"A SEPTIC SYSTEM HAS THREE PARTS : HOUSEHOLD PLUMBING, A TANK TO COLLECT SEWAGE AND SOLIDS, AND A SOIL TREATMENT AREA."
Properly maintain your system. Many septic system owners assume as long as their used water “goes away,” their system must be working properly. Septic systems must be designed specifically for your site’s conditions and installed correctly. Look for symptoms of a poorly functioning septic system. These include a pipe that goes directly to the lake or ground (even laundry water!), sewage surfacing in the yard or a ditch, sewage odors, high levels of nitrates or coliform bacteria in well water tests, or algae blooms and excessive plant growth in nearby ponds or lakes.