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?


  1. Really important stuff here - before taking on any project however big or seemingly small it's important to remember that everything interconnects in different ways and you could be doing more harm than good without the proper training. That being said, if you're still set against getting a professional in, you can always check out a forum and speak to someone who has undertaken a similar project first!

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