Septic Cleaning & Septic Pumping: Which is Better?

October 14, 2019

septic cleaning at residential property

Septic tanks are common in many parts of the Okanagan. Many homes have no connection to a public sewer line.

This alternative is a good option, but it does require certain forms of maintenance. Your septic tank needs to be pumped and cleaned regularly to maintain its capabilities and provide a good sewer alternative.

Regular Maintenance is a Must

Septic tanks, while a good alternative to public sewers, require regular maintenance to work properly.

They should be inspected for cracks and leaks and should be cleaned regularly. You wouldn’t want any overflow, would you?!

But what is septic tank pumping and cleaning?

Which one is better? Which service should you look for to ensure that your septic tank keeps doing its job? Read on and find out.

Septic Tank Pumping

septic tank pumpingSeptic tank pumping and cleaning might be used in the same sentence, but they don’t mean the same thing – not by a long shot.

Septic pumping is just that, pumping all the liquid waste out of your septic tank. This method is good if you are looking to clean your septic tank quickly and affordably.

The pumping method requires a professional septic company to come and pump out all the waste they can from your septic tank, allowing it to keep working as intended. It‘s a necessary part of regular septic tank maintenance and should be done according to its size and use.

While septic pumps might offer a good solution to full septic tanks, they do have a potential issue with these tanks. The pump draws out all the liquids in your septic tank but might leave behind some of the solids. This leads to smaller tank capacity, more waste in it, and only a partial cleaning.

While this is a maintenance method, if you really want your septic tank to shine, you should consider soliciting the services of professional septic companies.

Septic Tank Cleaning

back of septic truckUnlike septic tank pumping, septic tank cleaning is a much more thorough process. It’s a little bit more expensive than pumping, but it really pays off in the long run.

Think of it as an investment, not an expense. Septic tank cleaning entails that all the waste is removed from your septic tank, solids, and liquids alike.

It also entails that the septic tank functionality is inspected for any possible faults that might occur in its life cycle, providing necessary fixes if needed.

While septic cleaning also includes septic tank pumping, septic tank pumping doesn’t always include thorough septic tank cleaning.

Cleaning your septic tank properly is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that it’s going to be running smoothly. Invading roots can become a problem that pumping itself can’t solve, and cleaning will.

Septic tanks made after 1980 have two compartments that are divided by dividing walls, and pumping will usually pump only one chamber at a time. Pumping both out is essential to ensure a long life cycle for your septic tank.

How D&L Helps with Septic Cleaning in the Okanagan

There are two options when it comes to cleaning out your septic tank, one is a regular maintenance option while the other is more of a long-term maintenance option. Both are good for their respective purposes and work best when combined.

When you are getting your septic tank cleaned or pumped, it’s important to use the services of a reputable septic tank cleaning and pumping company.

Contact us today to book an appointment for your next septic cleaning.

D & L Environmental Ltd. has been doing business in the Okanagan for over 30 years. We have grown into the largest full service hydro vac & vacuum truck company in the BC Interior.

670 Beaver Lake Road
Kelowna, BC V4V 1S7

250-765-0999 (Main Number)
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