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Many local plumbing repair and maintenance companies are family run businesses which cover all aspects of plumbing and often some property maintenance too. But there are also national companies offering plumbing services around the UK, though many of these simply sub-contract the actual work to local plumbing companies anyway! Typical plumbing work involves burst pipes, blocked drains, leaky taps/radiators, new bathroom installations, underfloor heating, kitchen or solar panels, central heating repairs and even working with modern solar heating systems. Everything from emergency 24 hour services to planned maintenance on boilers and water systems.
When people have an emergency plumbing problem such as no heating in January or a bad water leak, they generally aren't very fussy about what plumber they choose as long as they arrive quickly! Unfortunately this can often lead to excessive charges and poor quality of workmanship, plus the potential of not having the plumbing problem fixed correctly leading to further problems down the line. Consumers should invest the time in choosing an appropriate plumber so they know who to call in the event of an emergency. For maintenance work of course you can take your time and check out prospective plumbers thoroughly. Before hiring a plumber, if possible try to contact at least three or four to to get quotes for the work to be done. Check the prices quoted include any extra fees such as call out charges and VAT. Try and be as accurate as possible when describing problems, particularly if getting quotes over the phone, otherwise you may find the price can change when the plumber gets to your house. Unless in an emergency situation, request the quotes in writing with a full breakdown of the work and materials involved so you can compare quotes on a like for like basis. You should always have a good plumbers number in your phone book, don't leave yourself at the mercy of cowboys and rogue traders should you require emergency plumbing work! in any case you need to get your heating system serviced and checked annually, so as soon as you move into a new property, do some research and find a plumber that offers a professional service and competitive prices, use them for annual servicing and keep their number handy in case of emergencies, even if they are busy when you call, they will often be able to recommend another good plumber, rather than you having to pick an unknown plumber out of the yellow pages.
To fix a leaky tap budget around £50, to fix an easily accessible burst water pipe including call-out charges, labour and materials, typical cost will be around £90, unblocking a toilet normally costs about £90.
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