Being ripped off can leave a really sour taste in anybody’s mouth– especially if they know that it could have been avoided. There are some Toronto plumbers who could careless about providing quality service at an affordable price, the only sound they seem to hear when it comes to dealing with clients if the sounds of dollar notes falling into their pocket and not their actual tools while fixing your plumbing problem. There are many scams that are easily detected and are are those that are quite subtle, but if you do not want to fall into the trap of being the another victim then pay careful attention to the tips that are outlined below.
Scam # 1- Different Customers Have Different Prices
You will be surprised just how much the area you live in will have a direct influence on your plumbing bill. Dishonest Toronto plumbers will overcharge seemingly wealthy clients, just because they are from a posh area in Toronto. As a guide, never give any details that could lead the plumber to believe that you are serving dinner with golden spoons, try to be descriptive and evasive at the same time.
Scam # 2- Overcharges For Simple Jobs
Many people do not know the fist things about plumbing and their ignorance opens the doors for some Toronto plumbers to take advantage of them. It will not be possible to cover all the areas of plumbing in a few hours, but try to get as many opinions as possible about what could be causing your drains to overflow or your pipes to leak. If an unprofessional plumber believes that he can take you for a ride then he will invent plumbing problems that do not exists so as to dig deeper in your pocket.
Scam # 3- Cheap Overpriced Materials.
You should always ensure that you are not paying for a nine to get a six. In other words, always check the products that you were told would be necessary for your plumbing job to ensure that they are of the highest quality and not made from mediocre materials. Unfortunately some Toronto plumbers will tell you they are going to need X brand of a particular material and end up buying the cheaper substitute to keep the extra money for themselves. The best way to get around this would be to check both the product and the receipt. If you are not familiar with product prices on the market then do your research to find out;the last thing you want is to pay $200 for a $80 toilet!!
Scam # 4- Evasive Estimates
If you do not have a signed estimate in writing that can be used in court as evidence that you are being or have been ripped off, then you run the risk of paying more than what you actually bargained for. Do not settle for word of mouth estimates because these only open the room for you to be overcharged. Only serious Toronto plumbers will provide you with an estimate if they mean business and do not plan to fatten their pay check at your expense.