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Standard Pressure Panel

on Monday, 06 May 2019.

Our maintenance customers, especially those who are new to septic systems often ask about their control panels. Below is one of the more frequently used panels for a standard pressure system, but please know that your panel could look different, for a variety of reasons. 

Each standard pressure panel will have a button to silence alarms, a timer, an on/off switch and other electrical components. Unless you happen to be a licensed electrician, the silence button is probably the only component you will end up using (we will check the rest of the components at each inspection). 

We always recommend that home owners and renters locate the silence button on the panel now, so that when your alarm is going off at 2 am on a Saturday in the pouring down rain, you're not searching for it (typically, the silence button is on the side of the panel as pictured below, but not always). 

Utility Locate

on Monday, 01 October 2018.

When scheduling a feasibility appointment, our staff will ask about marking the property in white, for the utility locate. Before the first phone conversation with Acme, most of our customers are not aware that per Washington State Law, we must submit a utility locate request prior to any digging. 

Each contractor must submit their own request, so while we appreciate that customers offer to submit the locate request, we need to be the ones to call it in. Due to the fact that the locate companies require the area of excavation be marked in white, Acme requires that customers email photos of the white markings before we can submit the locate request. 

Customers often ask how the property should be marked. Most people choose to use white spray paint, however, white flags, white stakes or white ribbons are also acceptable. Please be sure that your locate markings are done in white, and not any other color, as each utility marks in a specific color. 

For more information on utility locates please click here

 

Seabeck Standard Pressure System

on Friday, 13 April 2018.

Ron Hemley's Septic Installations installed this three bedroom Standard Pressure system in the Seabeck area. Daryl and his crew did a great job! For more information on Ron Hemley's, and all of our installers, please click here

What Dictates The OSS Type For A Property?

on Wednesday, 27 September 2017.

One of the questions we are frequently asked is how the designer determines what kind of On-Site Sewer System (OSS) can go on a property. We always try to achieve a gravity system at the feasibility, however, that isn't always possible. When our designer goes to a feasibility appointment, he evaluates the type of soil and the depth of the soil. He'll also evaluate the slope on the property. Then, based on the current codes and regulations determined by the Kitsap Public Health District (KPHD), he'll come up with a design that can be proposed to the KPHD. 

Once a design is submitted, the KPHD inspector will go out and evaluate the soil logs, to make sure that what we have proposed can be achieved. If everything works out, then the design will be approved and installation can begin. For additional information on the septic design process, please click here. 

 

***Please note, all approvals, denials and additional requirements are at the discretion of the Kitsap Public Health District, and many factors are considered in this decision that may not be mentioned in this post.***  

Setbacks, Easements and Buffers

on Monday, 10 July 2017.

During a septic design, there are many things that need to be provided to Acme by the customer. A full list of the items we need is sent out in the initial design overview, which customers receive before their feasibility appointment with the designer. This list includes, but is not limited to, setbacks, easements and buffers. 

This information is important, as it can all impact the potential drain field area. For example, if you have a utilities easement running through your property, this easement is "off limits" for a septic system. Setbacks are a specific set of requirements to keep the drain field away from other components on a property. Setbacks to wells, property lines and buildings are some of the most common. While Acme is aware of general setbacks, there may be setbacks specific to your property that we need to be made aware of. Buffers are also important, as they can vary from as little as 15 feet to over 100 feet. 

We always ask our customers to provide us with this information, in writing. This information can typically be found at the Department of Community Development (DCD), or with the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI), if your property is on Bainbridge Island. Their contact information can be found here

Acme Job Opening!

on Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

We are very excited to announce that Acme has an opening for an office assistant!! If you are detail oriented, great with multi-tasking, have excellent communication skills and have office experience, we would love to hear from you! 
Acme is a close-knit, family owned business. Our belief is that if we have to work, why not enjoy it, and the people we work with. Let's be the best at what we do, and be the best we can to those around us.  We are a high producing company. Our industry demands attention to detail and the ability to complete tasks while dealing with interruptions. Therefore prioritizing, attention to detail and multi-tasking is a must. If you are an organized thinker with strong project management skills, dependable a quick learner, pride yourself in your work ethic, enjoy a fast-paced environment, have strong computer skills including, MS Office, a positive attitude and you are looking for a job where you can grow in knowledge and opportunity, this may be the job you've been looking for. 
Qualifications: Organizational and time management skills, ability to multi-task, prioritize and keep up in a fast paced environment, self directed and a critical thinker, excellent verbal and written communication skills, advanced proficiency with Internet/Microsoft Word/emailing/Apple Computers/blogging. Typing speed of 60 wpm. Prefer experience with Power Point and Excel. 
Responsibilities: Work in tandem with office staff to provide outstanding customer service. Basic office duties include creating customer files and accounts, data entry, printing, filing, emailing, phone calling, answering phones, sales and scheduling, in addtion to working with governing agencies, customers and other service providers. Additional office duties as needed. 
If you are interested in applying, please familiarize yourself with our company and industry, then apply by clicking here

Septic Alarms

on Friday, 10 March 2017.

As a Monitoring and Maintenance (M&M) provider, we occasionally have customers calling us during a septic alarm. One of the first questions we will ask the customer is if they have silenced the alarm already. If you have a septic system that requires a panel, and all systems other than gravity require a panel, you're going to experience an alarm at some point during the lifetime of your system. We always want our customers to call us with septic alarms, as there could be a variety of things causing the alarm, however, it's important to know how to silence the alarm, especially if the alarm goes off in the middle of the night. Most panels will have a button on the front or the side that can be pushed to silence the alarm. Below we have a Nuwater panel, where you can see there are two alarm lights, a level alarm and a low air alarm. When an alarm goes off, the button can be pushed to slience the alarm. It's very important to note that silencing the alarm does not mean the alarm has been resolved. It simply means the noise will stop. Once you've silenced the alarm, please call our office at 360-698-8488 to discuss the next steps. 
 
Please note that unless you have a Nuwater panel, your panel will look different than the one pictured. It's a good idea to take a look at your panel, and determine where the button to silence an alarm is located, before you experience an alarm. 

 

outside Nuwater panel

Inclement Weather

on Sunday, 10 February 2019.

Our motto is "Gravity is our goal!", except in extreme conditions. Then it becomes "Safety is our goal!". Please know that we do not take the decision to reschedule appointments lightly.

However, when Rod comes out to a property for a feasibility appointment, he pulls his own tractor on a trailer behind his vehicle. This is great...until the road conditions become icy and hazardous. The additional weight of the tractor could cause serious issues on an already icy or snowy road. 

Therefore, we have contacted our customers to reschedule Rod's design appointments for the next couple of days, until the roads clear. Please be aware that if conditions remain hazardous for pulling a tractor, we may need to reschedule additional appointments. We appreciate your patience and understanding! 

 

Septic Tank Installation

on Friday, 02 November 2018.

We're frequently asked how tanks get installed. It's actually a great question, considering most 1000 gallon tanks are approximately 6 feet deep and weigh around 2,500 pounds. The answer? The tanks are loaded on to trucks, which are driven to the site, and then the tank is lifted off the truck and into the designated spot. D&D Hauling installed this tank in the Indianola area. For more information on D&D Hauling, and all of our preferred installers, please click here

Oscar Install

on Friday, 03 August 2018.

The OSCAR system is a relatively new type of septic system. This system utilizes a recirculation tank, which other systems do not use. This system was installed by D&D Hauling in the Indianola area. As you can see, Dennis and his crew did a great job. The homeowner reported "it looks great and I appreciate the hard work and expertise in getting it installed!". 

For more information on D&D Hauling, and all of our preferred installers, please click here

For more information on Oscar Systems, please click here

Excavator Vs. Backhoe

on Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

We're often asked what kind of equipment our designer uses to dig soil logs, and often ask if they'll need to have this equipment on site when we arrive for the feasibility appointment.

Acme has a small backhoe that we will bring to each feasibility appointment. Most people assume we use an excavator, however, a backhoe is more than sufficient for most properties. Brush and small trees are not an issue for the backhoe to maneuver around. However, some properties require bigger equipment to establish soil logs. In those instances, an excavator is hired and brought in. Below you can see both Acme's backhoe (green) and an excavator (yellow). If you have any questions regarding what type of equipment may be needed for your property, please let us know. 

 

  

Determining When Pump Outs Are Needed

on Friday, 01 September 2017.

We are frequently asked how often tanks need to be pumped out. Pumping out your tanks has more to do with effluent levels than it does time. When we come out for Monitoring and Maintenance inspections we measure the levels of both the scum and sludge in each compartment of the tanks, to determine if they are high enough to require pumping. Once the scum and sludge in your tanks reach a certain level, it's time to pump. When we sludge judge a system, it's very easy to see what the levels are, as you can tell by the photo below. As you might have guessed, the levels in this particular tank are well within the operational limits, and it does not need to be pumped at this time. 
Some things that can increase the need for more frequent pump outs are excessive toilet paper use (this does not break down once it goes into your system) or flushing items that can clog or remain in your tanks (kitty litter, baby wipes, etc). Acme is not a pump out company, but we regularly work with some great pump out companies; you can find their information here

sludge judge photo

Pump to Gravity System

on Monday, 12 June 2017.

This pump to gravity system was installed in Port Orchard, by one of our preferred installers.  A complete list of our preferred installers can be found here
 

Kat Trax Port Orchard

Pump to Gravity System in Port Orchard

on Wednesday, 12 April 2017.

This was a pump to gravity system for a customer in Port Orchard, installed by Gettin' It Done. Lancer and his team did a great job! Below you can see the transport lines going from the tank to the distrubution box, which helps "decide" how the effluent is distributed into the drain field. Contact information for Gettin' It Done can be found here.
 

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