As a cottager, country plumbing, which usually means septic systems, are always near and dear to my mind. It’s just one of those things that plays an important role in making cottage life…well…more comfortable.
Because country plumbing and septic systems are largely underground, doing their business looking after your business, without a whimper they are often the forgotten hero around the camp. Day after day it is working for you, doing what you need it to do and disposing of waste in a very efficient manner.
Even though your septic system is underground, not something you look at everyday, there is a certain measure of trust that you have to have, that your system is working. It’s not like you can dig it up every day and have a look.
Having a good understanding of your septic system, how it works and what can go wrong is a good idea, infact it’s a necessity for cottage owners. We all need to know what is going on down there to ensure it keeps working properly and doesn’t cause you any problems, which can be expensive and needless to say, messy.
Gerry Hartigan has written a helpful book about septic systems that should be on the book shelf of any cottage with a septic system. Written in a lighthearted, humorous style, with illustrations by Bob Vogel, this is a great book to read, useful, entertaining and well worth the money.
You can order a copy of this book here:Country Plumbing: Living with a Septic System
This book is most useful to cottagers with older septic systems as it was written in the 1980’s. There have been a lot of advancements and changes in septic systems in the past few years, but unless your system is new, chances are this book applies to your current septic system.
Let’s face it, if you septic tank and septic system is working, all is right with the world, if it’s broke, all Hell can break out.
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