What do Plumbers do?
Plumbers install, repair, and service almost anything relating to plumbing equipment, such as water- and gas piping, fixtures, central-heating systems, drinking-water systems, and waste-disposal systems like toilets.
There are usually two types of occasions when you may need to hire a Plumber: for general maintenance and in case of emergencies (in which case their rates might be a bit higher than usual).
The general services offered by a Plumber might include:
· Setting up and servicing water supplies, heating systems, and drainage
· Finding faults in equipment and repairing them
· Installing and fixing home appliances such as showers, cookers, gas fires, and washing machines
· Servicing air-conditioning and ventilation units
· Attending emergency call-outs to fix leaks
· Fixing weather-proof materials to roofs, chimneys and walls
· Using hand- and power tools, including welding equipment.
A lot of avid DIYers have no trouble performing a basic task like changing a tap washer or reading a meter. However, when it comes to more complex jobs, the level of skill and experience usually extend far beyond what the average homeowner possesses.
In these cases, it is usually best to leave anything vital or complex to a professional Plumber. Not only to avoid serious and potentially costly damages to your house’s plumbing system, but also to avoid breaking the law (if your work is not up to scratch). Anyone who modifies a plumbing system, connected to the water supply, is subject to the same regulations and standards as a professional Plumber. Failing to comply, and getting caught, could mean facing prosecution and monetary fines.
Remember that a professional Plumber comes with years of experience and know-how which enables him or her to fix a problem far quicker than the most skilled DIYer. This ensures invaluable peace of mind for you, the client. And bear in mind that a plumbing job may require specialist tools or knowledge that you do not have access to.
Another great advantage of using a professional Plumber as opposed to DIYing it on your own is this: you will have someone to go back to if anything should go wrong. When you consider the cost of replacing an entire central heating system, for example, this becomes a major advantage.
· Choose someone who gets the basics right, like changing a tap washer
· Opt for a Plumber with heaps of specific experience
· Check online for any reviews to discover more about the professional’s reputation in the industry
· Check qualifications – recently qualified plumbers will have a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). It is widely recommended that they have a Level 2 NVQ as a minimum, with a Level 3 being an advantage.The easiest way to ensure that your Plumber is adequately qualified and up-to-date with relevant advances is to use a Plumber who is a member of the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (IPHE). All members are vetted to ensure that their qualifications and work experience are adequate.
· Ask the Plumber about the method they plan to use before hiring them
· Obtain a detailed quote from each candidate you are considering
· Scrutinise any guarantee that they offer you
· Discuss materials before any work starts
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How long is a piece of string? There is no final answer to this question! Thus, there is no standard hourly or job-specific rate when dealing with Plumbers.
The costs of working with a professional Plumber will often be split into three components:
· Call-out fee
· Hourly rate thereafter
· Cost of replacement parts.
Some Plumbers will charge a job fee, which might work out to be a better value. With an hourly rate there, there isn’t usually an incentive for them to finish the job quickly.
Also bear in mind that location plays a huge role in pricing, as does the Plumber’s own overheads (such as hiring tools or ordering parts), and the urgency of the job.
In the UK, a typical hourly rate is £40 for the first hour and £30 for subsequent hours, though this will vary considerably from job to job. Usually, London and the South East are the most expensive areas in the UK.