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Plumbing Contractor Red Flags to Watch Out For

If you need to have any kind of work done on your plumbing system, then your best option is to hire an experienced plumbing contractor, such as a member of our team here at On-Deck Plumbing. However, not all contractors are equally skilled or honest, so it’s important to research your candidates carefully before you decide who to hire.

In this article, our team will go over a few red flags to watch out for during your search for the right plumbing contractor.

  • No Insurance – When searching for a plumbing contractor, make sure to ask each candidate for proof of insurance. Reputable contractors, such as those on our team, understand that any mistakes they make on the job can cause damage to your home or business, so they’ll carry insurance to cover the costs of such accidents. If you choose a plumber without insurance, you’ll be left to deal with those costs yourself.
  • Sight-Unseen Estimate – You should be wary of any plumbing contractor who offers you an estimate without examining the job site in person. Some may offer you a ballpark figure over the phone, but a reputable plumbing contractor should never provide a final estimate until they have fully inspected your plumbing system. A trustworthy contractor will always perform the inspection before giving you a quote, as that’s the only way to be accurate.
  • Lowball Estimates – We encourage you to be suspicious of any plumbing contractor whose offer seems significantly lower than the others. Remember, you should always get a few different quotes before you decide who to hire. In our experience, plumbers who try to undercut the competition on pricing tend to have results that reflect those low prices.