At castle britboy, we are literally in the shit! :-o
Our septic has backed up and as anyone who knows about these things, it's not pretty.
A very high percentage of uk residents and commercial places are on mains sewage systems, out in the sticks it septic systems are required and there's a lot of them in the USA.
Ours has prematurely failed after only 12yrs from new :-((
Systems usually last without trouble up to 40 or 50yrs , it should have seen me out no problem, so we have wait for spring to arrive (end of April ) and soft ground before a new leach field is install. :-((
Soooo it's visit the launderette for washing clothes and be very conservative with water in the house, just coast along till the spring thaw.
All good fun