What To Look For When You Need A Plumber

What should you ask before hiring a plumber

There will come a point in your life when you are going to need the services of a plumber.  But what do you look for to ensure the plumber you have selected or are considering has the knowledge and training to do the job correctly and safely?  Have you checked to see if they are Gas Safe registered?  Have you checked their ID to see if they are sporting the familiar yellow Gas Safe trademark?

Many consumers feel awkward in asking trades people that enter their home for their ID.

However, you should not feel embarrassed or uncomfortable in asking and the contractor should not feel awkward or uncomfortable in showing their ID.  In fact, if an engineer, plumber or contractor is confident in their qualifications, they should proactively show you their credentials without even being asked, especially when dealing with new customers.

In 2015 alone, over 1-million illegal gas jobs were completed and every year that number grows.  This activity costs the consumers money, the professionals money, and more importantly, it puts your life and the lives of your family at risk.

  • In the past three years, over 20 people have died and almost 1,000 people have been hurt due to gas-related incidents.
  • Three out of every five illegal installation jobs were found to be unsafe.
  • One in every five were so dangerous they had to be immediately disconnected.
  • Three out of four victims had employed non-accredited tradesmen based on recommendations from other people.

Engineers that are registered with Gas Safe have spent a great amount of time and money to receive quality training in order to be registered and to be able to provide safe and knowledgeable services to the public.  By allowing those with a little knowledge, if any, to attempt gas works is not only jeopardizing livelihoods, it is also jeopardizing lives.

This was not meant to scare you, but only to demonstrate the reasons why you should trust the yellow triangle and only the yellow triangle and not the friend of a friend who has “seen it done a hundred times.”  Gas Safe registered heating engineers and plumbers are continuously monitored by Gas Safe and if there is even a hint of something not being correct and proper with they work they have performed, the industry would crack down on them, heavily.

Keep this in mind the next time you need a plumber or heating engineer.  Don’t take anybody’s word for it, make sure the work will be completed safely and correctly by trusting the triangle.

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