Millside is supporting Quality Plumber Week (28 September – 4 October) to celebrate the skilled work plumbing and heating engineer’s carry out everyday.
Organised by Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), the second Quality Plumber Week aims to recognise the diversity and range of skills plumbers have, which is often overlooked until an emergency leak or broken boiler requires attention. The week works to raise consumer awareness of using properly qualified, trained and accredited plumbers in a bid to reduce the number of rogue traders operating in the trade.
Plumbing and heating engineers work across a wide-range of specialisms from traditional pipework, boiler installations and seemingly simple plumbing work to increasingly popular new green technologies such as biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps. Yet whatever the job, quality plumbers have extensive training and experience behind them to ensure the latest regulations and safety measures are met. These legislations are constantly under review, with professional plumbing firms working hard to keep up-to-date to comply with these in order to protect their customers.
John Thompson, Chief Executive, APHC added: “We had a great response to the inaugural Quality Plumber Week last year, and the industry really got behind showcasing the ambassadors of the plumbing trade. Our ambition is to increase awareness of the campaign each year.
“There are thousands of excellent plumbers working throughout England and Wales; who provide exceptional service and advice to homes and business. Unfortunately for them rogue traders seem to grab the headlines, which tarnishes the entire industry. On behalf of not only our members, but also every hardworking plumber we want to recognise the skills and work they do.”
Finding a reputable plumber can be challenging and without a personal recommendation homeowners are putting a good deal of trust in their chosen tradesperson. By using a member of a trade association, consumers have the security that members have been vetted for relevant qualifications, experience, insurances and high standards of workmanship. Associations also operate complaints procedures should any disputes arise during or following a job.