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Do you need a plumbing repair, new radiators, sinks or central heating installation? Maybe its kitchens, bathrooms, toilets, drainage or sewers or showers, or central heating, gas and boiler problems. Finding a good local plumber is not easy. How do you know if they're any good? Will they be reliable? Will they guarantee their work? Do you have any names of plumbing contractors in the first place? That's where Top Tradespeople comes in. We can provide you with up to 4 quotes for services from local plumbers near you. Compare several quotes from contractors in our UK wide network.
Use the form above. Tell us about your needs - choose 'plumbers' followed by the service you need to find people for. Our system matches up to 4 local registered services who cover your area and provide the work needed (e.g. radiators, leaking taps). You're not obligated to take any of the services up on their offers in their estimates provided. You can simply consider quotes and if you do choose one then hire them to undertake the project. Once the work is carried out come back to review and feedback on services received.
Always ask plumbing contractors for testimonials, ratings and reviews from past customers of their business. Most good plumbing service providers or trade professionals who carry out domestic or commercial plumbing projects will have good reviews. Go online and search for past reviews. Check them out.
Ask if local plumbers quoting have public liability insurance if your home gets damaged? What plumbing and heating trades associations are they members of? Check building control regarding the latest legislation to be sure contractors have necessary qualifications, certification and accreditations. What guarantees do they give? Remember qualifications and certifications will vary from trade to trade and are project dependant. This is highly relevant for the plumbing trade. There are few jobs which you would not want to hire a qualified plumber for when it comes to work of this type.
Good local plumbers travel for the right projects.
Ask for examples of past plumbing work. Many plumbing contractors have photographs of work and some will be able to show their work on their company website. Check them out. If they have a bathroom showroom, workshop or offices, visit if needed.
Even those of us who are keen DIY enthusiasts draw the line and plumbing and electrics.
Working with water can be messy and tricky, and if you’re not sure what you’re doing, there is every chance of you flooding the house.
Far better to get in the professionals and have any repairs or installation done to a high standard.
But what should you expect to be paying a plumber for common jobs around the house?
If you have a rough idea of what you can expect to pay, then you are in a better position to know whether the plumber’s quote is reasonable and the general cost of hiring a plumber.
Calling out a plumber is going to be far more expensive at 2am on a Saturday than it is during regular office hours.
Many plumber charge a “first hour” rate which covers their rate for attending the job, and staying for an hour.
Any subsequent hours are charged at a lesser rate, and on top you will be expected to pay for labour and VAT on top. “First Hour” rates are typically around £60 to £80 during normal working hours, £80 to £100 on weekday evenings and as much as £120 to £140 at weekends.
This emergency charge can add considerably to the cost of an emergency job so think whether or not there is something you can do to alleviate the problem until the morning, for example by switching the water off at the mains or putting buckets under the drip.
Hanging on for a few hours could save you considerably.
If you do have to call out a plumber in an emergency, ask them about their charges over the phone before you agree so go ahead so that they do not come as a nasty surprise when the plumber presents you with his bill after the job is complete.
Call out charges do not generally apply when you have pre-arranged for a plumber to come in and install a bath or replace a sink.
If you are getting a plumber in for a non-emergency job such as swapping over a sink or fitting a new shower, you are in a stronger position as a customer.
You have the luxury of being able to shop around and look for the plumber who is offering both the best rates and the most reliable service.
It’s still wise though to have a rough idea of what plumbers charge for standard plumbing jobs, and how long you can expect the job to take.
For example, the cost for a plumber to supply and fit a new kitchen tap to replace one which is dripping will cost around £120, assuming you haven’t chosen a top end, designer tap.
It will cost around £100 to have a new basin installed in your bathroom if you supply the basin, and £120 for the toilet.
Minor jobs like fixing a dripping tap will cost around £50.
Always confirm the price you are being charged up before agreeing to the plumber coming in.
When you’re spending larger sums of money to have your whole bathroom replaced or to create a wet room, it’s more important than ever to make sure you know what the project is likely to cost.
Replacing a three piece bathroom suite, like for like, in a standard three bedroom house will set you back anything between £400 and £500, but this sum will be increased considerably if you are configuring the room at the same time and additional pipework needs to be laid, or if you are adding in extras such as an additional shower or top of the range taps.
Very big plumbing jobs, such as fitting a combi boiler for central heating and all the radiators which are needed can cost £5,000 or even more.
If your plumbing work involves work on your gas boiler, you’ll have to make sure you have a fully qualified Gas Safe fitter to work on the job.
The overwhelming majority of plumbers and other tradespeople are trustworthy and reliable, and will complete work to a high standard, but a tiny minority of cowboys throws the whole industry into disrepute.
Firstly, ask around for recommendations from neighbours or friends when you’re looking for a plumber rather than picking a name at random from the internet or phone book.
Then, when you are trying to arrange for work to be done, always ask for at least three quotes from different companies to enable you to make an effective comparison.
It might be worth doing a quick internet search to see if anyone has left reviews about your chosen plumber too, or ask the plumber themselves to provide references.
It can be tempting these days to communicate with your plumber using your mobile to call and text, but this can backfire on you as there is no real paper trail about what was agreed and when.
Always ask for quotes to be submitted in writing through the post or by email, and put your acceptance of any quote into writing too.
If you have called out the plumber in the middle of the night in an emergency, they will understand that you’ve not always got cash on hand to pay for the work.
Many will carry hand held terminals to take card payments, and all will accept a cheque.
Some may even leave you with an invoice and expect to be settled as soon as possible.
For larger jobs, a plumber may ask for 10% of the money up front to allow him to buy materials or other equipment he will need, with the balance to be paid when the job is complete.
That’s all very standard practice, just make sure you get a receipt if you are paying in cash.
No reputable plumber will ask you to pay for all of the work before it commences though.
Like many other tradespeople, plumbers have different qualifications they can achieve like NVQs.
Some qualifications will be more relevant to the job you need doing than others.
For example, having Gas Safe Registration will not count if you need blocked drains clearing but it will be essential if you need a gas fire installing.
Don’t necessarily pay for a plumber who is highly qualified for things other than for the job you need doing.
You will also need to consider the experience a plumber has.
Plumbers who have been in trade for a long period of time can be a strong indicator of reliability in terms of being on time and doing a good job, and of course their years of experience will help.
Many plumbers are members of plumbing trade associations, such as The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC).
Plumbers who are members of these trade bodies may have insurance, giving you peace of mind that if anything goes wrong you will not have to foot the bill.
These trade bodies often provide a point of contact should there be a need to complain about the plumbers work, as membership for the contractor may require that they deal with complaints and issues in a timely and professional manner.
Please note: there are some excellent tradesmen out there who may not be members of these types of organisations.
Bathroom installations, Showers and shower pumps, Plumbing property maintenance, Drains and sewerage work, Kitchen, bathroom and wc plumbing, Radiators, Central heating systems, Boiler installations or boiler servicing, Blocked sinks, toilets, drains, Burst pipes and leaks, Water tank, Toilet cisterns, Leaking taps, Washing machines fitted, Drains and drainage jetting, Electric showers fitted and repaired, Dishwater installation, Water feature installation, Outside taps fitting
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To prevent problems with blocked sinks in your kitchen you should always avoid pouring fat or grease down the plug hole. Whilst liquid when fat, oil or grease goes down the sink, many people forget that over time these fats solidify and can cause major blockages to your sink. This problem can be compounded when other kitchen waste builds up behind the blockage often presenting a major problem and un-necessary plumbing costs.
Always dispose of kitchen fats and grease in the rubbish bin (in a closed container) rather than down the kitchen sink - unless you want to pay for a plumber to fix your blocked sink.