How to Find the Best Plumber in South Queensferry
How do you find the best plumber for the job? This isn’t always an easy question to answer because it seems that in this trade there are more ‘cowboys’ than in the other trades like joinery, painting and decorating and building. We’ve all heard horror stories of calling out a plumber and he does nothing more than change a damaged washer and charge a fortune.
What also makes it more difficult in finding the right plumber is that very often we have to call on one when there is an emergency – for example burst pipes or the heating breaks down. This means that the options on getting a good plumber can be quite limited.
Plumbing work is also something that that most DIY enthusiasts don’t like tackling.
Queensferry.net has put together some good tips on finding the right plumber for the job.
So how can you be sure that you’re getting the right plumber?
Finding the Right Plumber
If possible, always get a personal recommendation. There’s nothing better than being able to get some first hand information on the type of plumber he is and how good his work is.
Of course, if you have a burst pipe, or your toilet is spewing all manner of nasties up then you probably won’t have too much time to ask around for recommendations.
Finding a Plumber in an Emergency?
If you have plumbing emergency then your first port of call, if you don’t already have a good plumber to call on, will probably be the internet or Yellow Pages. Check out the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (IPHE). They have a list of local plumber who have been checked out and meet their criteria for standard of work and of materials used. Their goal is to “improve the science, practice and engineering principles of plumbing”. Now you need to start making some phone calls.
It’s essential that before you agree to anything you find out the following:
- How long they have been a registered plumber?
- Do they have premises you can visit. (A well-established plumber is won’t disappear during the job).
- Ask for some references.
- Do they have experience in similar work before.
- Do they have insurance which will cover both your property and that of your neighbours.
- Is their work guaranteed? Is this backed by insurance?
- Does he belong to a professional trade body?
In an emergency, of course, it might not be possible to do all of the above. But at least if you ask these questions then the plumber is less likely to rip you off. You will also find out valuable information.
How to Hire the Right Plumber
Make sure that you call a few plumbers and get quotes from each of them. In order to do that you will need to describe in detail the problem. Quotes from three or four different plumbers will be helpful so that you can compare prices. If one seems very high, then you can always ask why this is so.
You also need to know this:
- Their call-out charges
- Their hourly rates
- When they start their rates (some charge you from the time that they leave their office, not when they start their work!)
How Much Will a Good Plumber Charge?
There is no standardised price that plumbers can charge. This is why it’s always best to get a specific written quote for the work to be undertaken – make sure this includes materials.
You can be expected to pay a deposit because the plumber may have items that he has to buy before he starts the job. However, never pay 100% up-front of the price.
Hiring a Plumber for Non-Emergency Jobs
If you have planned work – like refitting a bathroom refit or installing central heating, then you have more time. So ask around your friends and neighbours and take the time to check out previous work.
So what should you do to make sure that you hire the right plumber for the job?
- Get a contract in writing. Include a description of all the work to be done, price and starting and finishing dates. Make it clear from the start if the finishing date is important.
- Get details of any guarantees. This is needed for the work he does and for the items he has purchased (fixtures and fittings, boilers etc).
- Keep a record of how the work progresses. This can help in case there is a dispute later on.
If You are Unhappy With the Work of a Plumber
If you aren’t satisfied with the work, or it hasn’t been done to the standard you require, then you should take up probem with the plumber. It’s always best to put this writing and state exactly what you feel wasn’t done properly. You can use note from the above points to explain to him why you feel this way. Usually the plumber will be more than happy to sort out the problem. In these trades reputation is one of the most important aspects.
If the plumber is a member of a trade organisation, then you can take the matter up with them in the event that you can’t come to a mutual agreement. They will act as an intermediary to help to resolve the problem. Be willing to provide all records that you have of start and finish dates, costs, and contracts. Also some photos will be helpful.
Getting the Right Plumber
It is possible to find the right plumber for the job. Unfortunately in the trade there is a lack of skilled tradesmen and this has left the way open for unscrupulous plumbers to operate. However, if you follow these guidelines to find the right plumber then you can almost be sure that you will avoid many headaches.
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