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BEWARE OF DECEPTIVE BIDS

As mentioned on the Home Page, most people will only install one septic system in their lifetime.  The opportunity for a contractor to give a substandard bid is likely to happen.  This is also frustrating to us as contractors as we want a “level playing field” which allows us to compete with integrity.
We have included below many of the things that you should look for in a bid and why to look for them.


1.  Does the bid include state and local approval fees and permits?  This can be quite important as it often cost over $1,000 for these. 

2.  Does the bid include design fees for the contractor to the design/plans for the job site which will be submitted to the state for approval?

3. Does the bid include one or two septic tanks?  This second septic tank is usually well worth the money because it will protect your drain field as discussed in FAQ’s. 

4.  Does the bid include pumping and inspecting of existing septic tank if it is to be used in the new system?  Usually pumping is not included but it is a factor that a customer should consider when comparing bids.

5.  Does the contractor strip the topsoil and save and re-spread it once the system is installed?  Topsoil costs $200-$300 per truck load and it may take several truck loads to get your lawn back to where grass seed will grow again, so this can be a substantial savings. Usually, if your contractor does save the topsoil he would be willing to re-spread it for you.  Some will also be willing to finish grade and finish rake the topsoil for you.  It may be best if you ask your contractor to separate out these prices so you can compare apples to apples.

6.  Does the contractor compact the trenches that can be compacted (not all can be), or come back and refill the settled trenches with topsoil?  This can amount to a rather unexpected problem as it looks fine when the contractor leaves and asks for his money and after a few heavy rainfalls the trenches reappear and must be refilled, finish graded and seeded or re-seeded.  If you were to hire a landscaper to do this, it could cost you many hundreds to thousands of dollars. A no-settling guarantee should be given in writing as some contractors can be very hard to contact once paid.


As you can see the “low price contractor” can be frustrating and easily end up costing you hundreds if not thousands of dollars more.  In the end, even if you use another contractor, we will feel better knowing that you did get a fair deal by being an “educated consumer”.


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