As sad as it is, there are always scammers out there trying to trick you. But finding a reputable plumber that you can put your trust in will put your mind at ease. Here are some tips to follow when you think you might be getting hoodwinked.
Some Common Scams
Do you know who comes to your door? Someone dropping by unsolicited and claiming to be a plumber is probably out to trick you. Something is wrong with your sewer line and you didn’t notice it before? That’s probably true, but getting an actual expert to come and take a look at it is worth the wait. Reputable plumbers do not canvass door-to-door offering their services. Getting unexpected phone calls out of the blue offering plumbing services is also fishy. A newspaper ad that comes and goes is too good to be true, too.
Get It All in Writing
Once you have a plumber arrive, make sure you get everything you agree on set down in writing. A scammer won’t want to do this. Request a list of parts and tools that the plumber plans on using. Being on your guard can help you stay vigilant against dishonesty, which is something you’ll never have to worry about when you work with Alpha Plumbing. Getting all the paperwork in order before any repairs, maintenance, or plumbing replacements happen is also worth the hassle. This can prevent the estimated costs for the project that you were quoted at the outset from ballooning.
How to Build Trust
Trust is the cornerstone of any strong relationship. This is true for friendship, romance, and family bonds. Building trust with your plumber is part of establishing a long-term relationship that benefits everyone involved. Licensing and certification in Maryland is crucial. Look out for well-designed logos, uniforms, and clearly marked vehicles. Make sure all of the pricing is explained and be sure to read some reviews during your search for contractors. Lastly, if they are forthcoming and friendly with all of your questions, then you know you have found the right plumber.
A RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PLUMBING COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST
Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.
For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.