Monthly Archives: July 2015

What You Should Know Before Hiring a Local Harrogate Plumber

plumber installing a bathroomMistakes in plumbing installation or repairs can often be disastrous. They can also lead to heavy repair costs and a lot of inconveniences. It is therefore very essential to consider the plumber to hire in order to get the best value of your money and avoid the risks involved. The following are things you should consider before hiring a plumber in Harrogate town.


Plumbing Qualifications:

You should ensure that you hire a plumber with the qualifications required to work cautiously and competently. It is therefore important to ask the plumber his/her level of experience and qualifications. Furthermore, the plumber should possess the relevant certificates as a proof of the plumbing courses attended.


Plumbing License and Registration:
The plumber should be licensed and registered. A license is necessary as it confirms that the plumber has completed the relevant coursework. A registered plumber with a plumbing organization may receive regular training and his work is assessed annually. Registered plumbers also normally work under a prescribed code of conduct. Therefore licensed and registered plumbers can do their work more effectively and efficiently.


Plumber Insurance:

You should ensure that the plumber has legitimate public liability insurance policy. This covers you in case a risk occurs during plumbing installation or repairs. The plumbing company should also have a valid insurance policy on workers compensation in case a worker is injured while working in your home. This may relieve you the cost involved in treatment of such a worker.


Recommendations and References:

You should consult family, friends and other people who had been served by the plumber in a similar job. The social media like the Facebook can also provide an avenue where one can check reviews and comments about a particular plumber. All these will enable you to compare and contrast the various plumbers and settle on one to hire.


The estimated Cost:

Professional plumbers normally want to visit a site in order to evaluate the work and give proper cost estimates. A plumber who just hear of a project over the phone and give estimated costs may not be reliable. This is because the estimates maybe inaccurate. You should therefore insist that the plumber visit your home to see what you want done. It is also imperative to get estimated costs on the same job from at least three independent plumbers. This will enable you to make significant comparisons and select the best offer. You should ensure that there are no hidden costs. In case a plumber offers coupons, they should be evaluated carefully to ensure they are not misleading.


A written Contract:

The plumber should be willing to enter into a written contract. The contract should include clear details like; the intended work, time schedules, name of any subcontractors, the quality of materials to be used, warranties and terms of payment. The written contract may cushion you in future if the plumber fails to honor the terms and conditions of the contract. This is because you can take legal action.

By considering the above factors, you can a hire a plumber who will offer you a superb plumbing service.

Add Buttons to Your Phone

Wow! I just watched this youtube video where the guy demonstrates a set of stick-on buttons that he refers to as “nipples”. Basically you just stick them onto the back of your android phone and launch an app in order to configure which app you want to launch with each button. You can then activate things like the camera and torch at the touch of an external button.

Looks a bit ugly and no clue how they work with no power, but I’m gonna get some!