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. 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 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 health department may be able to provide you a list of prospects in your area.
Do your homework.
When you have trimmed down your search to a few prospective companies, research each of them online. Know whether the company is licensed and registered with the state you’re in, and if they have liability as well as workman’s compensation insurance. 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 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.
Know what exact services they offer.
If you must have an entire new system installed, inquire as to the aftercare they normally provide. 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 also require inspection and maintenance every now and then. 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 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.
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. Comparisons are important because they’re your only way of knowing what you will actually get from every contractor on your list.