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WaterSafe warns Britain not to put a price on plumbing safety

A survey of 2,000 householders carried out by WaterSafe reveals two thirds (69%) put price before professional credentials when choosing a plumber.

However, 33% of respondents are subsequently charged much more than the original quote.

The research shows nearly a quarter (23%) of all consumers have fallen victim to a rogue plumber and a further 23% know somebody who’s employed a rogue.

The result is often major financial outlay – WaterSafe estimates Britain has shelled out £2.6bn rectifying poor plumbing jobs in recent years.

WaterSafe director Julie Spinks comments: “While it is understandable, following the recessional years, we have seen the advent of an increasingly savvy shopper – it is important to remember there are certain times when cutting costs can come at a price.

“When it comes to choosing a plumber, for example, by not ensuring they have the right qualifications and accreditation consumers run the risk of unwittingly choosing a rogue who may overcharge them and also carry out a poor job. In a worst-case scenario, this could end up costing them an absolute fortune to rectify and lead to major safety implications.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Anthony Hedberg

    I completely agree with this article! In USA also, people tend to hire unlicensed plumbers simply because they charge less. However, many of them have to pay a huge price later onwards. As per a survey conducted by one of the leading plumbing services in New Jersey, , almost 72% of the population of USA have some time or the other faced plumbing crisis due to negligent hiring of unlicensed plumbers. Often, these unlicensed plumbers violate the safety rules and the customer ends up paying a hefty amount to get the mistakes rectified. Unlicensed plumbers are not insured as well, hence no insurance claims can be put on them.

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