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We have come a long ways from the old outhouse, and even from the initial indoor plumbing facilities that let waste simply flow into a body of water in some cases. The first improvement, and thus the precursor to today’s residential septic systems, was a gravity-fed system. This system allowed waste to flow to a tank that held solids, while letting liquids leak into the soil after being filtered. Pressure distribution came along next, as a way to deal with properties that did not have enough soil depth.

How Have Residential Septic Systems Changed Over the Years?

Today we are seeing more advanced residential septic systems, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Textile filters, aerobic systems, sand filter systems, and pod-type systems are four of the more common types. The initial costs of these systems run over $10,000 and also incur utility costs to run the electronics, but the advantage is that they do not need the tank pumped out nearly as often. Another advantage is that they have a longer lifespan, so they often do not need replacing for 20 or 30 years.

The advanced residential septic systems are not available everywhere, and local regulations will often dictate what systems can or cannot be installed in your area. The key is to call us at Quality Septic Inc.—we are a reputable septic contractor that keeps up with codes and the permitting process. When you call for a quote, we will tell you the initial costs for each of the residential septic systems being offered, as well as what their expected lifespan is and the costs to maintain them. Sometimes the cheapest initial cost option is not the cheapest overall — we’ll be glad to show you in black and white why that is the case.