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Smart Plumbing Solutions

We’re a full service Vancouver plumbing company who can take care of any of your home or business needs, including routine maintenance, installations, leak repairs or any sort of work in commercial and residential settings. Tub, toilet or tap… whatever it is that you are looking for you can rely on us to send out a certified plumber to handle everything in a courteous and competent manner.

Emergency Plumbing

Potential tasks can vary from minor jobs – for instance a leaky faucet – to those which are, or perhaps could become, catastrophic. Our plumbers have the experience, tools and skills to resolve any kind of obstacle that you come across, and they are specialists at anything from new pipework to troubleshooting leaks.

We can promptly handle any plumbing problems that may arise at your house or commercial property. For any plumbing emergencies, don’t hesitate to call us. We have an emergency 24 hour plumber available on call who will be sent to your property ASAP. It doesn’t matter what the time of day or year, you will be able to depend on us for attentive and fast support in any emergency. We realize how worrying plumbing related problems tend to be, in particular when it’s an urgent situation after normal business hours.

All Types of Installations

KCs Plumbing has a lengthy history of superior quality work. Irrespective of whether you wish to get some pipe insulation or a nice new toilet installed, or you need a re-pipes or installation in a residential or commercial building, we have the skills and the working experience to ensure all work is completed correctly.

We’re acknowledged also as leaders in updating the piping in older properties, something we’ve been working at for many years, in particular in a lot of the attractive houses in the West End of Vancouver.

Our dedicated commercial and residential plumbing service is a great choice for either modern homes or older homes all over the greater Vancouver region. you are a do-it-yourself kind of person who is willing to take the time to learn what you need to know about plumbing then you will be able to fix the leakage errors that occur in your home. By learning the correct way you will save yourself time, money and a tremendous amount of frustrating moments!

Nobody enjoys a leaky faucet. Not only is it annoying, especially if you have to listen to it drip as you are trying to fall asleep, but it is also wasting water and costing you money. In fact you could say that your money is pouring down the drain day after day! The good news is that if you have a leaky faucet you do not have to live with it..

In some instances you may be able to tighten the nut that is found below the hand wheel and that will correct the problem. Guard against tightening the nut more than a one quarter turn however. If you do it more than that then you could potentially damage the valve and end up with a worse problem on your hands.

You may discover that tightening the valve is not enough and that it actually needs to be resoldered. If it needs this then leave the base on while you work but take off the hand wheels as well as all of the inner parts. The next step in the plumbing process is to drain down the water in the pipe and then set about resoldering the damaged joint. A professional plumber will tell you that it is a good idea to completely remove the whole unit when you are in the resoldering process.

If there is a copper pipe that has sprung a leak then you can fix it by first draining the water and then cutting the pipe as carefully as you possibly can. Be gentle! This may seem complicated the first time you do it but the more you do it the more you will begin to feel like the plumbing expert you are on your way to becoming.

To repair the leaky copper pipe cut it with a tubing cutter where the leak is to be found. Then use a coupling or a union to repair the leak. For those who are not familiar with a union, it is a length of copper pie that has the exact same interior diameter as the external diameter of the pipe that needs to be corrected. The copper pie contains a ridge in the center of it. It is this center that you will slide the pipe through.

As you take on more plumbing jobs you will become more adept at repairing the water problems in your home. This will save you money on calling a plumber and will help you become a more efficient home fix-it person!

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Drainage Plumbing

Commonly Used Plumbing Materials

People want to have their new homes. Many want to have their own plot and be the designer of the house. Well, one part of the design that most house owner forgets is the plumbing part. Like the designing of the house, you also require the right design to make the house’s plumbing effective. If the plumbing is not adequate, you might face severe problems in the future.

The materials used in plumbing varies a lot, depending on which kind of material you prefer. Some have an advantage over the other and the vice versa. Therefore, it becomes important that you get to know all the plumbing materials to make a perfect choice.

Cast Iron pipe

Iron pipes are the oldest types of pipe that are used for plumbing. They have a rich history and was commonly used in all the residential houses and building. This was mostly preferred because iron was found cheap in the market and was very easy to install too. This gave it the popularity. Moreover, the pipes have a reputation for its strength and durability. It lasted for years without leaks.

However, some issues make the iron pipe unavailable for plumbing. The pipes being made from iron welcomed rusting. The rusting of the pipe made the pipe weaker over the year that leads to failure of the durability. Most homes reported leaking due to rusting in about 25 years from installation. The rusting also changed the water taste that made the water hesitating to use.

Copper pipe

Copper pipes have great stability and durability. They can withstand any impact and hence they can be used for any kind of plumbing. They can also be used underground without the fear of being damaged. Unlike the iron pipe, this pipes provided clean water and was free from bacterial breeding. This made the people popularly used in most countries.

One disadvantage of these pipes is they are very expensive. In addition, to that these pipes are also difficult to install. Only professional plumbers can install this, because of the required special equipment. If the water passing through the pipe is too acidic, it gives rise to corrosion in the pipe.

PVC pipe

This pipe covers up the disadvantages of copper pipe. PVC pipe is a stable plumbing option that avoids corrosion. On the other hand, it is very easy to install and can be done by anyone. No special equipment is required in here.

The disadvantage that this pipe holds is that it is very brittle and cannot withstand force. This pipe is made of plastic and hence it cannot even withstand high temperature. This pipe can only be used in places that don’t have the high temperature to withstand.

Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) Pipe

These pipes are an extension of the PVC pipe that can withstand high temperature. It has the same holding capability of PVC pipe. Well, if you have some high-temperature piping reason then this could be used.

Conclusion

Now knowing all the possible options, you can choose the perfect options for plumbing your home. The cheapest one among these is PVC pipes; they are most commonly used in houses.

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Dependable Plumbing Services

As professional plumbers we’re able to sort out any of business or home service needs, which includes repairing leaks, installations, maintenance and all kinds of work in commercial and residential environments. Tub, tap or toilet… no matter what you require you can count on us to send a registered plumber to deal with it in an efficient and respectful fashion.

Emergency Plumbing

Repairs can vary from minor issues – for example a leaking faucet – to those which are, or perhaps could become, calamitous. Our specialist team of plumbers have got the skills, experience and tools to sort out just about any problem that pops-up, and they are experts at everything from resolving leaks to pipework.

We can speedily fix any plumbing issues that could cause concern in your home or business. If you’ve got a plumbing emergency in Vancouver, speak to us. We’ve invariably got a 24-7 emergency plumber on call and will dispatch to you as swiftly as possible. Any time of the day or year, you will be able to depend upon us for attentive and fast help in your time of need. We know how annoying plumbing problems tend to be, particularly if it’s an urgent situation after the normal working day.

Plumbing Installations of All Kinds

We at Kcs Plumbing have got a long standing history of good quality workmanship. Regardless if you would like to get a new kitchen basin or a bit of insulating pipe installed, or you’re in need of an installation or re-pipe in a commercial or residential property, we have the expertise and the working experience to be certain all jobs are completed properly.

We are well-known also as leaders in upgrading the plumbing systems of old homes, a thing that we have been working on for many years, most notably in the striking properties in the south end of Vancouver.

Our residential and commercial plumbing services is the top choice for both older homes and modern homes across Greater Vancouver.

Plumbing service for Commercial interests

A sink that will not drain, a pipe that makes noise, and a toilet that’s backed up are all signs that something is wrong with the pipes in your home. At this point you might have no choice but to call a professional and have it taken care of. It can be expensive but ultimately you will have little or no choice. Did you know there are things that you can do to take care of many of the plumbing problems in your home without calling the professionals?

The first way to counteract plumbing problems is to stop them before they start. So how do you do that, by being careful? You should know what you put down your sink. If you have garbage disposal use it when you are emptying your plate after each meal. Run water down the disposal while you have it on so that the broken up food particles are pushed out. Allow the water to run a minute or so after you’ve shut off the disposal to ensure everything is flushed out. Don’t put items such as potato peels, banana peels, or bone down your disposal. This could damage the disposal and will most certainly clog your pipes.

When you are cooking, keep an empty can by the sink. This can be a soup can or a coffee can. If you choose a coffee can be sure it’s one of the metal ones, the new plastic containers won’t work. If you have something that has grease that has to be drained don’t pour it down the sink. This can cause plumbing issues as the grease hardens. Instead pour the grease into the can. Once the grease has cooled simply throw the can in the trash. This will help keep your pipes clear of gunk. If you don’t have a can available or have spilt some grease down the drain be sure to run a lot of hot water down that drain to ensure the grease is flushed out.

When it comes to your toilet the best way to avoid plumbing problems is to use only flushable items. Toilet paper and flushable wipes are designed to breakdown in water. This will keep you from clogging the toilet. Also if you have small children you might want to invest in a toilet lock. It might make potty training a little more difficult but it will keep them from flushing toys, jewelry, keys or other objects down the drain. Not only will those items clog up the system but some of them might be valuable and not something that you’ll want to lose.

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Drainage Plumbing

Knowing When to Hire A Professional

Many money conscious homeowners are trying to find ways to attend to home maintenance and minor repairs on their own, rather than spending hard earned money to have the jobs done by a professional. Some jobs, for example, plumbing repair, are best left to someone with training and experience to avoid costly mistakes. There are, however, plumbing tasks like unclogging drains, that can be do-it-yourself projects without disastrous results.

Clogged drains are a recurring and common problem. As a matter of fact, many plumbing businesses dedicate most of their time to clearing drains. With a little knowledge and some common household tools, a clogged drain can be cleared and expensive fees eliminated. Many drains in a home can become clogged. They include, but are not limited to tub drains, bathroom and kitchen sink drains, and garbage disposal drains.

Tub Drains, Usually a Simple Fix

Not surprising, many of the blocked tub drains are the result of an accumulation of hair at the stopper. Although the first inclination may be to grab the plunger, it will most likely be ineffective. The hair is wrapped in there tightly. The stopper needs to be taken out to allow you to access and remove the hair. Your first need to know which type of drain is in your tub. Most likely it will be the trip lever near the overflow plate or the lift and turn type located at the actual drain.

The trip lever stopper has a rod in the overflow pipe that is attached to the stopper. Sometimes, the stopper is actually inside the pipe while at other times the stopper is in the drain and worked by the connecting rod. Before you take your drain apart, try to pull the problem hair out using needle nosed pliers. Hopefully, that will end you problem.

If this is ineffective, you need to remove the stopper. Depending on its location, you may need to take off the overflow plate to remove the rod and stopper, or remove it from the tub drain. After you have cleaned off any hair and sludge, you can test the drain to be sure the water runs freely. Then simply put the pieces back together.

The lift and turn drain, also called the tip-toe drain, has a stopper connected to the drain which must be removed to clear the clog. Simply unscrewing the drain will get you nowhere; you must apply a little upward tension by slightly lifting it as you unscrew. Again, long nose pliers will be effective for pulling out the offending hair and debris. Check your efforts and make sure everything drains correctly.

If these simple steps have not solved your clogged tub problem, you may want to consider a professional who can use a snake. This long tool fits in the drain and twists around, removing clogs beyond the reach of your pliers.

Bathroom Sinks

p trap

When faced with a clog in your bathroom sink, or lavatory, you should first try using a plunger designed specifically for a sink drain. A sink plunger is a smaller version of a toilet plunger, with a domed rubber piece fastened to the end of a sturdy stick. When plunging, if you do not plug the overflow of the sink, you will not be able to create the necessary suction. Put a wet washcloth in the overflow to create a seal. Run water into the sink, place the plunger over the drain, and move it firmly up and down. Don’t be overzealous. Some lavatories have pipes constructed of plastic, and if their connections are not snug enough, they could pull apart with the pressure of the plunging.

If plunging fails, you will need to remove the p-trap (the section of pipe under the sink designed to catch things that may have fallen down the drain), the trip lever (connected to the small handle you pull to plug the drain), and the stopper itself. Put a bowl or bucket under your trap when you remove it, as there may be standing water. Be cautious if you have metal pipes- unlike plastic ones, they can become fragile over time and break easily. Clean out all areas, reassemble, and try your drain.

If these measures don’t solve your problem, contact a local plumber who handles drain cleaning. You have done everything a layman can do and can hire someone with a clear conscience.

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Drainage Plumbing

Drainage Problems Around the House

Let’s start with the kitchen. There is not a lot of difference between kitchen and bathroom drains, so many of the steps you must take are the same. However, there are some common sense points you should keep in mind.

First, if you are dealing with a double sink, you will need to plug one of the sinks while you plunge the other to avoid simply moving the water back and forth between sinks. Also, keep in mind that kitchen sinks move and hold a lot more water than bathroom ones.

Make sure you have a large receptacle underneath the trap to catch water. Last, remove the trap very slowly, moving it the smallest distance possible. This will allow you to re-tighten it and stop the flow of water when your bucket or bowl beneath it gets full. It may take several rounds of loosening, tightening, and emptying before you lose all of the standing water. Once the water has been removed, remove the p-trap and look for clogs.

Garbage Disposals

A clogged garbage disposals will most likely be stuck fast and immovable. If your disposal has a reset button (most do) you can reset the motor. See if that will get things moving again. If that does not help, or if there is no reset key, you should try moving the disposal manually. You will need an allen wrench: an L shaped tool with a hexagonal shaped end, sometimes called a hex key. There is a shaft on the bottom of the unit; you can fit the wrench into the shaft and move it back and forth a couple of times. That is often enough to get things moving again. After removing the wrench, try the disposal to see if it is working again.

If it still won’t move, you can actually look for debris in the disposal. Always remember to turn off the breaker to avoid accidents, then grab a flashlight and look for any foreign objects. The needle nose pliers are the perfect tool to remove anything that does not belong.

If it is still jammed, it is time for the help of a professional. Let them know what you have done, so they don’t repeat those steps. It will save them time, and hopefully it will save you precious labor fees.

Whole House

The thought of an entire home that is not draining is daunting. This is most likely an urgent situation that calls for a local plumbers. There are some preliminary steps you can take and hopefully shave off some of the formidable costs.

You need to determine if you are connected to a sewer system. You can look at your latest water bill to see if there is a charge for the sewer; you can ask your neighbor- odds are they will have the same system that you do; or you could look in your yard or street for a manhole- a sign of a sewer system. A clean out can be another sign that you are connected to a sewer system. Search the perimeter of your home for one. A clean out is an exterior pipe with a large plug. The plug can be removed and provide a way in to the sewer pipe. Look carefully, they can be difficult to spot.

A Temporary Solution

You can possibly remove the cap of a clean out and circumvent a disastrous flood in the house. If you choose to do this, proceed with caution. There may be a houseful of backed up pressure beneath that cap. Move slowly, a full line could cause a spray of backup when you make the last few twists while removing the cap.

Once the cap is removed, assess your situation. A clog beyond the clean out will allow you minimal use of your plumbing. Keep in mind that, without the plug, your waste water will be draining into your yard. This could help you avoid the damage that could occur with the buildup of pressure in the pipes of the home. It is not an ideal solution, but may buy you some time while you wait for help, perhaps until regular business hours to avoid the high fees associated with emergency calls.

Armed with a little knowledge, you may be able to solve some of the minor plumbing troubles associated with clogged drains. At the very least, you may eliminate a few of the first steps for a professional and save yourself at least a portion of the $100 plus fees a plumber could charge.

If the problem has gone beyond the simple issues discussed here then you might want to read a little more about the dangers of allowing the drainage to get out of hand. A flooded basements is usually a serious problem that must be dealt with immediately. At the very least make an effort to find out what plumbing companies in the area are considered trustworthy by friends and neighbors.

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The Kitchen Sink Has Moving Parts

Keeping things in working order is a good policy, so we’ve gathered a few tips for keeping the kitchen sink looking good, and hopefully trouble free. Whether you have a single bowl stainless steel sink or a double bowl sink, keeping the drain clear is a universal thing.

Grandma Knew Best

If you cook a lot of greasy foods like bacon for instance, pour the grease into a can and toss it in the garbage later. Pouring hot grease down the sink causes buildup, which also causes food particles to cling to the sides of the pipe.

Take A Little Extra Time

If you have kitchen accessories like an electric food disposal unit under the sink, run cold water when its grinding, to help flush mash down the pipes. Garburetor are not designed to clear the bowl right away, it needs time to do its job.

If you find your drain clogging on occasion, try mixing up 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Pour in down the drain and let it sit for a few minutes with the drain covered. After 15 or 20 minutes, pour boiling water through to flush it out. The mixture should break down the grease and kill any odors that may be lingering.

Pour a couple liters of boiling water down the drain once a week or so to melt away any fat or grease that may have collected.

Throw coffee grounds in the garbage, not down the drain.

Buyer Beware

Rumor has it that products claiming to clear drains by dissolving grease with enzymes may not be very effective. Some of those products may use chemicals that kill the bacteria needed to break up solid wastes thereby causing more harm than good.

If the clog has gotten too big for you to handle, click here for more informations.

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Drainage Plumbing

What to do When you need a Plumber

Until the dawn of the 20th century, lead was the main choice of material for molding tubular conduits, and the word plumber meant a person skilled in working with lead. Polyurethane, copper and other materials gradually became more popular and widely used, as it was discovered that the seemingly harmless material of lead was actually causing various chronic and fatal conditions by being ingested.

Of course, today’s modern buildings have complex plumbing systems consisting of not only hot and cold running water, but also sewage disposal, air conditioning, gas heating, systems for fire defense and a pneumatic / hydraulic power delivery system. Many emergencies in the home can be prevented or resolved by your friendly residential plumbing expert, making the plumber the 4th emergency service for many people.

Getting to Know a Local Plumber

One of the most common problems with calling any plumbers to your home is that it seems they are always busy when you need them the most. If they are available they’ll charge double or triple for coming during the evening or on the weekend. You might be expecting to be charged at least double the normal rate as well as an after hours premium if you have the audacity to call the plumber out on a Sunday!

However, most plumbers who specialize in residential plumbing services are only too aware of how valuable the time of their customers is, and how inconvenient a leaking or burst pipe can potentially be.

Most plumbers do make all reasonable efforts to be at your home as soon as possible, and just as importantly, to be there when they say they will. Plumbing work sometimes results in an explosion, flood or other disaster and because of the risks associated with this type of work, plumbers need to have professional indemnity insurance, which inevitably leads to higher prices for their services.

Take Your Time and Look Around

Be wary of using a plumber that seems too cheap, as they probably don’t have the proper insurance. Unfortunately there are dozens of unreliable and disreputable plumbers out there just waiting to take advantage of you and take your money, although of course not all plumbers are charlatans and many strive to deliver the best possible work. Don’t be afraid to ask for the VAT registration reference from the plumber, and look for membership of professional or trade bodies.

You can avoid a lot of this by getting acquainted with one of the local Vancouver plumbing companies in your neighborhood before a problem happens. Call a family member or friend who might have had to use a plumber in the past. They can tell you if they have a preferred service company. You can also find good people by looking up reviews on plumbing companies that look good to you online.

Most of us Don’t Want to Deal With This

Although you will probably have need to call a plumber at some point, it is hoped that you won’t have to, but of course it pays to have the contact information for a reliable and experienced plumber in your area. Calling a plumber for a routine check up and overhaul of your plumbing and heating systems is a much better option than waiting until you have a plumbing emergency and then calling one.

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Drainage Plumbing

Regulations and Safety Assurance Brought by a Plumbing Company

Customer service satisfaction is important and should be a given in any service-oriented environment or company. A plumber who provides excellent service will be hired and called for to work on a future projects when the customer it is servicing had been satisfied with its performance. Testimonials and word-of-mouth advertisement from a satisfied customer is the best tool to use so that the company may acquire more clients and customers. Naturally, when you receive excellent service from a company, you will eventually recommend them to someone else like a friend or a relative.

This also serves true when hiring the service of a plumbing company to install all plumbing system needs of a house or a building. The plumbing system is not limited to only the installation of water pipes and the basic plumbing fixtures. It also includes water heating machines, the overall bathroom and kitchen installation including the sink, the tub and shower where you relax and comfort yourself in and the tank which holds up your water in place.

Other basic components of a plumbing service that a plumbing company must be able to provide are fixing of broken pipes, waste disposal units and its cleaning operation and clearing of blocked pipes. An established plumbing company may also include heating and gas installations as part of their primary services. Every aspect of plumbing service is important as you enjoy the luxury and comfort of your home or office establishment.

Trustworthy plumbing companies and their services are bound to different laws and regulations specific to where it is located. This ensures safety and quality of service from all those who are performing such business. The industry needs to be regulated so that the government is assured that only licensed plumbing companies are operating in their area.

Other people may think that they can do the work of fixing their water system but you must remember that you are still under the same laws and regulations that these companies are bound. When you try to do it yourself, you may be putting yourself, your family and the entire building into more danger than when you hire an expert to do the work for you. This will eliminate the hassle and headache that you have to go through as you fix or repair whatever plumbing fixture that was broken or clogged up. Sacrificing that little amount of money for a service may not be worth it when you risk yourself trying to do something that you are not knowledgeable of.

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Drainage Plumbing

Warning Signs That Drainage Has Become a Problem

Drainage problems seem unimportant most of the time, but could easily and quickly evolve into problems that go far beyond the drainage system. It’s important to note that drainage problems do not simply appear; there are tell-tale signs that we tend to ignore.

Drainage problems are brought about by a number of factors, including improper drainage fixtures such as drainage pipes that are too narrow, clogged drains and can lead to difficulty dispelling water, hence creating backups that could lead to serious problems. One of the most overlooked services is perimeter drain tile cleanings. A local plumber is usually the best choice for getting this service done.

One of the best ways to ensure that your drainage is working properly is to regularly inspect your home.

Top Warnings of Drainage Problems

  • Unpleasant drainage odors
  • Strange sounds in the drainage
  • Slow draining water
  • Penetration of water in the walls
  • Foundation cracks
  • Water accumulation in the various areas within and around the home
  • Soil changes in specified areas

One of the major signs to look out for is unpleasant smells emanating from the drainage system. Blockages are usually a result of hair and food which eventually begin to accumulate slime– and hence the awful smell. You may also want to look out for slow draining water which is the easiest way to know that your drainage is in danger.

Slow drainage means that there is an obstruction. You can also tell that your drainage is experiencing some problems by listening to the sounds its makes. Gurgling sounds are brought about when you have trapped air in the drain. Foundation cracks also indicate that there is a drainage leak.

Water resurgence is a clear sign of a drainage problem. You also need to look for signs of localized flooding on areas— such as the rooftop and yard. Presence of moisture walls could tell you if you have drainage problems.

Preventing Drainage Problems

You can easily prevent drainage problems from occurring by:

  • Installing sink strainers
  • Regularly cleaning the drainage system
  • Planting trees and plants away from the drainage pipes

Sink strainers help keep foreign objects out of the drain and help catch food particles, hair and other matters that could easily go down your drain and potentially lead to blockage. If you are planting trees, plant them away from your drainage pipes. If you already have trees and plants, make sure that the roots do not invade your pipes.

Cleaning your drainage system is important. You can keep your sink clean by simply pouring hot water and using a suction pump to remove any grease and other build ups. However, be very careful about using popular drainage cleaners, as they easily corrode drainage pipes and lead to greater problems.

Stopping drainage problems early is essential, as it could prevent blockages from occurring and even arrest leaks in time, thus preventing structural damages and consequent expenses. If you have come across any of the issues mentioned above and cannot clear the problem yourself, then we suggest you call a local plumbers for professional help. In many cases proper tools are needed to remove a blockage or root intrusion.

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How to Find a Good Plumber

There have been lots of awful stories about rogue plumbers who exploit the vulnerable and take a few minutes to fix a dripping tap but spend most of their time doing nothing and charging way over the top.

The good news is most plumbers are honest and professional and not out to rip people off. But the sad news is that there are some dodgy guys around and there is a shortage in skilled. So if your tap, radiator or boiler’s got a a leak and you need someone fast how can you make sure the person who comes to fix it is competent and out to exploit you?

Obviously a good plumber is often hard to come by. So here are some tips for finding a reputable plumbing company fairly quickly. Not all of these will be appropriate to your circumstances but at least it will give you some options.

  1. If you are in a hurry then we would recommend a quick look on the internet. Search for a local plumber with your town, city or village.
  2. If you don’t have the internet at home or you can’t connect then try the neighbors. A verbal recommendation from someone you trust is quick and easy
  3. OK so you have no neighbors around who know of a good plumber – try your yellow pages. There are always plenty of local plumbers that advertise there
  4. If you don’t have Yellow Pages then why not call a friend who lives close and ask if they know anyone…if they don’t…
  5. Ask if they can recommend that you call someone else who could know – it could be anyone their referral doesn’t have to be a plumber themselves just someone who may have the number of one.
  6. Are their other tradesmen you have used in the past- electrician, carpenter, gas engineer? Try these. Tradesmen often work together and know of each other so they are likely to know of a good plumber
  7. Is there a hardware or DIY store near to where you live? These will often have lists of tradesmen who can help. Go round or call them.
  8. Is there a relative you think could have some ideas. Obviously they would have to be fairly local.
  9. If none of these work and things are getting a little desperate you could call the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and ask if they can help. This is an excellent organisation that helps people with all kinds of problems – they would certainly have a Yellow pages.
  10. If the problem is serious don’t attempt it yourself and if it takes a while to locate a good plumber and your need is urgent make sure you make what cautionary arrangements you can – pots, pans, containers, towels, to catch dripping water.
  11. If the problem is a major one check with your insurance company that you are covered and ask them if they can recommend a good plumber. If you are not covered ask them if they could recommend a good plumber anyway.

For a few more good tips on finding an expert plumber, read this article we posted last month.