Anyone who’s ever been ripped off by a dodgy plumber knows what a nightmare, costly experience it is. One of the big hurdles with finding a good plumber is usually the reason we need one, we’re in the middle of plumbing catastrophe. Maybe the bathroom has flooded and the drains outside are blocked. We just don’t seem to have the time to pick and choose our options. It’s all too easy, to hurry and dial the first plumber that pops up in our directory. Doing this can come at a risk, and we can find ourselves paying over inflated prices. Cowboy plumbers are fully aware of the fact that we’re desperate and they’re not afraid to charge heavily for it.
If you’re new to an area, this can be when you’re not familiar with the local tradies and most at risk to dodgy plumbers this is because you have not had time to do your homework and find a reliable tradie you can trust. So, if you find yourself in the middle of a plumbing emergency, do not panic, There are things you can do to protect yourself from the rogue Plumber's. Firstly
Do Your Research, do a online search and look at reviews on Google, Facebook and yelp.

Speak to Friends & Family, and neighbors.

1. Ask plumbing supply stores and local councils who the reputable plumbers are in the area to contact in an emergency
Talk to trustworthy people such as friends, family, co-workers. There is no better recommendation than someone's word of mouth. Speak to people you know and take note of the plumbing companies that come up.

2. Check Out Trade Directories and social media for reviews and comments.
Master Plumber's is the trade organisation that represents plumbing .They have been around along time and work towards helping both plumbers, with advice and support, and consumers finding quality, professional workmanship

3. Be Wary of Contact Details such as no street address and po Box numbers.
A reputable plumber running a professional plumbing company should have full address and details.This can speak volumes about their level of professionalism and trustworthiness.
Agree to Terms and a price in advance

4. Get a detailed quote
It’s important a quote has a detailed breakdown of the work to be carried out, to avoid unexpected extra's which could be expensive when it comes time to settling the account. Only pay once the work has been carried out to a satisfactory standard. Remember the old saying that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is and cheap doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best, it can come back to bite you later on

Remember there are also lots of online pages such as Google and facebook which offer customer reviews and ratings, where you can find a plumber near you.
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