As I’m sure you all now know, I move house a lot. In fact, even since starting this blog I have probably moved house more times than the average person does in a lifetime. (I’m not actually sure if that’s true or what that figure is. Feel free to look it up and probably correct me.) Moving house as often as I have, I’ve becoming pretty good at the whole procedure.
I can even plumb in my own washing machine, which probably sounds more impressive than it actually is.
Don’t think I’m some kind of plumbing genius though. A lot of the time I do mess things up and make really silly mistakes, like accidentally scraping the sealant away from my plug hole thinking it was grime. (Yes, really.) My general haphazardness means I do have to get a real plumber out once in a while. Living in a lot of houses, I’ve discovered that sometimes plumbers can be hit and miss if you don’t do your research properly. Please learn from my mistakes and follow my top tips on how to find a great plumber.
Don’t give them more work than necessary
This isn’t really a tip for finding a plumber, but more one for BEFORE you find a plumber. In my experience, I’ve learnt not to try and do a job yourself unless you are 100% confident. If you mess something up, it could mean more work for the plumber and therefore more money down the drain, (pun intended), for you.
Don’t just google it
A common mistake to make would be to just google ‘Bradford plumbers‘ or whatever area you happen to live in, and pick the top answer. Take the time to really look through all of your options. Even asking friends or asking on social media could mean the difference between a great job and a rubbish one.
Check their credentials
As I don’t know much about plumbers, I would usually be drawn in by great discounts or a fancy website. However, it’s really important that the plumber you’re getting is a top quality one, so make sure you check that they are certified and accredited before booking and that they have all the right credentials.
What guarantees do they have?
It’s all very well and good for your problem to be fixed when they leave your house, but for peace of mind, go with a plumber with a good guarantee on their work. Eco-Energy for example offer a 7 year parts and labour warranty, which is really reassuring, seeing as I’ve never even lived in a house that long anyway. Even if something does go wrong again, you’ll be able to have it put right straight away.
Have you had any DIY plumbing disasters?