Friday, 26 May 2017

Don’t let a DIY plumbing project washout your bank holiday

Given the current weather, it might be safe to assume that the majority of the country is in for a warm and sunny Bank Holiday.   However, with insurance companies claiming that water damage claims almost double over a Bank Holiday, don’t let a plumbing DIY project turn your Bank Holiday into a washout.

As this blog has touched on previously, before attempting a plumbing project, stop, think and ask yourself whether you might be best calling in a professional as it’s all too easy to drill into a hidden pipe or flood your bathroom whilst fitting a new tap. 

Accidental water leakage tops the list of home insurance claims, with a 42 per cent increase over the Bank Holiday, according to home insurer Zurich.  With average repairs nearly hitting the £3,000 mark, a DIY project just may end up costing you much more than you had bargained for.

If you’re tackling a DIY job this Bank Holiday, it might be pertinent to get professional advice first.  This can save damage, disruption or even a potential injury.

In reality, doing a plumbing job yourself will be cheaper than calling in a professional, but it is important to know where to draw the line. 

You can find a local qualified plumbing and heating company who are members of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) at

Being a member of APHC distinguishes professional businesses from the rogue traders.  As a consumer, using an APHC member gives you reassurance as their work is guaranteed by APHC - the leading trade body for plumbing and heating contractors in England and Wales.  

Did you know that 87% of consumers would instruct an APHC member over a plumbing and heating contractor who wasn’t a member?

Friday, 5 May 2017

Let’s remember the important role that plumbing plays in hand hygiene

World Hand Hygiene Day, marked globally on May 5, is led by the World Health Organisation and highlights the importance of hand hygiene in health care.  However, World Hand Hygiene Day plays an important role in highlighting how everyone can help make proper hand hygiene an everyday practice to reduce the spread of infections and therefore save the lives of millions.

Hands are one of the easiest ways for bacteria to travel from person to person, with estimates suggesting that 80 per cent of infectious diseases are spread by touch.  Consequently hand hygiene plays an enormous role in reducing the spread of dangerous bacteria.

World Hand Hygiene Day is important as there appears to be a global lack of awareness in the dangers of not handwashing, as according to the World Health Organisation a million deaths per year could be prevented if everyone practiced proper hand hygiene.

Let's not forget the vital role that the plumbing industry plays in protecting public health. Plumbers and plumbing work are vital for global health including frontline health workers. The ability of plumbing and sanitation systems to deliver clean water and remove waste has protected people from communicable disease throughout history. The plumbing profession protects and extends lives and is an essential support industry for the health care sector.

If you need to find a local qualified and reputable plumber, you can use our search facility at The online database allows you to search via a number of criteria including postcode, town or by specific business name.

As well as offering high levels of customer service and workmanship as standard, APHC members are fully vetted with their work checked annually to uphold high standards of workmanship. Read more about the benefits of using an APHC member at