Finding the right plumber in a day and age where so many are available to choose from in your local area can be a particularly daunting task – and while it has been reported that there may even be a shortage of genuinely skilled professionals that are able to offer you the plumbing support, expertise and solutions you are looking for, this only means that there may be an extensive number of tradesmen available who may not necessarily give you the best quality service for your money. After all, we’ve all heard of the horror stories surrounding cowboy tradesmen and plumbers alike – with some so-called professionals offering cheap, low-quality solutions that are likely to provide little support long-term – resulting in a higher cost and further hassle for you.
However, there are genuinely talented and dependable plumbing professionals available up and down the country who may be suffering from bad press associated with low-quality work completed by less honest tradesmen – and, from the point of view of the homeowner, it is therefore important to ensure that a number of boxes are ticked before the right plumber is chosen. However, this may not be as easy as you would first assume.
Finding a plumber
Finding a plumber is often a task that springs up when you least expect it to – as an emergency call out for plumbing support is more often than not required when pipes are leaking, a toilet is blocked or when flooding has occurred or may be getting worse – and, under such circumstances, the quick fix is often to find a local plumber quickly rather than carefully in an effort to have problems remedied as soon as possible. This, unfortunately, is where many homeowners are making a crucial mistake – while getting a plumber out in an emergency requires essential action, it must be advised that it is not necessarily the best way of finding the right professional for the job.
What to think about when picking a plumber
Finding a professional plumber that can be depended upon to provide a long-lasting and efficient solution in a crisis is, thankfully, fairly simple – as there are a number of factors that you should bear in mind about any professional you are considering hiring. If you have time available, scanning the Institute of Plumbing’s website will help you find a registered professional to attend to any water-related problems your home may be experiencing – the Institute is a charity that has been set up to help relay the principles of plumbing to a world of potential customers. If time is not of the essence, it is important to consider a few points when calling a professional from your local area:
- What work have they completed in the past? Can they provide references or evidence of quality work?
- Does their work come with a guarantee or backed by insurance?
- Are they a member of a trade organisation that requires a code of practice, and can this be proven?
- How long have they been in business?
- Do they have fixed premises or any further information available?
When it comes to taking the plunge with a local plumber, it’s essentially a good idea to enquire about their expertise and if they are insured or backed by a trade organisation. This way, you can at least be assured of a job that is overseen by a code of conduct and that the tradesperson in question is reputable.
In addition to this, the final and most important point to consider when looking for a reliable and local plumber is to gather quotes if you have time available – this way, you can safely weigh up your options without having to risk your money on one plumber alone. If you can compare and contrast prices, expertise and references, it’s likely you will find a competent and professional plumber in no time at all.