Downspout Problems: When downspouts are installed so that the rain water runs out right by your foundation, this can cause water to seep into the soil near your foundation and may cause moisture problems in your basement or crawl space. Fix: Piping off your downspouts further from the foundation out into your yard or driveway.
Pumping (Cleaning Out a Septic Tank)Most home septic tanks require cleaning every three to five years.
Pumping is needed when solids fill from one-third to one-half of the tank. The only way to know when this occurs is to have your tank inspected by a septic contractor or pumper. The inspector will recommend pumping whenever:
Yeast, manure, meat and dead animals will not help develop the colony of bacteria in the tank any faster.
General Advice on Septic Tank Pumping Frequency