A personalised recommendation is usually the best route. This way at least you can vet the plumber in advance and get enough information to make an informed decision.
If your pipes have leaked, of course, or your toilet is spraying up its contents, you may not have much time to ask for recommendations. Read more about Plumbers.
The Internet or Yellow Pages will probably be the first port of call in a plumbing emergency. You can go to the Chartered Plumbing and Heating Engineering Institute (IPHE). This is a charity which aims to “improve the plumbing principles of science, practise and engineering.” There you’ll be able to search your postcode area for registered plumbers. These are plumbers who have been vetted and fulfil some criteria. The next step is to start making some calls by phone.
It’s essential to find out the following before you agree to anything:
How long they’ve been in business and when you can visit them if they have premises. During the work a well-established plumber won’t disappear).
Get some benchmarks.
Previously they had done similar work.
Do they have insurance covering your (and your neighbours’) property?
Are they guaranteeing their work? Is this backed up insurance? That means you are still covered if they go out of business.
Is the plumber a member of a professional body of commerce? If you have time then please contact the relevant trading body and check that they are currently registered.
Naturally, if this is an emergency then you may not be able to do all of the above. But anyway, it’s good to ask these questions and you’ll get an idea of what kind of a plumber he is.
How to hire the Plumber Right
Don’t get into the trap of hiring the first plumber you were calling. If this is an emergency, describe the problem in detail, and get a quote. Get quotes for three or four different plumbers so the prices can be compared.
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