Use Caution: Plumbing Tricks of the Trade

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We’ve suggested that business owners establish a relationship with a reliable plumber BEFORE they’re in too deep. The fact of the matter is that it really shouldn’t be any different for homeowners. At the end of the day, everyone is susceptible to scams, especially when plumbing problems frequently require emergency assistance.

To avoid hiring a plumber that is up to no good, Angie Hicks has shined light on certain red flags to look out for:

Unusually low bids. If the initial price sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Unreliable plumbers will often real you in with low quotes, and then tack on unexpected costs before the job is complete.

No contract. Everything is better in writing. Without a detailed contract regarding what will be paid a when, a plumbing job should not be performed.

Extreme pressure. Know where the water main in your home is and shut it off to alleviate crisis in your home. This should negate a plumber’s need to pressure you into an “emergency” situation were you feel as though you don’t have the time to select the right product at the right price. If a plumber is making you feel rushed or uncomfortable, they may be trying to get a good deal out of you.

Negative consumer reviews. No contractor should ever be hired if not properly licensed and insured. Positive reviews on a trusted site are a good way to ensure your plumber will put you in good hands.

For a licensed and insured plumber you can trust, call us at Barker and Sons today! Our team is committed to serving every customer right, right from the beginning. For more plumbing updates, LIKE us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circle on Google+.