Septic Pumping & Septic Cleaning in Vernon, BC

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SEPTIC SYSTEM

Septic Cleaning & Septic Pumping: Two
Different Processes

When it comes to septic cleaning and septic pumping in Vernon, BC, it’s important to note that, while these septic system terms may seem similar, they are not interchangeable. Yes, both involve D&L Environmental Services – the premier septic service company in the Okanagan – bringing one of our trucks out to your property for septic service in Vernon. But septic cleaning and septic pumping are, in fact, two different things. It’s all about the timeline for your Vernon septic service – and what gets removed from your septic tank.

Septic Pumping in
Vernon, BC

Thinking about the timeline for your Vernon septic service, it’s more likely that you’re due for a septic pumping, as opposed to a full septic cleaning. This depends on the age of your septic system, the amount of use the septic system and the recent activity you’ve had performed on your septic system in Vernon.

Septic pumping is a routine procedure, one for which you’ll want to hire a professional Okanagan septic service company every 3-4 years. By performing Vernon septic pumping on a regular schedule, you are practicing preventive septic maintenance that help restore the biome of your septic tank and helping to avoid issues such as backflow.

When D&L Environmental Services comes out to your residential or commercial property with one of our vacuum trucks, we’ll mostly be removing liquids and floating solids from your septic tank during our septic pumping in Vernon. We’ll also be able to assess whether septic cleaning is necessitated, as opposed to septic pumping.

Vernon Septic
Cleaning Services

In some cases, a full septic cleaning is required. This may be due to the amount of matter that had built up in your Vernon septic system, how long it’s been since the last septic pumping, or more urgent matters such as backflow or drain field issues. The thicker the sludge has become in your septic tank, the more likely it is that we’ll need to perform a full septic cleaning.

This is when we pump out all the matter in your septic tank, all the liquid and sludge. We can use standard equipment to clean your septic system in Vernon, or use hydro-jets to break up the solid matter that has compacted at the bottom of your septic tank.

Think of Vernon septic cleaning as a full “reset” of your septic tank.
Let the experienced team at D&L take care of all your Vernon septic service needs. Contact us today to find out more and make an appointment for septic pumping or septic cleaning in Vernon.

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OUR INTERACTIVE

Septic System Diagram

Influent

Influent refers to the untreated raw sewage and waste water that flows into a septic tank. It is, essentially, the starting product in the tank.

Maintenance Access

This is the door or hatch at the top of septic tank that your provider (D&L!) will use to enter the tank for septic maintenance & septic repair.

Baffle

Septic tank baffles or “tees” direct incoming wastewater down into the tank, slowing it down to prevent spraying or pushing to drainfield.

Aeration & Mixing Chamber

An air pump is installed at or near the top of the tank, sending in air to aerate the waste water for biochemical oxidation.

Motor

Septic tanks are a motorized operation. The motor controls the aeration process. That means that preventive maintenance and septic tank servicing are required.

Hollow Shaft

Air is sent into septic tank wastewater directly through the hollow shaft of the aerator – meaning no air hose is needed = simpler installation & operation.

Aspirated Mixer

An air pump is installed at or near the top of the tank, sending in air to aerate the waste water for biochemical oxidation.

Sludge Return

Sludge is the material that has settled in the septic tank’s clarifier; the sludge return sends it back to the processing tank.

Baffle

Just like the other baffle (“tee”), this is an essential component of the septic tank as it prevents the materials from flowing out of control.

Settling Chamber

This is, at is essence, what a septic tank really is. Over time, solids & scum separate into different layers, and clear liquid heads on to the drainfield.

Effluent

The septic tank discharges a liquid called effluent or “gray water” into a series of perforated pipes buried in a leach field. Effluent is somewhat clear as it is sent out into the drain field.

What we do

Our Other Services

Vacuum Truck

We operate with advanced equipment including several types of hydrovac and vacuum trucks to solve your problems while respecting the environment. Our certified teams can pump anything from septic tanks to sludge ponds.

INDUSTRIAL VACUUM SYSTEM

Our industrial vacuums are perfect for large industries that want results. You get the cleaning power of commercial grade equipment at an affordable price backed by one of the finest warranties on the market.

HYDRO EXCAVATION

Our hydro-excavating and environmental hazardous waste clean-up service will get your job done faster and cheaper. Hydro Excavation is safer for both labourers and the environment, while providing higher accuracy.

SEWER BACKUP

Sewer backup is unsanitary and can be a serious health hazard in any building. Action must be taken immediately. We offer a proper cleanup, sanitization, and returning the waste, vent and drain systems to normal functionality.

SEPTIC CLEANING

Septic cleaning must be done by a trained professional since household wastewater contains disease-causing organisms and toxic chemicals. Our trained staff will keep your septic system running smoothly with regular cleanings.

SEPTIC PUMPING

Homeowners all over Canada have a septic tank on their property, having your septic system pumped regularly is important to keeping it operational. The frequency of pumping depends on the tanks usage and size.


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Why you should trust us

“We’ve worked very hard for over 30 years to gain the trust and loyalty of our clients. Our solid reputation is something I’m very proud of, it’s also something I never take for granted”

– Stacey Lund, President

“We’ve worked very hard for over 25 years to gain the trust and loyalty of our clients. Our solid reputation is something I’m very proud of, it’s also something I never take for granted”

– Stacey Lund, President

“We’ve worked very hard for over 25 years to gain the trust and loyalty of our clients. Our solid reputation is something I’m very proud of, it’s also something I never take for granted”

– Stacey Lund, President

“We’ve worked very hard for over 25 years to gain the trust and loyalty of our clients. Our solid reputation is something I’m very proud of, it’s also something I never take for granted”

– Stacey Lund, President

WHAT WE DO

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are septic cleaning and septic pumping the same thing?
  • How often should you pump or clean a septic tank?
  • Is septic cleaning expensive? Can I do this on my own?
Are septic cleaning and septic pumping the same thing?

Not quite.

Both septic cleaning and septic pumping involve removing fluids and other matter from a septic tank.

Septic pumping refers to the removal of liquid and some sludge from a septic tank. Septic cleaning, meanwhile, means that that all the water and compacted sludge from the bottom of the tank are being removed.

Is one preferable to the other? Actually while the terms should not be used interchangeably, the methods can effectively be used in tandem. Septic pumping can be performed on a regular basis, while septic cleaning can be reserved for less frequent occasions.

The terms are sometimes used as synonyms, but now you know they are in fact different!

How often should you pump or clean a septic tank?

By cleaning a septic tank on a regular basis (every 3-5 years), the solids can be removed fairly easily.

Sometimes when the sludge is heavy, a high-pressure water nozzle is used to remove the solids. Occasionally, we find solids so thick that they can’t be broken down. In these instances, re-pumping the tank in 6 -12 months is recommended.

Is septic cleaning expensive? Can I do this on my own?

Septic cleaning is a necessary investment for anyone who owns a property with a septic system. This is either a financial investment, or an investment in your time and effort. While there are DIY methods for septic cleaning, the time involved may vary, and – very frankly speaking – it is not a pleasant endeavour. That’s why homeowners rely on the pros to clean their septic systems. At D & L Environmental, we offer a fairly priced septic cleaning service, one that is professional and thorough. Proper cleaning now will help prevent more costly (and unpleasant) issues down the road.

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D & L Environmental Ltd. has been doing business in the Okanagan for over 30 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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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)
236-425-2262 (Kamloops)

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