What You Need to Know About Hiring a Septic and Sewer Professional

As a homeowner, there are many home maintenance needs that can occur. It may be the roof needing to be repaired, dryer vents needing to be cleaned, siding to be added and many others, but perhaps some of the most daunting are those related to plumbing or the sewer. After all, while many jobs may be tedious, anytime one has to work with the plumbing there seems to be more things that can go wrong than one would care to deal with. So rather than running the risk of more trouble that originally recognized, many homeowners opt to hire someone else to do the job.

However, there’s more to hiring a septic contractor than just pulling out the phone book and calling the first one listed. Obviously, if it is an emergency repair, you may not have time to do all of the following; but, if you merely looking for someone to have in case of an emergency, here are 10 things to keep in mind in hiring a septic or sewer contractor.

Talk to any neighbors or friends who have had to have septic work and learn who they called and what they thought of the company/work. You will do best to have at least 3 to 5 contractors to choose from.
Once you have a few names, check out the companies on Angies List or the BBB to make sure they are reputable. You may also want to check out the company’s websites to see if they have been rated by services like RatePoint. Ideally, you want someone who has a great deal of experience and is well established in your area.
Call the septic contractors and set up a consultation. This will help them to determine where the lines are and how accessible the septic system is. If possible, give the contractor a complete copy of the system design.
During the consultation(s), ask for price quote for assorted projects including labor, materials and equipment.
Ask for references, then take the time to call previous customers and ask about the company’s workmanship, how much (if any) damage was done on their yard and how has their septic system worked since the septic company worked on their system.
Make sure the contractor provides the tools and materials for the job. The assorted components to a septic system can be confusing, and it is best left to a professional.
Find out if the contractor and any co-workers are insured.
Choose a contractor based on price, references and your impressions.
Be sure the contractor provides you with a valid certificate of insurance before any work is begun or payments are made.
Be sure that whichever septic contractor you choose provides you with a contract that includes the work to be done, the cost of the work, a payment schedule, start date and expected date the job will be finished by.