Some homeowners have only basic knowledge about plumbing issues, and so they ask experts to help them when something goes wrong. Unfortunately, not all are really “experts”, and some companies can easily lure you into a scam with low costs.
The safest way to avoid plumbing scams is always hiring a reputable professional. Professional plumbers also can provide different levels of services. By asking your friends and family or reading reviews online, you can get a great sense of whether or not a company is trustworthy.
How to identify a scam?
Start by asking questions related to the process. If a contractor wants your business, he shouldn’t mind answering.
Also, you can ask for a license. The contractor should be willing to produce the license and business registration on demand.
Always get your quote in writing. Know your budget and know your rights; you can always ask for written estimates.
If a contractor gets offended or angry about your questions and your demands for high-quality work, he might be a scammer.
Here are some common plumbing scams to watch out for:
More staff than necessary: It usually happens during large plumbing jobs. For instance, if your plumbing issue requires at least two plumbers to do the job well. Two plumbers arrive on the first day for the job, but then three come in on the fourth, and another plumber joins them on the fifth day. You will pay for labor so that you will be charged for these additional people.
No paperwork: Never let a plumber quote on your job without seeing your actual plumbing issue and never accept a quote that’s not in writing.