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Plumbers Scam

Avoid The Plumbers Scam

Avoid the plumbers scam and be on your guard when hiring any tradesperson. The bottom line is that most homeowners are going to believe what you tell them in regards to plumbing. Reputation is paramount when it comes to plumbing companies.

The first thing to watch out for are plumbers that have different pricing for different neighborhoods. If you’re in what would be considered an upscale neighborhood, they’ll try and charge more for services. This type of treatment is not isolated to plumbing companies but trades as well.

Charged More For Living In A Nice Neighborhood

Second Opinion

Not long ago a family member’s air conditioner quit cooling and asked me if I would meet the repairman since they needed to be at work. The technician that showed up went through a few things and said, “You need a new air conditioner.  They cost $5500.” He decided to wait. Not long after that, our air conditioner stopped cooling so I called the same company. This time they sent a different technician, they didn’t know I had already met with them before. Same air conditioner, different neighborhood – $7200! We live about 2 miles away from each other. We got a second opinion on both air conditioners. Theirs cost $185 to fix, and ours was $485, both of which are running smoothly right now. But it goes to show you that homeowners will be charged differently for living in different areas.

Be On Your Guard And Avoid The Plumbers Scam.

If your water heater starts acting up and it’s less than eight years old without any corrosion, you call for a plumber. He says that you need to replace it. If you’re uncomfortable with the diagnosis, get a second opinion. In many cases, the problem can be minor and the plumber may be taking advantage of you.  Sometimes our pocketbook says that we need another opinion. Whatever the case, be on your guard and avoid the plumbers scam.

High-Cost Services Needs A Second Opinion

For big-ticket expenses, you need to get more than one opinion. If their estimates are close, pick the company you are most comfortable with and not the cheapest. If you’re looking for a plumbing company, try and find a company that offers free estimates. Understand this:  most, if not all, plumbing companies say that they’re free. But they’re only free if you use their service. If you don’t use them, then it’s going to cost you. At Big B’s Plumbing, all estimates are free whether you use them or not. They do not give estimates over the phone, but they will drive to your home with absolutely no obligation to use their service. License #986152

 

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