How to Avoid Plumbing Scams?

Home contractor scams are on the rise. Plumbing cons, unfortunately, are not an exception. Boston Drain Company has been in the business for many years to know how to avoid being taken advantage of and choose a reputable professional to fix a customer’s drain or sewer problem.


One of the most common scams involves overcharging. A dishonest plumber can convince a customer that they are getting the best product or service, while in fact using low-quality equipment or tools and pocketing the profit. Shady plumbers can also increase their service rates after evaluating your nice home and neighborhood, assuming you can afford to pay more.


Another red flag is a cash-only plumbing company. If a plumber provides no written receipt to a customer, the odds are they don’t have insurance and/or don’t pay taxes. According to Better Business Bureau (BBB), one of the most common plumbing frauds is asking for half of the payment upfront. In most states, a plumbing technician can’t legally request more than 10% of the job’s cost upfront.


Don’t hesitate to ask a technician to show their credentials and a plumber license number.  As a customer, you have a right to look them up in the database of Massachusetts State Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters, by clicking here. A legitimate plumber shouldn’t have an issue with sharing this crucial information.


To avoid becoming a victim of a plumbing fraud, make sure to do your preliminary research. Look for plumbing companies, check out their websites and read their reviews online. A real plumber will come to your property to give you an exact quote and compile your contract.  If you’re looking for a reputable and certified professional plumber, contact Boston Drain Company. We have the certification, training, expertise, and experience to back up our excellent work.

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