More than 21 million American households use septic tanks to hold, treat, and disperse their domestic wastewater. When used correctly, septic systems are highly effective and reliable. Still, routine septic tank pumping and maintenance are required to keep the system flowing smoothly. If you recently bought a property with a septic system, you’ll want to partner with a reliable contractor that can meet all your septic needs for years to come. Here’s how to choose a professional you can trust. 

Septic Tank Pumping Professional

Licenses and Insurance 

Choosing a licensed and insured septic tank pumping company is essential. Licensing requirements vary by state. In California, septic service providers must pass the Sanitation System and business exams to obtain a California Sanitation System contractor license. 

A license proves the company is legitimate, with technicians who have received proper training and understand the best practices for pumping and maintaining septic tanks. Insurance is also important because it protects you from financial liability if something goes wrong during the pumping process. 

Knowledge and Experience 

A septic pumping company with years of experience has likely seen situations similar to yours before, making them better able to deliver exceptional services. The company should also be familiar with regulations or restrictions in your area that could affect septic tank pumping. 

Services Rendered 

Even the most reputable septic company is no good to you if they don’t offer the services you’re looking for. Whether you require routine pumping and maintenance, septic inspections, drain field repairs, or emergency services, make sure the professional you choose can meet your specific needs. 

Approach to Septic Cleaning and Waste Disposal 

Septic tank pumping may require removing scum and sludge from the system. Your contractor should have a clear plan for cleaning the tank and discarding the resulting waste. Choose a professional that follows proper disposal procedures and is committed to protecting the environment. 

Customer Reviews and References 

A company’s reputation is another important factor to consider. Read online reviews to get an idea of the customer service, timeliness, work ethic, and reliability you can expect. If you find a contractor you like, you can also ask them for references that you can contact directly. A septic service provider with a good reputation is more likely to leave you satisfied with a job well done. 


Finally, consider the prices offered by septic contractors in your area. Call several companies to request quotes for routine services before settling on one provider or another. However, keep in mind that the cheapest option isn’t always the best. Consider the other factors mentioned above, along with the estimates you receive, rather than basing your decision solely on the price. 

Trinity Liquid Waste is a family-owned business with over 25 years of experience serving residential and commercial customers in the San Francisco Bay Area. We specialize in septic pumping, septic inspections, septic repairs, and other plumbing-related services, with routine visits and emergency response available. For more information or to schedule septic services with us, please call 510-874-6489 or contact us online.