Rogue traders are ripping off Lancashire householders by charging them thousands of pounds for repairs caused by “flooding damage”.
Now county trading standards chiefs have urged residents to be on their guard against the conmen.
A cold caller recently charged a Preston resident £1,700 for two hours of unnecessary work on their roof.
And a Chorley resident paid £12,500 for shoddy roofing work which left holes with daylight showing through.
County Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Rogue roofers usually start their pitch with a small job, such as a claim that a slate needs fixing or the ridge tiles need cementing.
“This invariably escalates into a list of expensive problems once they are on the roof.
“Unscrupulous property repairers often trick people into paying high prices for work that is of poor quality or that did not need doing in the first place.
“Our advice is never to do business with cold callers and never agree to have work done by somebody who turns up uninvited on your doorstep.”
Coun Ali added: “If you think work needs to be done as a result of stormy weather, check with your insurance company first.
“If you do need to find a trader to do work, get quotes from two or three local businesses or ask friends and relatives to recommend a reputable business.
“You can also use our Safe Trader Scheme.”
The Safe Trader Scheme is a list of traders managed by Trading Standards with the aim of helping consumers find reputable traders for property repairs and home improvements.
Call 0303 333 11 11 or visit www.safetrader.org.uk for more information on the scheme.