Choosing the Right Plumber for the Job


Everyone has seen the occasional sitcom where Sally knocks her expensive wedding ring into the sink, and her husband destroys the bathroom trying to retrieve it because he adamantly refuses to call a plumber.

Of course, a plumber can unclog a drain or take it apart to find a lost ring but affordable plumbing services in Twickenham also include connecting water lines to a dishwasher or refrigerator, installing shut-off valves, updating piping, and much more. Basic plumbing needs involve a variety of household fixtures.

  • Sinks and faucets
  • Showers/tubs
  • Toilets
  • Water heaters
  • Outdoor faucets
  • Water pipes
  • Drains
  • Sump pumps

Additional Services

Many plumbers today also specialise in providing HVAC services and installing or repairing cooling and heating systems. They range from well-known chains to local individuals. A few are even involved to some extent with sewage systems or equipment. A quick Internet search will produce a list of providers with their experience and qualifications, helpful reviews, and sometimes price comparisons.

Points to Consider

There are several important points to consider when choosing the right plumber for a specific situation.

Is the job an emergency? Many plumbers work alone and might not be available to respond at a moment’s notice. Will the plumber respond to situations that occur after regular business hours, even in the middle of the night?

How much will the job cost? Prices can vary drastically depending on the company and situation. It is always a good idea to request quotes from multiple plumbers before choosing one. Does the company/individual expect payment at the time of service? Do they offer a payment plan? What types of payment do they accept? Is the cost significantly higher for an emergency that must be handled after business hours?

It is also important to find someone who does quality work. A customer who takes the time to check reviews and verify references is likely to be much more satisfied with his or her overall experience. Does the plumber return calls and respond to situations promptly? Is he or she knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced? Does he or she have access to parts and equipment in a timely manner? Does he or she follow through with jobs that cannot be completed immediately? Does he or she have a reputation, good or bad?

Plumbing repairs, especially emergencies, are stressful enough. Being proactive can save the consumer additional anxiety.