Many rural homeowners rely on septic tanks for their sewage systems, which operate by breaking down solids and liquefying them. That liquid then goes out into the lines and is dispersed into the surrounding ground. While extremely useful, these tanks are also highly susceptible to clogs from other materials, like cigarette butts and food waste. Save your self the cost of digging up your yard to repair the whole system and opt for a cheaper maintenance alternative: regularly pumping the tank. Do this every 3 to 5 years, checking for signs of clogs and leaks routinely between inspections.