Choosing a Good Local Plumber
Any professional plumber should do plumbing as their full time work and hopefully have some kind of qualification or work based training scheme certificate to attest to their level of skill. Any good plumber should be adequately skilled to deal with routing plumbing tasks from your water supply to your heating system. This could include installation, maintenance or repair of a hot water boiler, or installation of a new shower system or even installing a water feature in your garden. Specialist plumbers can also be called upon for specific plumbing such as drainage or sewerage problems. What qualifications do you need to be a plumber?
At the bottom end of the plumbing scale there are no qualifications legally required. If a plumber is only offering basic maintenance work like clearing guttering or unblocking drains then these types of work are quite simple and require no skilled training. website As a result you can expect such jobs to also be on the lower end of the cost scale.
Most plumbers will have at least an NVQ level education in plumbing or some kind of Apprenticeship training program certificate. Many colleges and schools now offer NVQ and modern apprenticeship packages in plumbing and the industry is starting to shift to a more certified educational training scheme and away from the old school of “train on the job / learn by doing” attitude.
Any job involves any installation, repair or maintenance of gas supply requires that they be Gas Safe registered (previously CORGI). Any plumber that is Gas Safe registered will have a Gas Safe registration number which you can request to see, if you have any doubts about its authenticity you can easily check it over at the Gas Safe website. In order to become Gas Safe registered the plumber is required to pass a Certificate of Competence via the Gas Safe Accredited Certification Scheme. It is always worth checking any details of accreditation that a plumber supplies you with, most importantly check that they are up to date and relate to the person you are speaking to, its very easy to use outdated certification or to use someone else’s. If the accreditations all check out then you can rest assured the plumber you’re dealing with is professional.
How much should I expect to pay?
The majority of plumbers charge for a call out, this can be anything from £20-£80 depending on your location, the time of the call out and qualification of the plumber. On top of the call charge there will be an hourly rate which again can vary but would probably be in the region of £20-£45 per hour again dependent on various factors. Bear in mind parts will be charged in addition to this, depending on the plumber some parts might be included however others might well be looking to over charge you for simple things such as washers or nuts so don’t be afraid to ask. Where should I look for a good plumber?
By far the best bet is from recommendations, if you know someone that has used a plumber before ask how they felt they did, they might well tell you to steer clear of the one they used. Failing that the internet is a great place for people to share reviews, just Google your local town for plumbers and compare a few reviews. There are many websites out there for people to compare reviews of local tradespeople take a look at some of these and compare the reviews that local people have about the plumbers in your town.