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Your plumbing is an absolutely vital part of your property: it heats your home, gives you water and helps you keep everything clean. As such, it is crucial to keep your plumbing in good condition, and the best Pro for the job will be a well qualified plumber.
Finding the best plumber for your job is quick and easy with Plentific. The Plentific website can instantly generate a bespoke contact list of the best plumbers in your local area, each of which will have a Plentific profile displaying their qualifications, past projects and customer reviews. You can even gain added protection for your plumbing job by hiring a ‘verified’ Pro. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about general plumbing services?
‘General plumbing’ can refer to a number of different services. A plumber might be called in to repair a leaky tap, install a new bathroom suite or even to fix a burst water main! Having said that, there are times when a plumber may not be the best choice for you. For example, while a plumber can do work on a boiler, your best option for such a job will usually be a registered gas and heating engineer. Describe your job in as much detail as possible to your potential hires, and make sure that they provide the services that you actually need.
A plumber’s work is important, and you will want to be sure that your final hire is fully qualified. An industry-recognised qualification is legally required to run a plumbing business, such as a plumbing NVQ, apprenticeship or college course. Your choice may also have gotten their training as part of a company scheme. In any case, always be sure to ask for a candidate’s specific qualifications.
However, qualifications are not everything! Another important thing to do when hiring a plumber is to check their customer reviews. Do they do a good job? Are they professional to work with? Ideally, they will also have pictures of past projects to show you, and several years of proven experience. It is also worth checking that they have done jobs similar to yours in the past, as a plumber may choose to specialise in certain services.
A particularly good way of checking a plumber’s quality is to see if they belong to a national trade organisation, such as the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC). Groups like this have extremely high entry standards for quality of work and professionalism, and will scrutinise members to make sure these standards are maintained. Having said that, you should make sure to actually check with organisations like this that a candidate who claims they are a member is telling the truth!
Finally, before hiring a plumber it is important to make sure that they have adequate insurance. This should include active Public Liability Insurance (PLI), as well as a warranty for their work.