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Feb 08, 2024

Plumbing Scam To Watch Out For

Believe it or not, scams exist everywhere, including in the plumbing world. For the several decades we’ve been in the plumbing industry, we’ve seen thousands of homeowners and businesses fall prey to shady plumbers. The best way to avoid falling into the hands of unscrupulous plumbers is to know their tactics. In this article, Rooter Man Plumbing outlines some of the most common plumbing scams you may encounter.

The Bait-And-Switch Scam

This is one of the most common scams in the plumbing world. This is how it works—the plumber advertises a low price for a service, but then tries to upsell you on more expensive repairs or products once they arrive at your home.

How to avoid: Get multiple written estimates before hiring anyone, and be wary of any high-pressure tactics. Don’t feel obligated to agree to anything you’re not comfortable with. This way, you can beat unscrupulous plumbers at their own game.

Plumbers Going Door to Door

If a plumber shows up at your house uninvited, there’s a high chance they aren’t qualified and reputable. This is an age-old problem that you should be aware of.

How to avoid: There is everything wrong with uninvited plumbers showing up at your door. Don’t let anyone into your home without an appointment. If you decide to let them do any plumbing work, verify their credentials first.

Increasing Prices for Rich Neighborhoods

Affluent neighborhoods often catch the attention of shady plumbers. A plumber will come to your home and see that you have a luxury car or show any other signs of wealth, and they’ll decide to charge higher prices, assuming you can afford it.

How to avoid: Get quotes from multiple plumbers in different areas, compare prices carefully, and don’t be afraid to negotiate.

The Estimate is Always Changing

There are a few ways that this can work. The plumber gives you an initial estimate, but then adds on additional charges once the work is started. Sometimes, they’ll give you vague or incomplete estimates, and once the work is completed, the price doubles.

How to avoid: Get a detailed written estimate that outlines all potential costs upfront, agree on a fixed price before any work begins, and don’t approve any additional charges without understanding what they’re for.

Lowballing Quotes

Some shady plumbers will quote ridiculously low rates over the phone, only to surprise you with hidden charges.

How to avoid: Do your research and compare prices from multiple plumbing services, and be wary of offers that seem too good to be true.

Unnecessary Repairs

You might have encountered this scam if you’ve made a number of plumbing repairs in your home. Unscrupulous plumbers may recommend repairs that are not actually needed, inflating the cost of the job.

How to avoid: Get a second opinion from another plumber before agreeing to any major repairs, ask for detailed explanations of the problem and the proposed solution, and do your own research on the cost of parts and labor.

Nonexistent Warranties

Beware of plumbers who offer a warranty on their work, but it turns out to be worthless when you try to claim it. Some include vague or unclear warranty terms to hoodwink unsuspecting customers.

How to avoid: To be on the safe side, get a written warranty that clearly outlines the terms and conditions, ask about the plumber’s claims process, and check online reviews to see if others have had problems with their warranty.

Looking For A Trusted Plumbing Service? Reach Out To Rooter Man Plumbing.

Rooter Man Plumbing is a reputable plumbing company with over 40 years of industry experience. We’ve built a solid reputation for providing outstanding plumbing services to both homeowners and businesses. Whether you’re in need of plumbing installations or plumbing repair service, we’ve got you covered. From drain cleaning to pipe repair, sewer repair, garbage disposal repair, trenchless sewer line replacement, and water heater services, we do it all.


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