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Plumbers in London
There are plenty of good plumbing companies in London who come well recommended by your neighbours.
We have two quick and easy ways to find reliable local plumbers near you:
The average local plumber cost often depends on the type of work you need to hire the plumber for, when you need it done by, and the amount of time it takes to complete the job. Typical plumber rates in London range from £40 to £60 per hour, depending on the individual plumber.
If it’s a big job then local plumbers might quote you a cost per day, which is around £320 - £375 per day. It’s always sensible to discuss the plumber rates upfront when you speak to any local plumber, so that you’re clear on what you’re going to be charged for and at what rate.
Plumber prices for common plumbing services
Here are the average prices for popular jobs that local plumbers are hired for in London:
Unblock a toilet – £112
Repair burst water pipe – £95
Install a radiator – £165
Replace a water tank – £405
Cost to fix a leak – £102
To find out more about prices, check out our guide to plumber costs.
Emergency plumber call out charges
When you need a plumber urgently, particularly out of standard business hours, you’ll most likely have to pay an emergency plumber call out charge. This fee is usually somewhere in the region of £100 - £120.
When booking emergency plumbing work, make sure you ask the cost of any plumber call out charges before hiring – you don’t want to get an expensive surprise once they’ve come out and done the job.
For more information, read our guide to plumber call out fees.
Affordable plumbing quotes
As with all home improvement projects, we always recommend obtaining at least three quotes from different plumbers in your area. By shopping around you can make sure you're paying a fair and competitive price for affordable plumbing work.
Thankfully, we've got a tool that makes finding multiple quotes super easy. Our request a quote feature is perfect for getting quotes: you post details about the work you need doing and we’ll send it out to local plumbers in your area. Try it out – it's quick and easy!
We rely on plumbers for some of the most important repairs and home improvements in our homes, so it’s important to hire a plumber that you can rely on. We’ve put together some of our top tips to help you find a plumber you can trust…
1. Read their customer reviews
As well as recommendations, online customer reviews are another good way to see what level of service local plumbers offer. It should be easy to find reviews and ratings for reputable local plumbers where you can see what other customers in the London area have to say about their service. A great place to start is their profile here on Checkatrade.
2. Check their credentials
The best plumbers tend to be those with qualifications and/or accreditations from national trade associations, such as the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC), and Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF).
3. Ask for quotes (and compare them)
For any plumbing you need to hire a local plumber for, make sure you get a quote from them before agreeing to hire them. You want to make sure that the plumber prices you’re being quoted are fair and competitive.
Want to get affordable plumbing quotes now? You’re in luck as we’ve created a handy request a quote tool that makes it quick and easy to find multiple quotes from reliable plumbers in your area. All you need to do is post details about the plumbing job and we’ll send it out to local plumbers in your area. Try it out – it's quick and easy!
4. Follow up on their references
A good plumber will happily give you references from previous customers that you can talk to if you want to verify the quality of their work before hiring them. Having a brief chat with the plumber’s previous customers is a great way to find a plumber you can trust.
Plumbers are responsible for fitting and maintaining water systems in both domestic and commercial buildings. They’re typically responsible for working with pipework, heating systems, toilets, baths, showers, sinks, washing machines and dishwashers.
Depending on their individual experience and qualifications, local plumbers carry out a wide range of jobs, from fixing a leaking tap and unblocking toilet to installing boilers and new heating systems. In order to work with gas appliances, plumbers will need to be suitably qualified and ideally registered as a Gas Safe engineer in the UK.
The working day of a plumber will often include working on many of the following plumbing jobs:
Fixing leaks and damaged water systems
Unblocking or repairing drainage systems
Installing, repairing or replacing pipework and fittings
Installing central heating systems and domestic heating appliances
Servicing water systems and fixing faults
Responding to emergency call-outs such as floods or broken boilers
Common jobs for plumbers in London
If you're a homeowner, or even renting a property, chances are you’re going to need a plumber at some stage. And in many cases, you won’t realise you need a plumbing company until the problem has become an emergency.
Here are the most common jobs that plumbers get hired for in London:
Blocked drains – Not the most pleasant of jobs, but it’s amazing how often drains get blocked and need professional attention from a plumber to fix the problem.
Running toilet – A toilet that continuously runs after you flash it will be wasting a lot of water and needs to be fixed as soon as possible.
Dripping taps – Drips can be one of those little annoying problems that you constantly put off fixing but should be dealt with quickly to avoid wasting water.
Low water pressure – A weak shower can often be the symptom of a build up in the shower head or pipework, which leads to clogging and reduced water flow.
Leaking pipes – This is particularly common in older properties where pipework might be old and worn, and leaks can quickly cause visible water damage. Leaks can often be a sign of a bigger problem so it’s best to call a local plumber as soon as possible.
Appliance plumbing installation and maintenance – Washing machines and dishwashers are wonderful features to have in your home, as long as they’re installed properly and well-maintained.
Need to find a plumber in London?
Use our quick and easy search to find good plumbers in London. Or, alternatively, use our handy request a quote feature to get multiple plumber quotes at a time – you simply post details about the plumbing job you want doing and we’ll send it out to local plumbing companies in your area. Give it a try!
When it comes to getting the right plumber for the job, it’s important to have a chat with them about the problem you need fixing or the work you need them to do. And as part of this conversation, it’s often very useful to ask a bunch of questions so that you’re clear on what they can do, how much they charge and when they can get the job done.
Questions to ask a plumber
We’ve put together a list of questions that you might find it useful to ask when you’re speaking to local plumbers in London.
How long have you been in the plumbing business for?
What qualifications and/or accreditations do you have?
Can you provide me with your license and/or ID details?
Have you done similar plumbing installation jobs in London before?
Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
Do you offer any sort of service quality guarantee?
Do you charge a fixed price or per hour/day?
What are your hourly or daily rates?
Do you charge a call out fee?
Can you provide a detailed quote with a breakdown of all the costs?
How long do you think the job will take?
When can you come and do the work?
It’s important that you’re confident that you’re hiring a qualified and experienced local plumber who can do the job to a high standard. When speaking to them, you should be able to get a feel for their attitude and approach to their work.
Choosing the right plumber
If you speak to a plumber and they’re hesitant to answer your questions, or they give you answers that make you doubt their ability to do the work, move on and find another plumber who can fill you with confidence.
At the end of the day, you want to hire a plumber who is friendly to work with, skilled to do the work, and will achieve the result that you want.
There are thousands of experienced local plumbers and plumbing companies registered on Checkatrade – search for local plumbers now.
When it comes to the wellbeing of your and your home, it’s important that you hire a local plumber who will carry out their work safely and securely and to a professional standard. Being a licensed plumber and/or having the relevant plumber qualifications is a sign that they take their trade seriously and that they will work to certain standards, governed by their licensing body.
In the UK, there are a number of licenses that a plumber can have, depending on the nature of the work. Two of the most important plumber licenses for you to check for are WaterSafe and the Gas Safe Register.
WaterSafe approved plumbers
WaterSafe is an online directory for competent and qualified plumbers in the UK. All WaterSafe approved plumbers are certified by their national accreditation body, which specifically focuses on training plumbers in the UK’s Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
By hiring a WaterSafe approved plumber you can be confident that they will work to a high standard and do their best to conserve water and improve water systems in the best way possible.
You can check if a local plumber is WaterSafe approved by using the Watersafe approved plumber search tool.
Registered Gas Safe engineers
The Gas Safe Register is the official list of tradespeople and businesses that are legally permitted to carry out gas work in the UK. All registered Gas Safe engineers are issued with a Gas Safe ID card, which details the type of gas work that they are permitted to do.
Many plumbers are also registered Gas Safe engineers, but not all engineers are qualified to do all types of gas work. Therefore, it’s important that you check the plumber’s ID card before they carry out any gas work in your home.
If you need to find a plumber with the appropriate plumber qualifications to carry out gas work, you can use the Gas Safe find an engineer search tool online.
Find a local plumber with plumbing qualifications
All Checkatrade members have been checked by our team to verify their qualifications, so that you can be confident that any information on their profile is valid and accurate. Search for local plumbers now, it’s quick and easy!