Your home needs a safe and constant water and heating supply to get you and your family through the day – so if things aren’t working properly, call in a plumber.
It might be tempting to try and fix plumbing problems yourself but more often than not DIY plumbing results in wasted time, extra expense and possibly more damage than you started with. Of course hiring a plumber in Sunderland can be tricky, not to mention expensive. Fortunately, you can save all the futile effort of giving the problem a go yourself and follow this quick and easy guide to hiring a competent plumber.
The first and most important thing to remember when hiring a plumber is to check that they are fully qualified; this is the vital difference between them performing a competent, professional job and you giving it a try yourself. Most licensed plumbers will be able to present an NVQ and technical certificate on demand and if you are looking for the best in quality and reliability you can check that they are members of an association like the CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering). The CIPHE is a one hundred year old institution committed to maintaining high standards in the plumbing industry – although it should be noted that being affiliated with them is not a legal requirement for a working plumber. Nevertheless, any sort of professional plumber should be willing and able to:
- Deal with your central heating issues, such as installing or repairing new gas or electric boilers, fix leaks in or bleed your radiators, or insert or restore under-floor heating. If your problem regards your gasworks, make sure the plumber is Gas Safe registered before you sign a contract by checking their registration number online. What with Sunderland temperatures regularly dropping below freezing on cold winter nights, it’s important to get this checked as quick as possible.
- Fix up your bathroom; for example advise on the most suitable types of fittings and install sinks and washbasins, toilets, piping, showers, baths and taps, making sure everything is watertight and correctly sealed.
- Fit and maintain your exterior drainage and outdoor pipes and gulleys; connect your water system to the local mains supply; and remove and transport waste effluent to the main sewage system or septic tank.
Before you hire a professional plumber, however, there are a number of important things to consider that will help you find the most suitable contractor and get the best deal for your money:
- Although a lot’s been said about avoiding any risky DIY jobs, you should firstly think carefully about the nature of the problem and whether there is anything you can do in preparation for the arrival of a plumber, or even if you can sort it yourself; it will be more than embarrassing if you have to pay for a call out when all that was involved was a quick tightening of a screw of flick of a switch. If you feel confident enough with a plunger you should also be able to unblock any drains or plugholes without professional help.
- If you do have a leak or broken pipe, however, you should carefully check all similar fittings around the home so you can evaluate the extent and severity of the damage; that way you will be able to point everything out to the plumber straight away and reduce the time (and with it the cost) of the call-out, as well as reducing the possibility of expensive return trips.
- When thinking about costs, you should also double-check call-out prices, as well as potential evening, weekend and travel costs that may be added to your final bill.To avoid such expense you should think about hiring from your local Sunderland area.
- To keep under budget you should also make sure you compare at least three written quotes, and if possible get recommendations from friends and family members who may be able to suggest a dependable firm or contractor they’ve used in the past.
- Once you’re interested in a particular contractor don’t also be afraid to ask to see references, portfolio work, proof of their qualifications and insurance and their guarantee policy.
The cost of hiring a plumber in Birmingham will vary significantly depending on what sort of work you want done, but most professionals in the area will probably charge between £35-60 per hour for a call-out charge and then between £25-40 for any subsequent hours for follow-up work. Once you’ve chosen a contractor you should be well on your way to having your Birmingham home fixed up and ready for all your heating and water needs!