how essential a properly functioning septic system is. In fact, if you were to have a malfunction of your septic system, it could cause health problems for you and your family. It could even contaminate rivers, lakes and groundwater nearby.

A septic system will operate without much attention, but it is important to have it professionally inspected about once every 3 years. You should also have it pumped every 5 years to ensure proper operation.

You need to be careful to never park any vehicles on top of your system, as well. The weight could damage the pipes or the tank. It is also important not to pour chemicals that could damage your system down the drain. When purchasing products for your washer and dishwasher, you should check for chemicals marked as being safe for septic tanks.