When major clogs or sewer backups occur, the important thing is to be reactive and responsive, especially if the backup is causing sewage or wastewater to leak into your home or business. Unfortunately, as the drain services experts at General Sewer & Drain Services can tell you, not everyone in the trade is reputable, and there are a number of scams out there. The more you know about how these work, the better off you’ll be should the worst happen.
So what are some common sewer cleaning scams, and how do you avoid them? Let’s take a closer look:
- Questionable Questions: Sometimes, drain services “professionals” will try to solicit business using high-pressure tactics, and these often involve asking certain questions. If a representative is unduly interested in finding out where your spouse is, for instance, they may be trying to get you to agree to something your partner wouldn’t. In general, if a company is soliciting customers, you should be skeptical.
- Sketchy Signs: Disreputable drain and sewer cleaning companies will employ sneaky methods to try and convince you that you have a serious problem. In a common one, an accomplice to the main representative will scatter dirt in specific spots and convince you it’s the result of a leak. There is seldom enough pressure in a line to cause this to happen, so show these scammers the door.
- Fake Videos: A more recent and often highly effective innovation in the industry is the use of video inspection technology—essentially, cameras that work in pipes to find clogs and line issues. Scammers might use old footage of clogged pipes and try to pass it off as yours so you use their drain services. Make sure you have the service technician video something recognizable to ensure they’re not trying to fool you.
- Smart Snooping: A great way to root out the disreputable companies from the ones that are worth hiring is to find out as much as you can about them. This might mean consulting internet sources like the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, and Angie’s List. You may also want to ask friends or family if they had a good experience with a specific company.
Of course, if you’re in Hartford County, you should look into General Sewer & Drain Services for your repair and servicing needs. Find out more about this dedicated local business online or simply call the team there at (860) 527-4341.