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They arrive as plumbers, and destroy more than they repair

I called a plumber for a leak in my house. FABOS Construction showed up. No license number on the van. Fabian insisted that I redirect the plumbing overhead before any solid analysis. Quoted thousands. They dug holes in my floor and found nothing. Eventually found the leak in the wall after 8 hours of digging. These guys took twice as long as the last slab plumbers I hired to do the same work. Fabian cut the rebar out of the floor before filling. Repaired the leak, then caused another leak. Then broke a toilet line. Then seated another toilet. Both toilets had shallow wax rings. So both toilets leaked onto the floor. Started the job with one leak, and had four leaks when the job was done. I paid them in full to get them off the property at 10PM. They cashed my check. Then I called the city and the state of Texas. There is no way to get the money back... so I am posting this was a warning to others. These three companies are the same: Texas Slab Leak Repair and Plumbing in Irving, TX, FABOS Construction, and Senor Rooter. M-36580. Don't trust any of these people.

User's recommendation: Call a certified plumber. Check the IDs.

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#1864011

The more people I talk to, and the more I read, the more disgusted I get. FABOS was operating illegally.

Not having a license means that these guys are not even insured. The next problem is that they should have only been there to dig holes. Not perform plumbing services. Shame on you.

So Fabian of FABOS was supposed to be there to dig, and only dig. Selling tiling services is extra shady. He should not have been detecting leaks that did not exist. He should not have lifted my toilets.

He was not a licensed plumber. He was a handy man. Shame on you again. When Fabian broke one toilet, he claimed that it was "on me" the next day.

When he was on site, he said he would come back and make it right. The towel he had wrapped around the valve was there all day leaking into the hole he dug. I mean, really? $2100 for a bath faucet and the toilet was somehow "on me"?

Meaning he was telling me it was my fault. Really. When he set off the fire alarm with dust, he quickly left the premises for a couple hours to avoid the police from asking questions and checking his license because the FABOS van was parked in front. I was wondering why someone would leave a job in the middle of the day when the job was already running 4 hours and they had not found the leak yet.

This was the scummiest scam job I had ever seen. Excavators should not be become unlicensed plumbers just because they are there. Shame on you, Fabian. The broken leaking toilet was "on me"?

You were breaking the law simply by refusing to fix it and leaving the house with it leaking. You broke it. You fix it. You bent the pipe because you did not know how to use a wrench.

The State of Texas is coming for you. So. Things you did not know: How to install a shower valve properly. Never cut the rebar in the floor out.

With the rebar missing, I fear the concrete patch will someday fall in. What if a child jumps onto that spot and falls in? How to install a drywall patch flush. How to find a leak.

Other than the tile, you did nothing right.

Nothing. Shame on you again.

#1857032

If someone calls or writes to say that FABOS settled with the customer... don't take their word for it.

I never want the money back. Fabian has been screwing people for years.

See Yelp, and Angies list. I want this post to last forever, and ever, and ever, and ever.

#1857028

Fabian Chaparro can be found on the Texas state plumbers website database. It only took me 20 tries to find his name on that web portal even though I had the exact spelling.

His Texas apprentice registry has been delinquent since 2018. He has an incomplete Irving address although online records show him living in Denton. So, you call for a plumber. You think you have a slab leak.

You are quoted $200 or more an hour, and what you get are three handymen from FABOS Construction with a jackhammer where the leader is not even a registered plumbing apprentice. He claims he recently passed his plumber test, but clearly that is not true at all. Not according to state records. This is why Fabian failed to install two toilets properly at the same time, and broke the supply line, and bent the supply pipe, then blamed it on the home owner...

after collecting a multi-thousand dollar check for a leaky shower valve. No certified plumber would ever do that and flee the residence after taking the check. This is illegal. Fabian will ask you to sign for work they never did.

Mostly because they hung around your property all day, taking hours to jackhammer two small holes, fill the holes in, and tile them over to hide the fact that nothing was ever found under there. Lucky I have photos and video. The law says FABOS can put a lien on your home once you sign for the work, so state laws make it such that once they begin work, they have you and there is no escape. Even if they jackhammer without a permit.

Write them a small check to get them off the property if the situation gets ugly. If you find this post after FABOS starts work, take the estimate and tear it up. Call the city immediately. Call the police.

Throw them off of the property. They are not registered, not certified, and probably did not pull a permit to dig. Your leak detect was surely fake. Mine was.

Fabos just wanted to start digging to lock me into their labor deal. They will try to sell you a tile job. This is their M.O. Plumbers don't tile.

They fix leaks. The state of Texas wont pick up if you call. Email all your photos to the state complaints address. They will get back to you in a week.

Maybe. And someone will be assigned to work with you.

They will track down the master responsible plumber who has a valid license. The state is slow, but they will catch up with the bad guys.

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ID
#1889872 Review #1889872 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Fabos Construction Plumbing Service
Pros
  • Service with a smile
Cons
  • While you take it up the butt
Loss
$3000
Preferred solution
Full refund

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