Here's one for you septic owners.
Was just called in to clear a drain on my God Daughter's house. Had 3" Abs for the drain, but she has 3 kids, 2 or which are not in school yet. Was thinking a toy car or doll down the drain. They had their septic pumped a year ago.
I ran my snake out to about 55'. Pulled it back in and 2 small pieces of cloth came back with it. Filed the pipes and they still didn't drain. Ran the snake till it dead ended again at 55', maybe 6 more times, and nothing was draining. I was pretty sure I hit the baffle, but checked outside and could feel the snake turning. I then followed the drain (digging) through 3 90's and an eighth bend. (What idiot installed this I have no idea). Anyway I finally got to the baffle and pulled the plug. There was a wad of toiled paper actually pushing against the baffle lid. I cleared that and a slug of toilet paper 6' long pushed through. After that was cleared I cleaned the baffle chamber and found that the entire bottom was loaded with calcium/phosphates, so that no solids could pass through to the bottom. Used the end of the shovel to break through 5" of deposits. Then scooped it out and figured I could skip lunch for awhile.
So the point here is: When you have the tank pumped (or sooner if you don't want to call someone like me) make sure the idiots that pump your septic check all the access holes, the baffle chambers and make sure that they are totally clear. I would also suggest that you take pictures of the location of the tank and where the intake and outflow is. Also suggest that you pull the plug on the baffles every 2 years and check for deposits.
This would have been an easy $1000 bill from a plumber.
"Only after the last tree has been cut down... Only after the last river has been poisoned… Only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten." Cree Indian Prophecy.