We’ve all heard the stories: someone finds an Etobicoke plumbing contractor online, they come and do the work at an astounding price, and within weeks the person is trying to find someone who can fix the damage. Toronto area plumbing contractor, Absolute Draining & Plumbing who specializes in Etobicoke plumbing, explained it to us best; plumbing customers have not benefited from the internet: there are literally thousands of people pretending to be plumbers online, willing to work for incredibly low rates for any job. But when they finish the work, they disappear, and more often than not, the person who hired these fake plumbing contractors are left with a mess that only a qualified worker can fix.
Providing Unnecessary Plumbing Services
Probably the most common way people find out they’ve been scammed is when the work isn’t doing what it’s supposed to. Whether the pipes are leaking, the surrounding work is falling apart, or it simply looks bad, plenty of homeowners are finding out afterwards that they were scammed. And the worst part is, there’s no way to find the people once they leave. They cut cell phones and disappear, leaving you with the mess and a bill to pick up. Even if you could find them, it’s doubtful they would guarantee their work anyways. They know from the start they aren’t offering quality service.
Plumbing Isn’t Up To Code
Another way people discover they’ve been scammed is far more detrimental in the long run: the work wasn’t up to code. Often, this isn’t found until house inspectors come just before the sale of a house or, worse, once everything has been signed pending a house inspection. When a house fails an inspection due to plumbing not being up to code, two things happen: the house price drops substantially and your deal will most likely fall through. For people who were scammed, the work may look okay, but if it isn’t up to code, the house will have a hard time selling. Considering our homes are one of our biggest investments, risking that sort of financial hit just to save money on a plumbing job is simply not worth it, both in time and especially in money.
How To Find Real Plumbers
So how do we know the scammers from the real deals, the fake plumbers from the licensed plumbing service contractor? Well, one is the license itself. Whenever you get work done by someone claiming to be certified, ask to see the certification. It shouldn’t be an issue (unless they don’t have it) and any certified worker would be happy to show you they run an honest business.
Another is a guarantee of the work provided, in writing. Many scammers will hesitate to put anything in writing for fear of it catching up with them but legitimate businesses will probably come with one already prepared. The guarantee is less about the work itself, chances are a legitimate plumbing service will do a good job and not have to fix any mistakes, but the promise of a job well done the first time. Scammers, obviously, are not fans of such promises.
No matter what your job is, there is absolutely no substitute for a qualified Etobicoke plumbing contractor. Only workers with the right paperwork, including licences and guarantees, will give you the right job at the right price.