Picking the Right Septic Tank Maintenance Service
Issues with your septic system can make your home uninhabitable in a matter of 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. Choosing an inexperienced service or one that relies on shortcuts can be disastrous and may even bring down your property’s market value.
The best way to look for a skilled contractor is to seek personal recommendations from people you know and trust. 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 some homework.
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. 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 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. Also requiring regular inspection and maintenance are the tank and drainage field. Ask the company if the installation price already covers aftercare, and what their charges are for emergency work. 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.
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 there is a considerable distance between your septic tank and the closest spot where the contractor’s truck can be parked, you may also have to pay more for that.
Compare different quotes from different contractors.
Request a quote not only from a single contractor but from several, and then compare. Forget about the cheapest contractor though – there’s almost always a catch. It’s important to make comparisons, if only to know what exactly you’re getting from every contractor you may be considering.