How to Choose the Best Local Plumbing Company Near You

In News by Martina

Nothing throws a household into panic quite like a plumbing emergency. Whether waste water is suddenly backing up out of your toilet or your boiler is making noises, it’s important to have a reliable and experienced plumber on hand when things go wrong. Unfortunately, there are bad apples in every industry and the plumbing trade is no exception. You’d be surprised to learn just how many homeowners don’t actually check the credentials of a plumber before hiring them to carry out work on their property.

Finding the right plumber isn’t always easy. Failure to find a reliable plumber can result in costly repairs or damage your home, which is why it’s important to ensure you find a qualified and trustworthy professional.

To help you with your search, we’ve put together our top tips for finding a plumber you can rely on. From making sure the plumber you choose is qualified and registered to checking how long they have been in the business, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure you choose the best plumber for the job.

1. Ask around for recommendations and referrals

The best type of recommendation is word of mouth. Before you begin your search for the right plumber, ask friends, family members and neighbours if they have any recommendations. There’s a high chance someone you trust will be able to recommend a plumber they have used before.

If you’re short of recommendations, the internet can be a useful tool for finding local reliable plumbers in your area. A simple search will produce a number of plumbers in your area; however, you should never just choose a plumber at random – instead, it’s important to do some research beforehand.

2. Check customer reviews and testimonials

With the above in mind, you should always take the time to read online reviews and testimonials. If you notice several bad reviews or the plumbing company appears to have a bad reputation, it’s best to steer clear and take your business elsewhere. Remember, you’re trusting these people to come into your home and carry out repairs and therefore you must trust them.

3. Make sure the plumber is registered

It’s important to ensure the plumber you choose is registered with the appropriate organisations and associations. Keep an eye out for plumbers who are listed on trade association websites or who display the trade association logos on their website.

Make sure the plumber is on the Gas Safe Register. This is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. In order to legally carry out work on your boiler, a professional must be on this register. Other trade associations who cover plumbers include Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) and Chartered Institution of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

APHC works with the government, local councils and trade unions to ensure their members meet specific standards. CIPHE has over 12,000 members and aims to raise standards across the industry.

Don’t be afraid to ask to see certificates or qualifications if you have any doubts. A reputable company will be more than happy to provide you with evidence and answer any concerns you may have. You should also always ask about a plumbing company’s insurance before you agree to work with them. Make sure you find out how the insurance affects the type of work the company will be carrying out on your property.

4. Choose an established plumbing company

While it’s good to support startup companies, when it comes to your plumbing, it’s always best to choose a company that has been in the industry for a long time. This ensures their plumbers are experienced, qualified and known in the industry. Reputable and reliable companies are far more likely to stick around and survive than ones with poor reputations.

5. Gather quotes

It is recommended to gather quotes from at least three different plumbers before you settle for one. Ask for a detailed quote of the work you want done, covering the call out charge, the cost of parts that may be required, rubbish clearance rates and any additional charges.

Never automatically assume the cheapest is the best deal. If a plumber gives you a surprisingly or unrealistically low quote, this could be an indication they’re cutting corners. Whether it’s cheap parts or materials or a lack of experience, you should avoid plumbers who give extremely low quotes. Never opt for plumbers who offer to give you a discount if you pay in cash – this is a sign they’re not legitimate.

A reliable trader will clearly set out an understanding of the customer’s needs, explain the goods and services they will provide to meet those needs, describe the costs involved and any terms and conditions.

6. Ask the plumbing company questions

All reputable plumbing companies will be more than happy to answer your questions and concerns. Simply calling up for an informal chat will give you a feel for the company in question. A qualified plumber will be able to answer any questions and offer the appropriate advice and guidance. Ask the plumber the following questions to ensure they are right for the job:

  • How long has the company been in business?
  • Do you have references?
  • Can I see examples of previous work you have carried out?
  • What insurance does the company have and is my property covered?
  • Do you have experience with jobs similar to mine?

7. Choose a plumbing company near you

There are many benefits to choosing a local plumber. Firstly, you can expect a fast response time. Choosing a plumber that serves your area will give you peace of mind they can get to your property in no time at all, rather than have to travel far to get to you. This is particularly important in case you have a plumbing emergency that requires urgent attention.

Locally based plumbers will also be familiar with your area, including local hardware stores and traffic situations. They’ll also likely have business contacts in your area. A local plumber can give you reliable advice. It’s also important to support your local economy and therefore choose businesses that are nearby.

Another reason to choose a plumber near you is it’s more environmentally friendly. As the plumber won’t have to travel far to get to you, their carbon footprint will be less which is better for the environment. Remember, fewer miles means fewer carbon emissions.

T.B. Mackay Energy Services: your reliable plumbing company in Edinburgh

At T.B. Mackay Energy Services, we offer a comprehensive plumbing service. In addition to being Gas Safe Register approved contractors, we are also a buildings standard approved certifier and our association with the Energy Saving Trust ensures energy conservation and efficiency are factored into our service.

Our plumbing services include installations, domestic repair services, shower repairs, bathroom installations, outside taps and more. Our team of skilled and experienced experts are fully trained and qualified. We pride ourselves on our sparkling reputation and excellent customer service; you can rely on our team to fix your plumbing problem no matter how big or small.

In addition, we also offer a range of other services, including gas engineer and repair services, building and joinery and electrical services. Our team is on hand to give you the solutions and advice you need, along with a high-quality service you can rely on. Whether you need a new boiler or your renewable technology installation needs repairing, we’ve got you covered with our range of services.

For more information about our services, visit our website.