Frequently Asked Questions

▿ Q: Can I use a garbage disposal if I'm on a septic system?

A: Yes, but it is not recommended. If you use a garbage disposal then you must have your tank inspected more frequently.

▿ Q: How do I find out where my system is located?

A: You can request a copy of your As-Built drawing from your local health department. If they have no record of your system, a septic system designer can be employed to locate and draw one up for you and the county.

▿ Q: How often should I have my septic tank inspected?

A: A family of 4 on a gravity-fed drain field should have the tank inspected every 3 years. If the septic system is more complex and contains a submersible pump or Alternative Treatment Unit (ATU) the system should be inspected annually.

▿ Q: My system is backing up into the house. What is the cause?

A: Plugged main line from the house to the tank. Septic tank full. Effluent filter plugged. Submersible pump not working. Drain field failing. It could be one or more of these problems all at the same time. Solution: Have a Septic professional inspect the system and determine if the tank needs pumping, the main line needs cleaned, filter needs cleaned or drain field is having a problem.

▿ Q: What are risers?

A: Risers allow the lids to be located at the surface. They are installed on the top of the septic tank, sealed down with a mastic to keep water from getting into the septic tank. Lids are then screwed down to allow easy maintenance on the system.

▿ Q: What does it mean when I see bubbles in my toilet?

A: Usually, when you see bubble in the toilet, air is being pushed back out of the trap due to back pressure caused from flushing into a partially full line Solution: Have a Septic professional inspect the system and determine if the tank needs pumping, the main line needs cleaned, filter needs cleaned or drain field is having a problem.

▿ Q: What does it mean when my toilet is gurgling?

A: Gurgling is caused when the line Is partially blocked. This is usually the result of a full septic tank but could also be caused by a failing drain field. Solution: Have an Ace Acme professional come out and inspect your system and determine if the tank needs pumping, the main line needs cleaned, filter needs cleaned or drain field is having a problem.