Okanagan Spring Cleaning Tips: Is a Septic Cleaning on Your List?

January 25, 2020

septic tank covers in residential property

It’s that time of the year again – time to prepare your Okanagan property for spring cleaning.

Many people do everything around the house, but they forget about septic cleaning. That’s… not good.

Why not? Overlooking your septic system could have devastating consequences.

We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to pay special attention to septic tank maintenance as you can avoid so many risks and troubles by regularly and properly maintaining it.

With that in mind, here are some spring cleaning tips to help you keep your septic system in order.

1. Check Your Septic Tank Cover

man opens septic tank cover in residential propertyThe first thing you should do is check your tank cover to see if it’s still in place and secure.

It’s especially important if you we’ve experienced a lot of snow and rain in the winter (pretty common here in the Okanagan!), as this can cause any type of flooding that could damage your property and the entire septic system.

If excessive water leakage gets into your septic tank, you’ll have a very hard time draining it.

Check for dirt and debris as well, as both can cause your septic tank cover not to be closed properly. Lots of water in your backyard causes the dirt to shift around, which can damage your septic tank.

2. Make Regular Upgrades

septic tank cover in residential propertyKnowing when to upgrade your septic system can contribute to its longevity.

Repairing your septic tank is one thing, but having to replace the septic system entirely is a whole other issue.

Septic system replacement is time-consuming, inconvenient and quite costly, not to mention all the health risks involved.

To avoid all these troubles, check your Okanagan septic system regularly and know when it’s the time to make upgrades, which goes especially for those with underground tanks.

It’s best to leave these upgrades to a septic tank team in Kelowna who has all the necessary knowledge, expertise, skills and equipment to do it properly. At D&L we’re happy to throw in septic system advice as needed.

We can add special water level risers to your system to bring it closer to the surface, which allows for much easier monitoring of tank levels, as well as maintenance.

3. Redirect Your Gutters

In the spring, water levels rise everywhere. This is the right moment to check on the water levels in your gutters.

If the levels are too high, this water will flow right into your septic tank and cause it to flood.

To avoid this, you can reroute your gutters to redirect the flow of water away from your tank.

4. Hire Professionals to Check Your Effluent Filter

houses on and near lake okanagan in bcHiring professionals to do your septic tank cleaning for you is the best option.

At D&L Environmental Specialists in Kelowna, our team of septic system experts do a first-rate job of cleaning, servicing and maintaining your tank, as well as its components like an effluent filter.

This filter can extend the life of your septic system and all its components, and it can significantly improve the quality of wastewater by preventing large solids from exiting the tank.

Contact D&L today today to take care of your Okanagan septic system for you.

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)
250-766-3260 (Lake Country)
250-769-8040 (West Kelowna)
250-769-8040 (Vernon)
236-425-2232 (Kamloops)

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