The population living in metropolitan areas (who have never had the pleasure of maintaining a septic system, or who have never experienced waddling in their leach field, or even had the experience of pumping out their systems) simply flush their toilets and “away go troubles down the drain.”
Those of us living in more rural areas have been forced to learn about the maintenance and working of the sewerage treatment facility attached to our home, “the septic system.” Usually, a septic tank is connected to a drainage field or seepage pit of some kind. If properly maintained, a well-designed system will last almost indefinitely. However, if it is neglected for too long a time, it can back up and clog the drainage field. This neglect can result in an expensive excavation and even a replacement of the drainpipes that could cost thousands of dollars.