One of the main goals of our Quality Plumber Week campaign is to reduce numbers of rogue installers operating in the industry by always sticking to skilled tradespeople, who will complete work in your property to a high standard and for a fair price. Below we've listed some top tips that you can follow to ensure you hire a professional and reduce your chances of getting ripped off.
Look for a member of a plumbers' association
If you use an installer who belongs to a trade association (such as APHC) you'll be sure to have the job done by someone with minimum levels of qualifications and work experience, as all trade associations must check a tradesperson's claims to membership. It only takes a 2 minute phonecall to check an installer's credentials, so there really is no excuse not to do it. Trade associations should also be able to provide useful details of the types of work carried out by members in your area.
Consider word of mouth recommendations
Word of mouth recommendations can be a handy tool when searching for a truly quality plumber, especially if they've done work for a friend, family member or neighbour and you have the opportunity to take a look at the work undertaken by the contractor. Remember, recommendations shouldn't be considered on their own but rather should be looked at in conjunction with other methods of identifying a professional tradesman.
Is the plumbing company a good business?
Picking a contractor with a physical address will allow you to make contact before and after work has been undertaken. Any reputable company should be happy to provide this information, so if your contractor seems reluctant to do this it should set alarm bells ringing immediately. The same applies to being provided with a contact number which is essential, especially in case of emergencies.
Established time in business
Long established businesses are often more likely to stick around in the event of a problem, so always bear this in mind when choosing an installer.
Are they Gas Safe?
By law, work on gas systems and appliances must be undertaken by an organisation listed on the Gas Safe Register, so be sure to check your gas engineer's credentials before allowing them to commence any work in your home. With faulty gas appliances prone to emitting toxic carbon monoxide gas, that quick check could mean the difference between life and death.
To find an APHC member in your local area, simply search via our website at http://www.aphc.co.uk/find_an_installer.asp. If you're ever tempted to opt for the plumber with the cheapest quote or shortest waiting list remember that taking the time to find a truly Quality Plumber could save you a lot of time and money in the long run! Find out more about Quality Plumber Week and how you can get involved at http://www.aphc.co.uk/quality-plumber-week.asp.