First of all, if you are a property owner with a septic system, take the time to understand your septic tank! As discussed in the previous blog, septic tank solid waste settles to the bottom and scum/sludge rises to the top. Excess liquid goes out to the drain field, either by gravity or with a septic pump. If your system has a filter (usually located in the outlet tee) learn how to quickly clean and care for it, if you have a pump system with an alarm, periodically test the alarm box to ensure its working. Bacteria breaks down the solids in the tank but they need to be pumped out every 2-3 years so buildup doesn’t occur so easily. Please consider regular use of enzyme treatments in your septic tank to replenish the natural bacteria within your tank, this with regular pumping will allow your tank a longer life span.