How to Spot and Deter the Driveway Cowboys!
Yes, even the most vigilant and sensible of us can be taken in by an offer that is too good to be true. Luckily The Driveway Doctor is on hand to help you from being the next victim of the driveway cleaning and sealing scammers.
Ever spotted a scruffy looking unmarked van or pick-up crawling slowly up and down your street with unscrupulous looking people knocking door to door?
Chances are, they are not trying to sell you religious books or cosmetics, instead they will be telling you they have spotted loose tiles on your roof, or more often than not, offering you a driveway or patio cleaning and sealing service for an unbelievably cheap price.
In reality these ‘Cowboys’ will typically do a very sub-standard driveway cleaning job often resulting in block paving being up-rooted from the sub-base and the delicate sand between the blocks completely blown away. Even concrete or resin bound surfaces can be permanently damaged if the wrong techniques are used. ‘Sealants’ will often be just 90% plain water with an unknown substance in it that might just give a sheen for 15 minutes – But will offer no protection at all.
Quite often distraction will prevent you from seeing this damage until you have handed over the cash and the perpetrators have made a swift exit from your property. The first indication of a poor job is unsightly zig-zag lines caused by inexperienced operators using a single jet high pressure lance. Closer inspection often reveals much more significant damage.
Read on to spot the signs and how to take action or contact us for peace of mind…