There is no shortage of plumbers in Cork. This can be attributed to a number of factors, however there is one factor which stands out most. This is the fact that plumbers are being paid a lot of money for their time. Many people associate plumbing with blocked up toilets and burst pipes, but there is much more to the trade than this. Below I will outline some of the pros and cons of hiring a plumber, as well as outlining the simple plumbing tasks you can fix yourself. This will allow you to save a little bit of money.
For many homeowners it is easier to just call a plumber than attempting any plumbing task themselves. This may be a time issue or they may feel like the problem looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. Safety issues may also be at play here as well as any other number of reasons. However the bottom line is, the only way to save on your plumber’s service charge is by not hiring the plumber the first place. You will need to be willing to learn how to do these tasks yourself.
Learning how to do some basic plumbing tasks as well as investing in some tools will pay off in the long run. You will be able to put your new skills to good use if your plumbing problems resurface in the future. You will be amazed at how much money you can save. There are some tasks however where you will still need the services of an expert plumber. Under no circumstances should you attempt to repair a gas boiler yourself. This is highly dangerous and could result in major problems down the line. The same can be said for an oil boiler, if you attempt to service your existing oil boiler or even replace it by yourself you will regret it. You should stick to unclogging your drains and repairing leaks. These are straightforward tasks which can be easily learned and carried out with the correct equipment.
If you need to hire a plumber and want to save on costs, then try to avoid a plumber who is part of a company. Plumbers who represent a company usually work on a commission basis. The company will charge a basic rate while the plumber’s commission is factored into the companies charge as an extra. It is best to opt for a freelance plumber. The difference here is that a freelance plumber is his own boss therefore any fee is negotiable. This will mean that there is less likelihood of him/her charging an obscene amount of money.
Before you hire a plumber set out exactly the tasks you want him to carry out. By doing this it will eliminate the chances of a plumber trying to up-sell you on extra plumbing services which you really don’t need. If you need more than one task carried out it is best to calculate the cost of these on an individual basis and then try to negotiate one fee for the entire work. If you are unable to negotiate a special price then contact other plumbers to see who will give you the biggest discount.
When it comes to plumbing, just like other tradesmen word of mouth is the best reference. Ask family members or relatives to recommend a plumber based on their experiences. Even if they are unable to recommend you a good plumber based on these experiences, then there is a good chance that they will be able to tell you which plumbers to avoid which is also very important. This will allow you to narrow down your list and your search will become that bit easier.
When you eventually find a good plumber, it is important to build up a good relationship. It is very difficult to find a quality tradesmen who ticks all the right boxes so if you eventually find the right one it is important to maintain a good relationship. This may also help when you are trying to negotiate a special discount or friendly price. Take your new plumbers number and put in a safe place where you can easily contact them in the case of an emergency.
When looking for a plumber in Cork, I highly recommend checking out PES Plumbers Cork. I have been using them for over 10 years. In my experience there are definitely one of the best plumbers in Cork.