How to find the best Plumber
The difference with having to choose a good Plumber and having to choose a joiner, builder or electrician is that a Plumber is more often than not called when there is an urgent situation. This means that you do not have too much time to look around.
Anyway, here are some good tips on how to find a good Plumber for all circumstances.
Unfortunately, it does seem that in the domestic plumbing trade there are plumbers wausau more horror stories of men and women being cheated than from the other trades. Of course, every trade will have its “cowboys”.
Domestic plumbing also entails work that most DIY enthusiasts also don’t have much experience in. Where some will delight in putting cabinets together, or painting and decorating, not many will feel happy soldering conduits or playing around with fixing sewage lines.
So how can you be sure that you’re getting the right Plumber?
Finding the right Plumber
Usually the best route is a personal recommendation. This way you can at least doctor the Plumber beforehand and get enough information to make an informed decision.
Of course, if your conduits have leapt a trickle, or your bathroom is spewing its contents up, you do not have enough time to request information from for recommendations.
What to do in an Emergency?
In a domestic plumbing emergency the first port of call will probably be the internet or Yellow Pages. In the united kingdom you can go to the Chartered Institute of Domestic plumbing and Heating Engineering (IPHE). This is a charity whoever goal is to “improving the science, practice and engineering principles of plumbing”. There you will be able looking for registered Plumber s in your postcode area. These are Plumber s who have been vetted and who meet certain criteria. The next step will be to start making some phone calls.
Before you agree to anything it’s essential to find out the following:
How long they’ve been in operation and if they have driveway you can visit. A well-established Plumber is won’t disappear during the job).
Get some references.
Have they done similar work before.
Do they have insurance to cover your possessions (and that of your neighbours).
Do they guarantee their work. Is this insurance backed? That means that if they go out of business then you are still covered.
Is the Plumber a member of a professional trade body? If you have time, then contact the trade body in question and to check out that they are currently registered.
Of course, whether it’s an urgent situation then you do not be able to do all of the above. But it’s good to ask these questions anyway and you will get an idea of what kind of a Plumber he is.
How to Hire the right Plumber
Don’t fall into the trap of hiring the first Plumber that you called. Whether it’s an urgent situation, describe in more detail the problem and get a quote. Get quotes for three or four different Plumber s so that you can compare prices. They questions that you need to find out from them are:
What are their call-out charges?
What are their constant rates?
When do they start their rates? (some charge from the time that they leave their office)
How much Will a good Plumber Charge?
This will depend. There are no standard guidelines for how much a Plumber can charge. So it will be always best to get a detailed written quote on the work to be done and the cost of this, including materials.
Never pay 100% up-front of the price. You can be expected to pay a deposit, this is completely normal. The Plumber may have fittings and equipments that she has to buy. Make sure that the amount is reasonable.
Hiring a Plumber for Non-Emergency Jobs
Of course if you are refining their plans bathroom refit or thinking of installing central heating, then you have an overabundance time to request information from, get quotes, recommendations, check out previous work etc.
So what should you do to make sure that you hire the right Plumber for the job?
Get a written contract. This will will include a detailed description of the work involved, the price, start and finish dates. If the end date is important to you, then make this clear before it starts.
Get details of any guarantees. This is necessary both for the work he does and for the items he’s purchased.
Keep a work schedule as to how the work is accelerating. This doesn’t need to be detailed, but it can benefit in case there is a argument later on.
If you are Unhappy With the Work of a Plumber
In the event that you aren’t delighted by the work, then smartest thing is to take up the issue with the Plumber. Do this in a calm and easy manner. It’s best to put your criticism on paper, stating exactly what you feel was done properly. You can have some evidence from what you collected when the work was in progress. More often than not the Plumber will be happy to correct the issue. In these trades reputation is one of the most important aspects.