We have addressed this subject previously in this space, but it bears repeating. In the February 9th, 2014 edition of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
, page 1 of Section B contained an article entitled "Scams are arriving the old-school way." Of the items discussed, water treatment scams were once again front and center. You may have received an official-looking envelope in the mail with perhaps the words "Testing", "Pure", "Florida", "Solutions", "Systems", "Southeast", and "Water" contained in the return address. The envelope may also say something about "Important.............Information Enclosed", "Water Inspection Notice Inside". Inside, there may be a postage-paid postcard that may say something like: "...we will be in your area performing water tests very soon...". There are several versions of this card out there with different company names, and originating & return addresses on it in the greater Tampa Bay area: Tampa, Winter Haven, Pinellas Park, Palm Harbor, and Clearwater, but in reality, it all winds up at the same place. We at Water-Pro, members of our employees' extended families, and customers of Water-Pro have all received these mailings on multiple occasions in the mail. It should become obvious pretty quickly that these are all from the same people, even though they are operating under different names with different return addresses.
The same people running these outfits have operated under several different names and have been using high-pressure sales & scare tactics to persuade area citizens, often elderly and single, into buying over-priced equipment that they often do not need. In many cases, this unscrupulous seller, while performing a "water test" on the person's water, will add a substance to the sample which will make the natural minerals, also known as dissolved solids, in a given water sample clump together and settle to the bottom. (On some versions of the cards that are out there, in the lower-right corner is a space for the water test results. The result of this part of the test is known as "Precip" on the card). "Look at the crap that you are putting into your body!" is but one of the visual scare-tactics used by this outfit. The seller will keep the prospective customer at their kitchen table until they sign a contract for this new equipment. The customer might already have equipment that is working perfectly, or might not even need any equipment at all. Once the new equipment is installed, the customer's existing equipment, if any, is hauled away, the money collected, the seller never seen again, and the buyer is left with overpriced equipment that simply does not work properly. In other cases, the buyer has paid the seller for several service contracts on the same piece of equipment. Unfortunately, one of the most recent victims Water-Pro is aware of is one of our long-time customers.
Again, we mention this only because Water-Pro does not want to see this happen to anyone--especially our valued existing and prospective customers. Please be especially careful if you choose to respond to this type of solicitation and who you invite into your home or place of business. If anything, do not sign any contracts until you get at least two more estimates from local, reputable companies, such as Water-Pro. We are a proud member of the Florida Water Quality Association, the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce & Better Business Department, the National Federation of Independent Business, and an affiliate member of the Venice Area Board of Realtors®
. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to request a FREE, no-obligation, no-pressure, written estimate. A Water-Pro technician--not a salesman who knows nothing about water treatment--will be the one to test your water for hardness, iron, sulphur, chlorides (municipal water and some well water systems with chlorine injection systems), tannins, and TDS (total dissolved solids).