Scott was caught off-guard when Starz Plumbing more-than-doubled the sewer line repair at his home in Evans, Colorado. And, to add insult to injury, we found out that the entire job was probably not even needed!
In late 2018, Scott was selling one of his rental houses. The buyer’s inspector claimed the sewer line was defective due to a low spot, out in the street, where it connects to the main. Even though, two plumbing companies and the city inspector claimed the line was in good condition and fine working order, the buyer insisted on Scott getting it repaired.
By the way, throughout this ordeal, we have tried to get a comment from Owner, Enriques Reyes and from their attorney. We got one call from Starz attorney saying he was tied up in court for several days and have not yet received a follow-up call.
The selling agent recommended Starz Plumbing. Starz presented an original contract for $7,550. However, in the middle of the job – after everything was dug up – Starz increased the price to $16,500! More than double the original price. Star claims they had a right to increase the price because their contract basically says that changes in the estimate can be made, especially with unforeseen circumstances. So, what is Starz saying was “unforeseen”? Staz told us, and noted on the radio show, that they had to use a special backfill material that is very expensive, hence the increased cost. They claim they did not know about the extra backfill until after the job was started. BUT, WAS THIS UNFORESEEN?
According to Scott, the Evans City Inspector, Leon Blasco, said he warned Starz about the special backfill before the job even started! Further, we surveyed plumbers who say it’s common knowledge that cities require the special backfill. If this is true, why didn’t Starz warn the Scott about the extra cost? Further, the inspector doubts the line repair was needed in the first place! SEE HIS LETTER HERE.
So, did Scott even need the drain repair? Two other plumbers, confirm the city inspector’s opinion and say NO, HE DID NOT NEED THE REPAIR.
What do you think? In essence, Starz did the job and did it correctly and Scott did approve it. But, was he pressured into the more expensive cost after the hole was already dug? Did Starz know about the expensive backfill from the beginning? Why did two other companies and the city inspector say the sewer line did not need repair? Keep in mind, the buyer’s real estate agent is the one who had the home inspected and recommended Starz Plumbing. Could this be one elaborate scheme?
That’s why we say, the whole thing is “fishy”.