How to Pick a Good Septic Tank Maintenance Company
Difficulties involving your septic system can easily make your house uninhabitable. If your system gets backed up, it can make water and sewage overflow from your drains and toilets. 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. Choosing an inexperienced service or one that relies on shortcuts can be disastrous and may even bring down your property’s market value.
Ask for referrals.
The best way to hire a skilled contractor is to ask for recommendations from people you know – friends, relatives, coworkers, neighbors, etc. You can check rating and review websites for local contractors too. Your local authority or health department can even give you a list of prospects in your area.
Do your research.
When you have trimmed down your search to a few prospective companies, research each of them online. Find out whether the company is licensed, registered with your state and adequately insured (workman’s compensation and general liability). Check their website to know their background and experience, and to be aware of the types of septic systems they usually handle. You also want to know if they use modern techniques, practices and equipment. If you are unsure about a specific company’s credentials, call them and ask for their license number before verifying it with the licensing board in your state.
Determine the specific services provided.
If you need a new system installation, ask them about any aftercare they provide. Septic tanks require emptying every three to five years, depending on the size of your household. The tank and drainage field must also be inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Ask the company if the installation price already covers aftercare, and what their charges are for emergency work. See what work guarantees they can offer and how fast they can come when you call for an emergency.
Dig in to know about any hidden charges.
If your septic tank is buried underground, some companies may bill you an additional fee for digging. If the contractor has to pump the tank over a substantial distance – for example, if your home is on a slope or far from the road where their truck can park – you may also have to pay an additional fee for that.
Compare different quotes from different contractors.
Ask for a quote from not just a single company but from at least two or three, and then make comparisons. Forget about the cheapest contractor though – there’s almost always a catch. It’s important to compare because this is the only way to know what you’re really getting from each contractor you’re considering.