We appreciate that it can be a bit of a minefield finding a good plumber at an affordable price.
The simple answer is, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
A reputable, experienced plumber will charge a fair amount for their work, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost the earth.
The average cost for a UK plumber often depends on the job and the type of tradesman you are looking for.
Unfortunately, there are rogue tradespeople out there that may charge less but also do a poor job.
To avoid confusion, some companies offer fixed rates, removing any possibility of hidden fees.
Cheap plumbers will use fixed hourly rates are £85 per hour during business hours and £110 per hour during evenings and weekends. Compare costs.
Before you choose a plumber, be sure to ask for their credentials and whether they have the appropriate insurance. Any trustworthy plumber will be happy to provide this information.
When asking for a quote, it is perfectly acceptable to ask for the full details of what you would need to pay.
There is nothing more frustrating than hidden fees, so, be upfront with them about the cost, including VAT.
Make sure to check for these plumber accreditations
- CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering)
- Gas Safe Registered
- Accredited by Major Boiler Manufacturers
- Fully insured
Education and experience:
- BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment (Technical Award)
- EAL Level 2 Intermediate Diploma in plumbing (Technical Certificate which you could take at 16)
- EAL Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Plumbing
- GCSES (or equivalent at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
- For domestic gas heating systems, you’ll also need gas-related units at level 3
Plumbing supplies in London
- London Heating & Plumbing Supplies
- Mirage Heating & Plumbing Supplies Ltd
- Plumbing Supplies Direct | Number 1 Online Store for Plumbers
- Plumbing Supplies UK | Plumbing Supply | Trading Depot
- Plumbing supplies – Plumbworld