Choosing a plumber
When it comes to hiring a plumber, you demand the best.
This means that you need to look out for a number of necessary qualities that they have to offer in order to do the job you require.
What qualifications should a plumber have?
Most plumbers will have taken a four-year plumbing apprenticeship so that they are fully qualified and capable of fixing all plumbing problems.
Each different tradesman will generally have at least five years experience, which they gain either through the ranks or through working for various specialist companies.
What should I ask a plumber?
This can vary, depending on the nature of the job you need doing. Some questions may include:
- Are they licensed?
- How are they paid?
- Are they insured?
- Are they experienced in this field?
You can also enquire about the price.
It is often hard to give an exact price, but they will be able to give you a more accurate estimation for common jobs such as unblocking drains and toilets.
Do you have to pay plumbers upfront?
Generally speaking, a professional plumber should not ask for money upfront, that includes a deposit.
All good, certified plumbing companies will have the costs sorted out before the job starts and should have enough to pay for tools etc. without having to ask you for money.
How much should I pay a plumber?
A standard hourly rate is the most commonly used way of working out costs.
Rates for plumbers depends on a number of factors including:
- ease of the job
- if appliances or extra tools are needed
- if it is an emergency
Your standard rate for plumbing will generally be between £30 and £70 if it is a straight forward job.
You should always enquire with a company or check their previous work before hiring.
Do all plumbers charge for estimates?
Most professional plumbing companies will offer a free estimate.
Often free estimates are done over the phone, meaning the price could change drastically once the workers know the job they are dealing with and the tools/appliances they need.
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