Surprisingly enough, the management of sewage is a relatively new concept in history. However, in just under two centuries, septic systems and septic tanks have advanced well beyond their early days to best protect the American people from illness and disease. Here is a brief overview of the history of septic systems, and how we have improved on such a system to best suit the environment and homes like yours.

The Early Days

It has been reported that septic systems were first used in 1860, in France. After experimenting with the idea of a septic tank, John Louis Mouras successfully created a septic system that disposed of waste. He patented his invention in 1881, two years before the idea was introduced to the United States.

In various sates across America, in the late 1800’s, it was noted that health issues and diseases could be attributed to mistreated sewage. The concept of treating wastewater through sand filtration encouraged homeowners to develop their own form of a septic tank, though these systems weren’t quite fully developed yet.

Changes Over Time

Eventually, these 55-gallon drums were transformed into two-chamber septic tanks that were more efficient in separating the solid waste. By the 1950’s, concrete tanks with gravel-lined subsurface drains were very common.

Septic systems made of fiberglass or plastic were introduced to provide homeowners with the option of having a tank that was not made of concrete.

While these tanks did a decent job of filtering wastewater, the service-side of the tanks were underdeveloped. It is unclear as to why this was, but maintenance workers often struggled to pump out the tanks, when necessary.

Over time, manholes, risers and seals were developed to rectify these issues. By the 1990’s, rubber adapters were put in place to provide a flexible but watertight joint around the edges of the septic tank to prevent leaking.

Septic Systems in 2015

Within the last 155 years, we have made great advances by way of sewage treatment. Besides government mandated regulations and septic codes, we have improved on the septic system to protect everyone from the illnesses that can come with poorly managed sewage.

The idea for a septic system has remained the same, but advances have been made in order to be more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Aside from your standard septic systems, there are some systems out there that can be considered the Cadillacs of sewage treatment.

With hundreds of years of improvement, septic tanks are now long-lasting, as a properly installed septic tank can last a household 20 to 40 years of consistent use. This can cost you less money that having new pipes connected to a local sewage system, as well.

With a septic system, your household is minimizing pollution by letting nature filter your wastewater. Additionally, you are helping the environment by putting water back into the local water table, which can be recycled, benefiting the soil and local wildlife.

If you are interested in installing a septic system to your Atlanta or North Georgia home, contact RR Septic Service to learn more about how we can help.