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How to Find a Local Plumber

Sometimes, things go wrong in our homes, and it can seem like an absolute nightmare trying to get them sorted. If your plumbing is ever acting up, you may find yourself having to hire a plumber, but which plumber is best for the job? And how do you find them? 

Don’t panic, here are just a few methods you can use to find the best person for the job, without breaking the bank.

Read on to find out!

Ask Around:

If you’re looking for a trustworthy plumber within your local area, then it is well worth asking around amongst those you know in the area. Ask family and friends about positive experiences they have had with local plumbers, they should be more than happy to put you in contact with them. 

As well as this, if you have previously had other work done to your home by other tradespeople, then it may be worth contacting them and asking if they can refer you to any trustworthy plumbers. Chances are, they usually can!

Trade Websites:

There are a number of highly reputable trade websites across the internet which can easily get you in contact with the appropriate tradesperson for your query. These websites are fully moderated and curated by both users and industry professionals, who are able to certify local contractors, such as plumbers.

Searching for your local area will yield a number of results near to your location, alongside contact numbers, prior client experiences, and even extensive qualifications, so that you can make a fully informed decision regarding who is best for the job!

Search Through Directories:

Browse through local phone directories, which can now usually be found online, to see if there are any appropriate local businesses listed there. This can be a great way to find a local plumber, as you will be brought right into contact with them, and you can then discuss your issues, and what the plumber can offer you, alongside any costs there may be.

Check with Your Insurer:

If you are covered under an appropriate insurance plan, which protects against plumbing issues, you should make a point to contact your insurance provider, as they may be in contact with a preferred plumber that can cover your area, and who can deal with the situation appropriately and at low cost. 

Check With Your Landlord Or Estate Agent:

If you live in a rented property, then your best course of action is to get in contact with either your landlord or your estate agent. Normally, they will have their own preferred plumber for any plumbing issues within your property, and they can easily get you in contact with them. 

In some cases, depending on why you need the plumber to attend to an issue, your estate agent or landlord may be willing to foot the cost.

Check Your Local Area:

Around your local area, there may be a number of advertisements for plumbing services dotted around, on billboards, walls, lamp posts, or even on the sides of vans. These advertisements will usually have a contact number, so drop them a line, and most would be willing to answer any questions you may have.

As well as this, you should check to see if your local area has an accessible bulletin board, as many local businesses, products and events are advertised in these spaces. You may also wish to post an ad requesting plumbing help onto your local bulletin board, so that local plumbers can contact you. 

If there are any diy stores in your local area, it may also be worth popping in, and asking around to find out if there are any trustworthy plumbers in the local area. Those working in these stores may have a good knowledge of plumbing products, so may be able to offer a very valuable opinion.

Do Plumbers Provide Free Estimates?

Generally, it is best practice to have a plumber visit your property to ascertain what needs doing, so that they can draw up an estimated cost for the job. This is so that prices can be judged fairly between the plumber and the client. 

Generally, you should be wary of plumbers who provide you with a value for the service over the phone, before they have seen the extent of any damage, as you may not be getting value for your money, and they may try to charge you even more upon completion.

Why Are Plumbers So Expensive?

Plumbers are usually well trained, due to the highly specific nature of their work. Their work is also very labour intensive and may carry some amount of risk of harm. Plumbers also have to travel from contract to contract, while carrying all tools and equipment, which can significantly ramp up costs. 

This is usually why plumbers can cost quite a bit more than expected, but keep in mind that you are receiving a premium service from a well-trained professional, so it is normally worth every penny.

Do You Pay Plumbers Up Front?

Usually, no. Most plumbers will accept payment once the job is done. Occasionally, some plumbers may implement payment instalments, especially if a job is particularly complex and may take multiple days. 

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