Do those septic tank additives work?

This is a much debated question. According to information from the Indiana State Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency: 

 There are well over 1000 different septic tank additives on the market, but there is no standard for testing them. 

 There is no evidence proving that a septic tank that is designed, operated, and maintained properly needs an additive to work effectively. 

 There is no product available that will allow a homeowner to escape regular pumping of the septic tank. 

 Some additives may actually harm your septic tank and/or absorption field. 

 There are products that can cause groundwater contamination.

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1. Does the area for the septic system really need to be protected from construction traffic before constructing my house and after installation?
2. What can I plant on or near the septic system?
3. What does a typical septic system look like, and how long does it last?
4. Do those septic tank additives work?
5. How often should my tank be pumped, and what about effluent filters?
6. What steps can I take to reduce water use in my home and around my property, and why is it important?
7. How can I get information about my septic system?
8. What signs tell me my septic system may be headed for replacement?
9. What do I do if my system goes into failure?
10. My system has worked for many years. Why can’t I just replace it with what I have?
11. Can I put in my own septic system? I ran a backhoe once and my buddy has one he says I can use.
12. How do I properly abandon my septic tank or system?