How to Pick a Good Septic Tank Maintenance Company
Issues with your septic system can make your home uninhabitable in a matter of minutes. If your system gets backed up, it could cause water and sewage to overflow from your toilets and drains. To keep your system in good working condition, you should hire for a well-reputed septic company that has long years of experience in the installation and maintenance of septic tanks. Hiring an inexperienced company or one that takes shortcuts could bring disaster and may even reduce the value of your house.
The best way to look for a skilled contractor is to seek personal recommendations from people you know and trust. You can as well check out consumer websites that rate local contractors and give customers space to leave their comments. Your local authority or health department can hand you a list of names of companies in your locality.
Do some homework.
As soon as you have narrowed your search down to a few contenders, do a little research on each of them. Find out whether the company is licensed, registered with your state and adequately insured (workman’s compensation and general liability). Go to their website to learn about their background, including the types of septic systems they normally work with. You also have to know if they use advanced methods, practices, and equipment. If you have questions about a certain company’s credentials, be sure to call and ask for their license number so you can verify it with your state’s licensing board.
Know what exact services they offer.
If you must have an entire new system installed, inquire as to the aftercare they normally provide. Depending on the size of the household that uses it, a septic tank must be emptied every three to five years. Also requiring regular inspection and maintenance are the tank and drainage field. Ask your prospect whether aftercare is already part of the installation price, and how much you have to pay for emergency calls. Know what guarantees they offer on their work and how fast they can send a technician over during these emergencies.
Check for hidden charges.
If your septic tank is buried underground, some companies may bill you an additional fee for digging. If the distance they have to pump the tank over is huge, e.g. if your house is far from the road where the contractor’s truck is parked, you may be charged an additional fee for that as well.
Compare different quotes.
Request a quote not only from a single contractor but from several, and then compare. Don’t choose the cheapest contractor though as you will probably get what you pay for. It’s important to make comparisons, if only to know what exactly you’re getting from every contractor you may be considering.