How to Pick a Good Septic Tank Maintenance Company
Difficulties involving your septic system can easily make your house uninhabitable. If your system has a blockage, it can push water and sewage out of your drains and toilets. To keep your system in great condition, you have to look for a reputable septic company that has several years of experience in septic tank installation and maintenance. 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 search for a skilled contractor is to ask for personal referrals from friends, relatives or neighbors. Also, you can explore websites that rate local contractors and let customers leave testimonials. Your local authority or health department can even give you a list of prospects in your area.
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). 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 need a new system installation, ask them about any aftercare they provide. 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 prospect whether aftercare is already part of the installation price, and how much you have to pay for emergency calls. 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.
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. Comparisons are important because they’re your only way of knowing what you will actually get from every contractor on your list.