Difficulties involving your septic system can easily make your house uninhabitable. 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. 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 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 your research.
After narrowing your search down to a few prospects, do a bit of research on each one of them. Find out whether the company is licensed, registered with your state and adequately insured (workman’s compensation and general liability). Go to their website to learn about their background, including the types of septic systems they normally work with. You also need to know whether they apply modern techniques and practices and use modern 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 are in need of a new system installation, inquire about the aftercare that is usually provided. Septic tanks require emptying every three to five years, depending on the size of your household. 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. Know what guarantees they offer on their work and how fast they can send a technician over during these emergencies.
Check if there are Hidden charges.
If you have an underground septic tank, you may have to pay extra 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.
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. It’s important to make comparisons, if only to know what exactly you’re getting from every contractor you may be considering.