Septic systems can be a blessing and also a curse. When they are working properly, you get free sewer use as opposed to paying the city for it. This can be really nice, especially if you are on a budget. However there are a bunch of steps you can perform to keep the system running well.
In fact if you maintain it properly, you should not need to get it pumped but maybe once every 5 years or so. But how do you maintain it and what do you need to know to find a qualified company to service yours? These are good questions.