Keeping you updated.

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.


Potential Warning Signs For A Failed System

on Monday, 27 February 2017.

We often get calls from customers who aren't sure if their system is failing or not. Typically, septic issues are first discovered by pump out companies. There are some warning signs that will allow you to get an idea of a potential failure. A septic designer is ideal in not only determining problematic situations, but avenues to remedy while being an expert in the current codes and regulations which must be adhered to. 
Some potential clues can be: 
    • Water or effluent backing up into sinks, toilets and shower/bathrub drains
    • Surfacing effluent, standing water or damp/soggy spots in your drain field
    • Gurling or other unusual sounds when water is running
    • Bright green patches that appear in the area of your drain field
    • Older systems can be more likely to fail, due to lifespan limits 
 If you suspect your system has failed or is failing, please call our office at 360-698-8488. 
Tip: If you are in a feasibility period for the purchase of a home, you may want to consider having the septic system inspected, to see the current state of the drain field. Rod is able to dig along side the drain field to see if there is any bio-matting. Additionally, some customers choose to have a camera locate performed. This is when a camera is sent down the legs of the drain field to see the condition on the inside. 

KPHD Home Owner's Guide

on Thursday, 26 January 2017.

The Kitsap Public Health District (KPHD) has published a Home Owner's Guide to on-site sewage systems (OSS). This is a helpful and informative tool, which helps to explainthe different types of systems, why the care of your system is so important, what to do when your system fails, (because eventually all systems will fail) and has some great illustrations. 
You can find the online version of this guide here. Please note that the KPHD has recently changd their phone number, and can now be reached at 360-728-2235.

Gravity System in Bremerton

on Friday, 30 December 2016.

This was a gravity system designed by Rod and installed in the Bremerton area. Rod's goal at the feasibility is always to design a gravity system. The soils don't always qualify for gravity, however, this property did and this customer was able to achieve a 4 bedroom gravity system. To learn more about the design process, or to see samples of some of our designs, click here


Baum Mashup

Pump to Gravity System in Poulsbo

on Thursday, 13 October 2016.

This was a pump to gravity system in Poulsbo, installed by Kat Trax. They did a great job on this system! Contact information for Kat Trax can be found on our Resource Page. 

Kat Trax Clear Creek Mashup

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

Securing Septic Tank Lids

on Wednesday, 08 February 2017.

All septic systems have tank lids, which are accessible to anyone who comes onto the property. Well secured tank lids are esstential to the safety of your family, friends, and neighbors. Therefore, when we come out for your Monitoring and Maintenance (M&M) inspections, we will always check the tank lids to ensure they are secured properly and in good condition, with no visible cracks or damage.
If a tank lid is not secured properly, people can accidently fall in. The average septic tank is about 6 feet deep, plus the risers, which can add up to an additional 36 inches (unless your tanks are Department of Transportation (DOT) grade, in which case they could be much deeper). In addition to trying to make a potential 9 foot climb, the methane gas that builds up in the tanks can easily render someone unconscious. Falling into a tank is pretty rare, but it does happen, and serious injury and deaths have occurred.
Sometimes the screws that secure the lids can, and do, go missing for various reasons. If we notice a tank lid is missing screws, we will let you know. Replacement scews can be purchased at HD Fowler in Gorst, or Ferguson's in Silverdale (click here for contact information). We are only at your property once or twice a year, if you have an M&M contract, and not at all if you have a gravity system, therefore it is vital that you check your lids regularly
In addition to missing screws, lids can, and will, crack during the lifetime of the system. Acme recommends the fiberglass lids, due to their durability over the plastic lids under the UV rays from the sun, and basic wear and tear. It's important to replace cracked lids as soon as they are noticed. You can also find replacement lids at HD Fowler or Fergusons. 
It's also a good idea to teach children that tank lids should not be played on, or around. Jumping, driving or parking on tank lids is also not recommended (unless you have DOT grade tanks), as the added pressure can cause lids to crack suddenly. The pressure from vehicles could also cause the septic tanks to crack underground (if they aren't DOT grade).
For more information about tank lid safety, please click here. For more information about monitoring and maintenance please click here.

Port Orchard Pressure System

on Tuesday, 03 January 2017.

This was a standard pressure system installed in the Port Orchard area by Ron Hemley's Septic Installation. As always, Daryl and his team did a fantastic job! You can find more information about Ron Hemley's and all of our other installers here

Watkins Mashup 

Vented Lids For An Aerobic Treatment Unit

on Friday, 04 November 2016.

Pretreatment systems, or Aerobic systems, are now being required to have vented lids installed on all new systems. The Aerobic Treatment Unit, or ATU, is the pretreatment device in which the effluent must go through before going out to the drain field. Vented lids were not always required, so most ATUs do not have them. The reason for the change has to do with the algae that can, and does, build up in a system. When a lid is vented, it can reduce this build up, and will also reduce the frequency of pump outs. Charcoal vented lids can help with the septic smell. Home owners are not currently required to change the ATU lids to the vented ones, however, it is recommended. Below are photos of two different types of vented lids. The top photo is the older version, which is no longer recommended as groundwater can get in, as the holes are on the sides. The bottom photo is the current vented lid, which can be purchased at HD Fowler in Gorst or Ferguson's in Silverdale. Contact information for both can be found here


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