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 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. 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 search for a skilled contractor is to ask for personal referrals from friends, relatives or neighbors. 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.
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). 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 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 specific services they provide.
If you are in need of a new system installation, inquire about the aftercare that is usually provided. Depending on the size of the household that uses it, a septic tank must be emptied every three to five years. The tank and drainage field must also be inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Ask your prospective contractor if they include aftercare in the installation price, and how much they will bill you for emergency cases. 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 for hidden charges.
If your septic tank was installed underground, some companies may charge you 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.
Get a quote not just from one contractor but from many, and compare them. 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.