There are certainly plenty of drain experts out there, and sometimes when we are in desperation, we usually go for the one that looks or sounds good without even giving ourselves enough time to canvass for better options. And too often, a lot of people fall under the traps of sneaky plumbers who falsely advertise or deceive consumers into getting their rather overpriced services in a number of ways. Before you become a victim of these culprits, it would help to check out for some signs that this guy might actually be overpricing you.
SIGN #1: GIVING ESTIMATES WITHOUT INSPECTING THE AREA
Like seriously, how can blocked drain repair experts give precise job estimates if they did not even take a look at the work that needs to be done? Sometimes, drain experts can already give you an idea about how much their minimum charge or hourly rate would be. But drain problems can be more complicated than it would seem, especially from a perspective of the consumer. So, if they only provide estimates based on hearsay, then this should be your red flag.
SIGN #2: GIVING A VERY CHEAP ESTIMATE
A common plumbing scam is to give a very cheap but incomplete estimate. By the time that the plumber gets his hands on the job, he will start charging for additional labour and materials before he even finishes the job, putting you on the spot. You have to note that plumbing is expensive and fees vary depending on the scope of work. So before you hire a drain expert, try to check out other companies for estimates and you’ll get a good idea of how much it really costs.
SIGN #3: NO LICENCE OR INSURANCE
Always ask to see their licence and insurance and if it is still valid. Some may outsmart you by saying they are licensed even if they’re not, so they can charge you more. However, there are unlicensed plumbers who come clean on this, but the problem is, you are taking a big risk on hiring them. They may charge a little cheaper than licensed plumbers, but when things are done poorly, you can’t assert your right since they are not legal.
SIGN #4: BRINGING IN SOME EXTRA WORKERS
Plumbing companies usually send in extra manpower if the work is too complex. This is normally indicated in the job estimate and price quote. But if your drain expert suddenly brings in another companion or two, you will be charged extra labour fees that could actually be unnecessary. If this is the case, discuss with the plumbing company as to the necessity of additional manpower and how long the work should take, to avoid more unpleasant surprises.
SIGN #5: ASKING TO BE PAID IN FULL BEFORE THE WORK IS DONE
A lot of drain experts reasonably ask for a down payment of up to half of the estimate as an assurance that you will pay them, and also to purchase some parts needed to get the job done. You shouldn’t be asked to pay in full if the job is not done and you are satisfied. If this happens, do not agree. They might trick you into leaving the job unfinished and never come back.
To avoid encountering these problems, always make it a point to inquire, compare, and check the background of the plumbers. It is always worth the hassle.