An anonymous plumber contacted me this morning expressing his concern over price gouging involving emergency water heater and furnance installations in the aftermath of the flooding.
The plumber claimed customers are being charged double and triple the cost of pre-flood rates. He said he had names and numbers of both victims and culprits, but did not specify further.
If it’s true, customers need make sure to shop around. If you feel you may have been duped, check with dealers outside the effected areas for prices, look on the internet, and just shop around in general.
Inflating prices because of emergency induced demand is no different than looting in my book.