As we enter autumn and start to switch on our central heating systems, we at the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) are calling for everyone to celebrate the important role that plumbing and heating engineers play in keeping people healthy and safe.
Quality Plumber Week 2017, which runs between 2-8 October, aims to stress the importance of using properly qualified, trained and accredited plumbers in a bid to reduce the numbers of rogue traders operating in the industry.
We're encouraging homeowners to always check that their plumber or heating engineer has the relevant professional qualifications and accreditations for the work being carried out.
To help avoid being a victim of sub-standard work, we advise any person planning on having any form of plumbing and heating work done, whether a boiler service, bathroom installation or smaller plumbing and heating work, to following some simple steps. 1. Seek advice from a member of a professional membership organisation; 2. To obtain at least three written quotes for the work; 3. Speak to previous customers about their experience; 4. Agree all costs before starting, preferably with a works contract in place; and 4. Never pay for the entire job upfront.
John Thompson, our CEO has gone on record saying: "Quality Plumber Week aims to unite the plumbing and heating industry in order to showcase the important work that we do in keeping society healthy, warm and safe. The week also aims to raise awareness to homeowners that there are many highly qualified professionals out there who are proud of their trade and the work they do each day. A welcome change from the negative press that the industry quite often receives when we hear about another plumbing horror story.
"I hope that everyone will come together to celebrate our industry and help raise the awareness amongst consumers of the many highly qualified and proficient professionals that we have in our industry."
For more information on Quality Plumber Week and to learn how you can get involved visit www.aphc.co.uk/quality-plumber-week. You can also join the conversation and thank your plumber on social media at #QPW17.
To find a local quality plumber visit www.findaqualityplumber.co.uk.
More advice and free consumer focused plumbing and heating guides can be sourced at www.aphc.co.uk/home_owner_advice_guides.asp