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Are Septic Additives Beneficial?

on Thursday, 17 March 2016.

The short answer? No. In order for a septic sytem to function properly, bacteria needs to be present in the tanks to break down the effluent. The bacteria is something which is added to your system naturally, as you use the system. Septic additives can kill off the bacteria in the system, causing a bigger problem. Once the bacteria has been removed, there is nothing to help break down the effluent. If the effluent isn't broken down properly, it will result in the need for more frequent pump-outs. Additionally, some septic additives can be very harmful to your system, causing problems in your drain field. There are no known additives that will reduce the build up of solids in your tank, making pumping unnecessary. Reducing the amount of toilet paper that goes into the system can lead to decreased pump outs, as well as making sure that other items, such as paper towels, baby wipes, flushable wipes and any other items don't get flushed down the toilets. With the exception of toilet paper, if it doesn't come out of you, it shouldn't go into your septic system.

Gravity System in Seabeck

on Wednesday, 03 February 2016.

"No job is too difficult for the South Shore Construction team!" ~ Rich, South Shore Construction 
The owners of this property were working with South Shore Construction, and wanting to place a manufactured home on the property, when Acme was brought in to do the septic design. It's always such a pleasure working with Rich and his team at South Shore! Toni, the office manager says "This septic installation was a project similar to many of our previous ones, in that it was for a manufactured home, but varied in that the site was challenging, due to the environmental facotrs we had to work around". Great job South Shore!


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Failing Septic System

on Tuesday, 18 March 2014.

Designing a system that achieved the best usage of space was important to this customer who had a failing septic system in Port Orchard.  So we designed a pressure bed system that Kat Trax installed in one day.  Josh and his team always work fast but never compromise their work.

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Protecting Your OnSite Sewage System

on Tuesday, 01 March 2016.

Protecting your OnSite Sewage System, or OSS, is important as it can help your OSS achieve a longer lifespan. One of the most important ways you can protect your OSS is to watch what goes down the drains and into your system. You'll want to keep grease, hair and food scraps from going down the drain as much as possible. It's important not to flush diapers, flushable wipes, plastics, paper towels, cigarettes, kitty litter, personal hygiene or birth control products down the toilet. These items do not break down once they're in your system, and can cause back ups, the need for frequent pump outs, and worst case scenario, can cause your system to fail prematurely. Automatic toilet bowl cleaners, deodorizers and garbage disposals should be avoided, as these items also do not break down once they're in the system. You'll want to carefully watch the use of strong drain cleaners (such as Draino, etc) and other chemicals. These chemicals have a negative impact on the bacteria needed to break down the organic matter in the septic tanks. Never pour products labeled as "danger" or "poison" down the drain. These items should be safely disposed of at the Moderate Risk Waste Facility. They can be reached at 360-377-5777.

Doing laundry is an important part of everyday life, however, there are some key things to remember in this area as well. Don't overuse detergents, minimize the use of liqiud fabric softeners and use dryer sheets whenever possible. It's also important to note that some powdered detergents have fillers which can clog the pipes of your septic system. Having a day set aside as "Laundry Day" may seem convenient, however, it's better to spread laudry throughout the week, allowing your drainfield to recover in between loads. Try to do no more than two loads a day. You'll also want to keep an eye on leaky fixtures and toilets and get them fixed. Conserving water whenever possible is another great way to protect your OSS. 

It's important to know where your OSS is located on your property. This helps ensure the drain field is not being driven over or parked on. Digging in both your drainfield and your reserve area should be avoided. It's best to only plant grass in the drain field areas, as roots from trees and shrubs can clog and damagae a drain field. 

For more information on caring for your septic system, click here.

To see what a septic design looks like on paper, or to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of systems, click here


Monitoring and Maintenance: Suspended Solids

on Thursday, 01 October 2015.

In Kitsap County all septic systems, other than residential gravity, are required to have a  Monitoring and Maintenance contract. Monitoring and maintenance is important because it provides your system with regular inspections and adjustments that enhance your system and optimizes the life span. When regular monitoring and maintenance isn't done, problems can begin to arise with your system, as the video above shows. Flushing the drain field is an important part of maintenance, as it clears suspended solids from the drain field lines, keeping your system healthy for a longer life span.

Long Lake - Port Orchard

on Friday, 10 January 2014.

The owners of this property on Long Lake in Port Orchard had four rental units that had a failing septic system ~ plus they lived out of the area. It was important to work quickly and in tandem with the health department while dealing with time constraints because of renters and proximity issues due to the waterfront and nearby homes.  We designed two bottomless sand filters that D & D Hauling installed. You can see how nice and clean the installation was.  Great job to Dennis and his crew.

port orchard bottomless sand filter