How to Find a Local Plumber in Solihull

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We’ve all heard the horror stories about a cowboy plumber that spends 10 minutes replacing a tap and the next 45 minutes texting his girlfriend before handing over an invoice charging well over the odds before riding off into the sunset like John Wayne.

By no means are all plumbers cowboys. In fact its fair to say that the majority of plumbers most definitely aren’t. But you know the saying…one bad apple in the cart. It really doesn’t take much to tarnish the reputation of the entire plumbing industry.

If you want know how to find a good plumbing service then read the following guide to finding a reputable plumber.

Follow these steps

1. Recommendations and referrals
2. Make sure that their plumbers are registered and properly licensed
3. Check how long they have been in business
4. Make sure they are well insured
5. Ask about guarantees
1. Recommendations and referrals
Ask friends, family members and neighbors for recommendations to see if they have any suggestions on a good local plumber. You’ll be surprised at just how often a plumber is required so someone might be able to offer up a name or telephone number that you can call. If you’ve had a good experience with another company or tradesman in the past ask them if they can recommend anyone.

Referrals are the best way to find a reputable and trustworthy plumber to use. It’s much better than using opening the yellow pages and choosing a plumber at random. But not everyone knows someone that can recommend a reputable plumbing service so you may have to find one for yourself. If you can’t find anyone that can offer a recommendation you’ll probably need to find some time to do a little research in order to safeguard yourself – providing your plumbing emergency hasn’t left you wading through a flooded kitchen that needs fixing fast.

“The internet is the perfect resource for finding information that can help you find a qualified and professional local plumber with a good reputation” says  Henry Row from A1 Water . Your first port of call should be a visit the plumber or plumbing company website to find out more about them and the type of plumbing and heating services they offer.

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2. Make sure that the plumber is registered
Depending on the type of work that’s being carried out your plumber should be a registered with certain organisations such as CIPHE, Gas Safe Register.

These bodies ensure that members are competent and properly trained with the necessary skills and commitment to high standards so that they can perform the type of work your are employing them for.

Approved trader schemes
It’s essential to do a little research when it comes to confirming if the logo’s you are seeing on a plumbing company website are actually legitimate. Anyone can claim to be approved or qualified but it’s not sensible to simply take their word for it. Investigate a little further and find out if your plumber is being honest. A reputable plumbing company should provide you with links on their website to lead to their listing page on the schemes website. If they don’t then contact the trade body to find out if they are being honest and that they are really registered.

TrustMark is a not-for-profit organisation thats backed by the UK government. According to the trust mark website “the best way to protect yourself from rogue traders and cowboy builders is to use a Trustmark registered firm.” TrustMark registered firms are checked and monitored against recognised British, international or industry standards. Companies that display the TrustMark logo are subject to regular on-site inspections to ensure that technical skills are at the required level. The company also has to be financially sound and their financial position is checked when they first join the scheme. As a TrustMark registered company we work to a code of practice to give you greater confidence and protection.

3. Check how long they have been in business
It’s always a good idea to check how long the company has been around. It’s fair to say that reputable companies tend to stick around whereas disreputable firms are more likely to fade away.

It’s also a good idea to find out if they have a premises. This can be a good indication that they are less likely to go AWOL part way through a job.

4. Make sure they are well insured
Always ask about insurance and how it affects the type of work that the company will be carrying out in your property. It’s important that your chosen plumber carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages.

5. Ask about guarantees
Find out about the guarantees that are offered. Plumbers with belief in their own performance tend to offer guarantees.

We offer a 12 month guarantee on the work that we do and parts that we replace. Additionally, we are fully insured up to the value of £10 million.