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Helpful Tips on How to Avoid Plumber Fraud

Helpful Tips on How to Avoid Plumber Fraud

A plumbing emergency often leaves homeowners feeling like they are at the mercy of the plumber. In most circumstances, your emergency plumber will arrive quickly, ready to get your system running again. But like in every other profession, there are a few plumbers who will try to take advantage of your lack of knowledge or try to charge you more than they should. Follow our advice to protect yourself from becoming a victim of plumber fraud. Estimates While everyone knows that the price on an estimate can vary, that doesn’t give your plumber an excuse to inflate the cost when the time comes to do the work. Insist on a list of all parts needed and the model or manufacturer of each. Shady plumbers often pocket a few dollars by giving you an estimate based on quality parts and supplies, then gives you inferior parts instead. Deposits It is common for plumbers to ask for a deposit before beginning a big job. This covers his time and investment if you decide not to get the work done. Small companies or independent plumbers may also ask for the money to buy the parts before they begin. A deposit of approximately 10 percent of the estimate is typical. If your plumber asks for significantly more, be cautious. He could intend to take your money and never return. Always check the terms to determine how much of the money you can get refunded if you decide not to get the work done. Workers Ask how many people it will require to do the job when you get your estimate. A common scam among...
Common Problems With Your Water Heater

Common Problems With Your Water Heater

Nothing screams, “I have a problem,” like jumping into a hot shower only to find out that the water is ice cold. Hot water heaters — both electric and gas — can have an array of problems. Here’s how you know if your water heater is in trouble. Out of Hot Water? When a water heater does not retain heat and the water cools, there could be a few issues going on. First, water heaters have a thermostat that tells the heater when to turn on and off. If the thermostat is faulty, the water heater will not know when to turn on the heater. The flip side of thermostat problems can result in water that is too hot to be safe. Another problem that causes lukewarm or cold water is a faulty main burner. In this case, when the thermostat tells the main burner (on gas water heaters) to ignite, it fails. The cause could be a blockage, such as dust or rust, that prevents the main burner from staying lit. Either way, you should call a plumber. Hearing Loud Noises? Sometimes there are loud banging noises that come from inside the water heater. Rest assured, it’s not a gremlin. Most likely it’s sediment caused by hard water deposits. One solution could be to flush the water heater and remove the sedimentation. If instead the problem is rusty pieces of metal floating around in there, you probably need a new water heater. Water Appears Brown in Color? When you have heavy rain or storms your water might have a slightly brownish tint to it if the water source is upset...