By John Musella – Angie’s List
The abundance of unscrupulous entrepreneurs in the sewer and drain cleaning business has led to an all time low in this industry. Here are five ways to help avoid becoming the victim to a scam or unnecessary service for your sewer or drain:
1. Know how to spot the wrong questions – Some business owners prey upon the elderly and widowed. There are companies that train their employees on how to spot a susceptible candidate. They are taught to ask questions like, “Is your husband at home?” or “Are you divorced?” When they get the answer they are looking for they descend upon their prey.
2. Watch out for “evidence” – Employees of a dishonest drain cleaning business are taught techniques to convince homeowners that they have worse problems than they actually have. Some will travel in pairs and while one is upstairs getting information about the customer the other is down stairs spreading dirt in specific spots that they say indicate the sewer pipe is broken and forcing the dirt up through the concrete.This may seem silly to an expert in the field since there is seldom enough pressure in a drain line (even one with back pressure due to a clog) to force water through a concrete slab and definitely would never have enough force to send dirt through a solid slab.
Others carry bags of rocks with them and put them in the house traps or cleanouts in the house so they are assured future stoppages in the line. After the second or third stoppage they show the homeowner the rocks they “removed” from their pipe and tell them the pipe must be damaged and needs to be jetted and video inspected.
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