Plumber repair scams are a total waste of time and money. Unfortunately, there are still unsuspecting homeowners who fall victims to these scammers. Plumbing scams take into a lot of forms in this digital age, but like any type of scam, the stories and the outcome are all too common.
The best way to avoid plumber scams is by having the resolve to just work with a licensed plumber, and realizing that there is no other way to do plumbing work than entrusting it to a professional. The minute a property owner thinks he can get away with the expense of dealing with a licensed plumber is the minute he risks the safety and good workmanship of his property’s plumbing system.
Avoiding Plumber Related Scams
There are several ways to avoid plumbing related to scams. One of the most effective ways is by asking for the license and insurance details of the would-be contractor before hiring his company. The homeowner must verify these details through the Contractors State License Board (CSLB), and the Local Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB and the CSLB both have online verification systems where customers can check the licensing status of the plumbing contractor, and actual customer feedback on him.
Asking for the status of the insurance policy is also critical since it will provide information on the effectiveness of the insurance coverage of the contractor.
Checking on objective customer feedback is another way to avoid plumbing related scams. As long as the customer is checking objective online reviews such as those from third-party websites then he can get a grasp of the contractor’s expertise and customer service values.
Signs of a Plumber Scam
To further avoid scams customers should stay mindful of signs of a fraudulent plumbing contractor service. These signs include the following:
- A promotion where the contractor is forcing a customer to join as it will soon end.
- When the contractor refuses to provide his credentials.
- When the contractor does not want to provide a written estimate.
- When the plumber is insisting that the issue is bigger than it looks, and he is bringing in more workers.
- When the contractor insists that he will provide the fixtures, spare parts, and other supplies that are usually provided by the customer.