On Monday, Dan and I celebrated our 15th anniversary over sushi. Right after he spent the day digging up our failing septic system.
We had our septic tank pumped a week earlier (after "effluent" backed up into the bathtub) and the pump guy had some concerns. He said to lift the lids and check the system in a few days. Guess what? It was full. Eight days after pumping out 1200 gallons. Doesn't quite add up.
Long story short - we are looking at leach field failure. It is very possible that the original contractor did not install the leach lines correctly 10 years ago. So we are educating ourselves now about our options and will be calling for professional help.
In the mean time we are showering and doing laundry at my parents' house (thankfully right next door) and praying every time we flush the toilet.
The title is in reference to traditional anniversary gifts - paper for the first, gold for the 50th, etc... http://anniversariesbyyear.com/