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If you’re looking for local plumbing services, you’ve likely searched for ‘plumbers near me’ on Google or checked your local job boards and newspaper ads. You’ve likely seen an overwhelming number of options and need help deciding which plumber to hire.

We get it. In your pursuit of finding a qualified and reliable professional, you want to make sure you’ve picked the right professional for the job.

How to find the best plumbers near you

There are two quick and easy ways to find your best local plumbers:

1. Through our handy request a quote feature, which does the searching for you. All you need to do is let us know what work you’re after. We’ll then reach out to our plumbing experts to contact you directly and discuss your needs.

2. Browse our online directory of trusted Checkatrade plumbers: Use the search bar below to enter your postcode to see a list of our top members. View their profiles, see photos of their work, and read their latest reviews.

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The best part about searching for your local plumbers on Checkatrade is that only plumbers who meet our high standards and pass our quality checks will appear for you.

And to top it off, we’re so confident in the quality of our trades on Checkatrade that if you book through us, we guarantee* their work up to £1,000.

*Guaranteed for 12 months – Eligibility and T&Cs apply.

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What does a plumber do?

A plumber predominantly deals with your home’s pipework, fixtures, and other equipment used to distribute water and remove wastewater.

Plumbers typically cover all work to do with water-related equipment, including installation, repair, and maintenance.

Here are some of the most common jobs you might hire a plumber for…

Fixing leaks

If you have a leaking tap, pipe, or shower, a plumber is the tradesperson to call. They’ll fix the problem and prevent further damage and water waste.

Installing and repairing boilers

As boilers are connected to the main pipes, plumbers are responsible for installing new units and repairing old ones.

So, they’re the people to call if you want to keep your home warm and comfortable.

Unblocking drains

Blocked drains are a headache for many homeowners. Thankfully, plumbers have the tools and expertise to clear them quickly and effectively.

Bathroom and kitchen installations

From fitting new toilets and sinks to installing showers and baths, plumbers will support you with various aspects of your bathroom and kitchen installations.

You can thank them for your ability to unwind in your slipper tub with a glass of vino.

Fixing central heating systems

If your central heating isn’t working properly, a plumber will diagnose and fix the problem.

However, to fix more specialist heating systems like heat pumps or HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units, you’ll need to hire a heating engineer.

Confused about the difference? Don’t worry, we’ve explained everything in our handy guide: Plumbers or heating engineers: who do I need?

Gas safety checks

If you have gas appliances in your home or business, they must be regularly checked to make sure they’re safe to use.

Alongside other trades, plumbers can perform gas safety checks and issue safety certificates.

However, to be on the safe side, check they’re a Gas Safe Registered engineer and ask to see their certification, which is required by law.

Emergency call-outs

If you have a plumbing emergency many plumbers offer 24/7 emergency call-out services to help you deal with the problem as quickly as possible.

So, if you have a burst pipe or a gas leak, help is at hand. However, emergency call-outs will usually include an additional call-out charge.

How to find a good local plumber

What to ask a plumber

When hiring a plumber, there are several questions you should ask to make sure they’re qualified, experienced, and trustworthy. Let’s take a look at the seven key questions below…

Are you licensed and insured?

It’s important to ensure the plumber you hire is licensed and insured. This is to protect yourself from any potential liability or damage.

Find out more in our guide: How to check if a plumber is licensed

Do you offer a guarantee or warranty on your work?

Similar to the above, a reputable plumber will offer a guarantee or warranty on their work to give you peace of mind.

What is your experience?

Ask about your plumber’s experience and expertise in the particular type of job you need doing. Most plumbers have a website or portfolio of work you can ask to see.

Not only will this give you the peace of mind you’re in capable hands, but it also offers a level of professionalism and exposure that’s expected in today’s digital landscape.

Can you provide references or customer reviews?

As above, look for feedback from previous customers to get an idea of the plumber’s reliability and previous quality of work.

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What are your rates?

Find out the plumber’s hourly rates and any additional fees, such as their call-out fee, to get an idea of their overall costs.

We recommend asking for 2 – 4 quotes so you can work out an average and weigh up the pros and cons of each offer.

What’s your availability?

Check the plumber’s availability to ensure they can work around your schedule.

The last thing you want is to find your dream tradesperson and discover they’re not free for several months.

What is the timeline for completion?

Alongside when the plumber can start the work, find out how long the job is expected to take.

Furthermore, do they use any project management software tools for tradespeople?

Have they given you deadlines and key milestones? Ultimately, a schedule of work is a good way to keep you both accountable.

By asking these questions, you’ll feel more confident that you’re hiring a qualified and reliable plumber who’ll complete their job to a high standard.

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How to check if a plumber is licensed

Check with a professional body

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) are the two main professional bodies for plumbers in the UK.

You can check if a plumber is licensed and registered with either of these bodies by contacting them directly or checking their online directory of registered plumbers.

Check with the Gas Safe Register

If the plumber is working on a gas appliance, such as a boiler, they must be registered with the Gas Safe Register.

You can check if a plumber is registered with the Gas Safe Register by searching their online directory.

Ask the plumber for their license number

A licensed plumber will provide you with their license number on request, which you can then verify with the relevant professional body.

How much do most plumbers charge per hour?

The cost of hiring a plumber in the UK varies depending on several factors. These factors include the type of job, the location, and the experience of the plumber.

On average, plumbers in the UK charge between £40 and £60 per hour.

That said, prices range from as low as £20 per hour for basic jobs to over £100 per hour for complex projects.

Related content: Read our plumber cost guide for more comprehensive information.

Why do plumbers charge a call-out fee?

Some plumbers charge a call-out fee on top of their hourly rate. This fee typically covers the plumber’s travel expenses and is usually around £40 to £60.

However, not all plumbers charge a call-out fee, so it’s important to ask them whether they do when you first agree to hire them.

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Your questions about plumbers answered

How do I find local and recommended plumbers near me?

Some similar questions related to the answer we’re going to give include:

  • How do I find cheap plumbers near me?
  • Who are the best plumbers near me?
  • I want to find a plumber in my area. What is the best way to do this?

Here’s our recommended process in answer to all these questions:

Check online reviews

Websites such as Trustpilot, Checkatrade (us!), and Google all display honest and verified reviews from real-life people. These reviews will give you a good idea of the associated plumber’s reputation and the quality of their work.

Use a professional directory

The CIPHE and APHC both have directories of registered plumbers you can use to search for a local plumber in your area. You can also use websites such as Checkatrade to find local plumbers near you.

Contact a trade association

Contact a trade association such as the APHC or the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) for a list of recommended plumbers in your area.

Check local business directories

Check local business directories such as Yell or Thomson Local for listings of local plumbers.

Ask for recommendations

One of the best ways to find a good local plumber is to ask for recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues.

Related content: How to find a good local plumber near me.


Why do plumbers charge so much money?

Like all tradespeople, plumbers charge for their time, expertise, and materials.

The cost of plumbing services varies depending on various factors, including the complexity of the job, the level of expertise required, and the cost of materials.

While the cost of plumbing services may seem high, it’s often worth the initial investment to make sure the job is done well and to a safe standard.

It’s also a good idea to get quotes from several plumbers in your area. That way you can make sure you’re being quoted a fair and competitive price for the work.

How do I find plumbing companies near me?

The best local plumbing companies will often have lots of reviews from customers. Check out their Checkatrade profile (if they have one) for honest, real reviews.

Plumbing companies are often well-established compared to sole traders, which means they tend to come with a higher price point.

However, note that this experience and expertise are often invaluable. You often get what you pay for.

What plumbing services are near me?

Find local plumbing services by entering your postcode into the search bar below and browse our online directory of approved plumbers in your area:

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