Is your plumber scamming you?
Posted on by on 14th July 2014 with 0 comment
Los Angeles is packed with plumbers. Most of them you can count on to do thorough, honest work… but what about the others? Unfortunately, scammers exist in every industry. With a city as large as ours, you can bet that there are some bad apples in the bunch.
As a Culver City resident, you can immediately narrow down your options to local contractors. The trick then is recognizing the good from the bad. If you’re at a loss, here are a few red flags to heed as you select a candidate to work on your plumbing.
Not every great contractor has a license. Some prefer to avoid getting it in order to sidestep the fees and bureaucracy that come with the territory. Plus it prices you out of range from certain jobs that you may actually enjoy doing.
However, if you’ve never hired someone to do work on your home, and you’re just not sure whom you can trust, confirming a license is a good place to start. It’s a sign that the plumber takes his job seriously and does work by the book.
Suspiciously cheap estimates
Just because a plumber quotes way below the competition doesn’t mean you should hire him. In fact, the opposite may be true. You don’t want an inexperienced contractor who’s desperate for work. He may actually exacerbate the problem.
To make sure you hire a company that knows what they’re doing, call the best plumber Culver City has to offer. Joseph Davidson’s trained experts have a resume of experience repairing everything from leaky faucets to faulty water heaters to blocked sewer lines. We have the work history to back up our reasonable estimates and talent.
If water is flooding your floorboards, you’ll want a pro to show up stat! Getting a quote may almost be an after thought for you. For all other non-emergency projects, make sure you choose someone who will take a little time to evaluate the problem.
If a plumber gives you a hasty quote over the phone before even seeing the breadth and depth of your issue, you can’t fully trust that he’ll stick to it. A problem may come up during the work that he would’ve noticed had he otherwise prepared ahead of time. He’ll want to add additional labor and costs, and at that point you may have no choice, since he’s in the middle of the project.
Adds additional labor
Unfortunately, even a carefully calculated quote doesn’t ensure that you’ll get what you expected. Shady plumbers may not necessarily alter the costs, but they can scam you in another way. For example, one might imply but never specify that he’ll be doing all of the work himself, perhaps with the help of a single apprentice.
However, as the project goes on, you start to notice more and more assistants in your home, until it becomes a small army of contractors doing the work of one guy who’s moved on to another project entirely! Always specify up front that your plumber will do the work himself.