If you have been living in your home for some time and the septic tank was installed well before you bought your home, then you may not think much about the tank and whether or not it is in good shape. As long as you schedule cleanings every few years, then you may not question the tank's condition. However, septic tanks do have a finite lifespan, like most constructions. Most tanks are likely to last at least 40 years.
Having a septic system in your yard is quite common if you do not live in an urban area, and a septic system will operate well for a very long time if you care for it properly. There are numerous ways to protect your system in order to keep it functioning well, but there are three main steps you should take that will help you avoid running into septic issues.