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Tips on How to Recognize Plumbing Scams

por Sonia Waechter (2020-05-03)


Scams can be found all around the world in all forms of business and plumbing business is no exception. If you are unlucky, then a dishonest plumber can pull a scam on you, robbing you out of a huge amount of money.



However, if you are aware of such scam you may just save your money. Whatever, your status is, but now I am sure that after reading this article, you will be aware of the most scams and know how to avoid it.

Three makes a crowd

With larger jobs, some providers for plumbing services in Woodland Hills agree to do the work and, before long, you find a team of people in your house. Be careful that your plumber isn't subcontracting out parts of the job and absolving himself of responsibility for the higher hourly rates that these sub-contractors may charge; or using two plumbers for a one-man job and charging extra. The deal you agree with the plumber should be all you pay - and it should be in writing.

Extended working hours

If you live in an up market neighborhood then it is not uncommon for plumbers to artificially inflate their rate. The sports cars in the driveways and stylish 6-bedroom houses are often seen as a green light for silly hourly rates that are not charged elsewhere. A little research online should help you avoid this scam. Check out three or more local Perth plumbers and gather quotes from them.

Installing inferior quality equipment



This is one of the most popular plumbing scams. High-quality plumbing tubes can often be quite expensive. However, you wouldn't mind paying that additional amount because that will ensure your pipes last much longer.

Some plumbers will, however, will bill you for high-quality material and then switch them for inferior quality tubings when they are finally doing the installation. This old bait-and-switch technique can run you for quite a lot of money. The only way to safeguard yourself from these scams is to get a list of the parts that your plumber wants to use and then take that list to a hardware store and check out the prices of those parts by yourself.

Mr. Moneybags

If you live in an upscale neighborhood or you have an expensive car in the driveway or if there is a huge flat-screen TV in your house, some plumbers might charge you more than what they would other people. Although it's hard to call this a scam, this is a widespread practice with most plumbing service provider in Woodland Hills whenever they go into affluent neighborhoods. After all, plumbers aren't bound by law to have fixed hourly rates, and they might jack up your price by 50 to 100% if they want to.

The way to get around this is to ask not one but two or three plumbers for quotes, and then you'll find out who's charging you extra.

So, these are some of the most common scams pulled by the dishonest plumbers on some unlucky clients. So, better be aware and avoid such scams.












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