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. Picking an inexperienced company or one that depends on convenient shortcuts can be catastrophic and can even decrease the market value of your property.
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 your 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). Check their website to know their background and experience, and to be aware of the types of septic systems they usually handle. You also need to know whether they apply modern techniques and practices and use modern equipment. If you have any doubts or questions about your prospective company’s credentials, give them a call and get their license number so you can directly ask your state’s licensing authority about them.
Know what exact services they offer.
If you are in need of a new system installation, inquire about the aftercare that is usually provided. Septic tanks should be emptied regularly – every three to five years, depending on how many people are in the household. The tank and drainage field must also be inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Ask your prospect whether aftercare is already part of the installation price, and how much you have to pay for emergency calls. Find out about any guarantees they may offer on their work and how quickly they will be able to dispatch a technician during such emergencies.
Check if there are Hidden charges.
If you have an underground septic tank, you may have to pay extra 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 quotes from different contractors.
Request a quote not only from a single contractor but from several, and then compare. Avoid the cheapest contractor however as you will likely 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.