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 has a blockage, it can push water and sewage out of your drains and toilets. To maintain your system in good functional condition, you must hire a well-reputed septic service provider experienced in installing and maintaining 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 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 health department may be able to provide you a list of prospects in your area.
Do your research.
As soon as you have narrowed your search down to a few contenders, do a little research on each 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. Check their website to know their background and experience, and to be aware of the types of septic systems they usually handle. You also want to know if they use modern techniques, practices and 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 must have an entire new system installed, inquire as to the aftercare they normally 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 prospective contractor if they include aftercare in the installation price, and how much they will bill you for emergency cases. Know what guarantees they offer on their work and how fast they can send a technician over during these emergencies.
Check for hidden charges.
If your septic tank is buried underground, some companies may bill you an additional fee 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. Avoid the cheapest contractor however as you will likely get what you pay for. It’s important to compare because this is the only way to know what you’re really getting from each contractor you’re considering.