How To Avoid Plumbing Scams

If you have a plumbing problem, it’s already stressful enough to make time for a plumber visit. To make matters worse, there are plumbing scams out there that will cost you more money in the long run. Below are a few indicators that the plumber you’re dealing with may be a scammer.

Santa Monica, CA plumbing scams

More Than One Plumber

Most simple plumbing jobs, like fixing sink leaks and unclogging drains, do not take more than one plumber. If more than one person shows up to fix your toilet, this is a cause for suspicion. Often, when two or more plumbers show up for the job, you’ll pay an hourly rate plus additional fees for the extra set of hands.

Upcharging in Nice Neighborhoods

If you live in a nicer neighborhood with more expensive houses, a plumber may raise their rates according to what they think you can pay. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, call around and get quotes from several plumbers, including those outside your area so you know what to expect to pay for a given service. You will get the best deal by putting a little more research into your hunt for a plumber.

Lowball or Over-the-Phone Estimates

Some unsavory plumbers will trick homeowners by first quoting an affordable price and then later charging you more for “extra work.” As said above, it’s best to call a few different plumbers so you know what price to expect in your area.

Another indicator of plumbing scams is quoting an estimate before they have checked out your problem. It is one thing for plumbers to charge reasonable fees for travel or upfront inspections fees. It is another thing entirely for them to quote you over the phone before really knowing if the cause of the leak is a broken pipe or simply a loose gasket. You’ll typically end up paying more if you get an over-the-phone quote than an in-person quote.

Sunset West Plumbing & Rooter Inc. is a company of professional plumbers who can be trusted to deliver superior services in the Santa Monica, CA area. Avoid the plumbing scams by calling us for any plumbing needs at (310) 454-2010!