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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Follow these common tips to avoid a potential plumber scammer in your area

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The City of Galveston wants you to protect yourself, your home, your business, and your finances after Winter Storm Uri by avoiding plumbing contractor scams. Follow these common tips from the Better Business Bureau to avoid a potential scammer in your area.

Read your estimate carefully. There are many variables in pricing for different plumbing companies. Check if the estimate is a flat rate including materials or if materials will be charged separately. Make sure it is clear what the estimate includes. Check for things like quality of fixtures and number of fixtures and make sure large differences in quotes are not because something has been left out. Also, ask about equipment fees and see if there are extra costs for equipment, truck or trip costs. Ask if the plumber will use drop sheets or service mats to protect your home during the work and if the cost of cleanup is included in the estimate.

Ask before you buy. You may want to buy fixtures or products yourself for your plumber to install. Check with the plumber first to make sure they are willing to do this, as some plumbing companies do not provide this service. If you do buy the products, look for items with the Uniform Plumbing Code stamp or approval from The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). In Canada, the Standards Council of Canada is mandated with overseeing the National Standards System. If the product fails, you may be responsible for removing or fixing it, not your plumber.

Check warranties. Make sure you check the warranties for both your products and your plumber’s labor; they may not be for the same period. Your plumber should comply with manufacturers’ specifications so warranties remain valid. However, the plumber may have to do something that voids a warranty in an emergency.

https://www.bbb.org/article/tips/14084-bbb-tip-plumbers

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La ciudad de Galveston quiere que usted se proteja a sí mismo, su hogar, su negocio y sus finanzas después de la tormenta invernal Uri evitando las estafas de los contratistas de plomería. Siga estos consejos comunes del Better Business Bureau para evitar un posible estafador en su área.

Lea atentamente su presupuesto. Hay muchas variables en los precios de las diferentes empresas de plomería. Compruebe si el presupuesto es una tarifa plana que incluye materiales o si los materiales se cobrarán por separado. Asegúrese de que quede claro lo que incluye la estimación. Verifique cosas como la calidad de los accesorios y el número de accesorios y asegúrese de que las grandes diferencias entre las citas no se deben a que se haya omitido algo. Además, pregunte sobre las tarifas del equipo y vea si hay costos adicionales por el equipo, el camión o los costos de viaje. Pregunte si el plomero usará sábanas o tapetes de servicio para proteger su hogar durante el trabajo y si el costo de la limpieza está incluido en el presupuesto.

Pregunte antes de comprar. Es posible que desee comprar accesorios o productos usted mismo para que su plomero los instale. Consulte con el plomero primero para asegurarse de que esté dispuesto a hacer esto, ya que algunas empresas de plomería no brindan este servicio. Si compra los productos, busque los que tengan el sello del Código uniforme de plomería o la aprobación de The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). En Canadá, el Consejo de Normas de Canadá tiene el mandato de supervisar el Sistema Nacional de Normas. Si el producto falla, es posible que usted sea responsable de quitarlo o repararlo, no de su plomero.

Consultar garantías. Asegúrese de verificar las garantías tanto de sus productos como de la mano de obra de su plomero; pueden no ser por el mismo período. Su plomero debe cumplir con las especificaciones del fabricante para que las garantías sigan siendo válidas. Sin embargo, es posible que el plomero tenga que hacer algo que anule la garantía en caso de emergencia.

https://www.bbb.org/article/tips/14084-bbb-tip-plumbers

 

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