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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I found a great house, but it has a septic system and not sewer. Should I give up my hopes on buying this house?
  • Do I need a pump for my septic system? If so, why?
  • What is hydro excavation? Why does a vacuum truck (septic) company also do this?
I found a great house, but it has a septic system and not sewer. Should I give up my hopes on buying this house?

Not at all! Modern septic systems are robust, sturdy and effective. We have installed and serviced many septic systems in Kelowna and across the Okanagan. While it’s true that some older septic systems may require attention or service, that is more a function of the age of the home and property.

Having said that, your best bet when buying a home is to hire an inspector to see that the home is in good condition. If you are interested in having D&L check the septic system, we would be happy to do so. Please contact us to set up an appointment for a site visit.

Do I need a pump for my septic system? If so, why?

Chances are, if you live in the Okanagan, you have a property with some rise or slope to it. Many septic systems involve secondary treatment. Raised systems such as sand mounds require a pump. This is necessary for “pressure distribution,” which uses smaller pipe to distribute effluent. This allows effluent to be stored in the pump chamber and pumped to the entire disposal field at once.

Thanks to this kind of system, no part of the disposal field is saturated, whereas the field is able to drain out and dry completely in between doses.

What is hydro excavation? Why does a vacuum truck (septic) company also do this?

Hydro excavation uses high-pressure water and vacuum technology to cut through dirt, rocks, and debris – in a clean and safe manner – to expose utility and electrical systems, pipelines, or to clear a path for next stages of construction. Hydro excavation is a non-destructive means to excavate an area with precision. Also called “daylghting,” this is rapidly becoming the preferred means of cutting and clearing.

The vacuum trucks for septic systems can double as hydrovac trucks, with some essential modifications to the vehicle and systems.

Have a question?

Contact us and learn more!

D & L Environmental Ltd. has been doing business in the Okanagan for over 25 years. We have grown into the largest full service vacuum truck company in the BC Interior.

670 Beaver Lake Road
Kelowna, BC V4V 1S7

250-765-0999 (Main Number)
250-766-3260 (Lake Country)
250-769-8040 (West Kelowna)
250-769-8040 (Vernon)

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