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?

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