How to Choose a Septic Tank Maintenance Company
Problems affecting with your septic system can make your home unlivable in just a few minutes. 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. 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 hire a skilled contractor is to ask for recommendations from people you know – friends, relatives, coworkers, neighbors, etc. Also, you can explore websites that rate local contractors and let customers leave testimonials. Your local health department may be able to provide you a list of prospects in your area.
Do your homework.
After narrowing your search down to a few prospects, do a bit of research on each one of them. See if the company has a license and is registered with your state, and whether they have workman’s compensation and liability insurance. Take a look around their website to learn about their experience and to be informed of the types of septic systems they typically work with. You also need to know whether they apply modern techniques and practices and use modern 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 specific services they provide.
If you are in need of a new system installation, inquire about the aftercare that is usually provided. 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 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.
Dig in to know about any hidden charges.
If you have an underground septic tank, you may have to pay extra 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 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. Comparisons are important because they’re your only way of knowing what you will actually get from every contractor on your list.