I lived in homes connected to municipal plumbing my whole life, and then I moved into my first home with a septic tank. I should have done my research on how to care for it properly, because I ended up learning this lesson the hard way.
We made many mistakes in my home, including using our regular, thick toilet paper not designed for use in septic systems. I also didn't have regular cleanings. One day, I came home from work to find my entire backyard flooded with tank back-up. It was a bad discovery to say the least.
I was able to call in help to have my tank restored, but my backyard took a while to recover. I created this blog to tell other people who may have new septic systems right now to learn how to care for them properly. Don't wait until it backs up like mine.