Plumbing Trade Magazine is supporting Quality Plumber Week (1 - 9 October 2018) to celebrate the skilled work plumbing and heating engineers carry out every day.
Organised by Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), the fifth 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.
In 2018 APHC will be promoting the importance of continuous skills development to the industry and reminding the public about the importance of choosing an appropriately qualified plumbing and heating engineer, providing advice for sourcing a quality plumber and reminding consumers to always check credentials.
Victoria Galligan, editor at Plumbing Trade Magazine, commented: “We are so pleased that initiatives like Quality Plumber Week run. Plumbing can be a tough job, especially when working in extreme temperatures, small spaces and with pressure to complete a job quickly and properly. So APHC’s recognition of people who are working so hard and still putting the quality of the job first is really important.”
John Thompson, Chief Executive, APHC added: “Quality Plumber Week aims to unite the plumbing industry to showcase the important work that we do in keeping society healthy, warm and safe. I hope that everyone will come together to celebrate our industry and help raise the awareness amongst consumers of the many highly qualified and proficient professionals that we have in our industry.
“By raising the reputation of the industry we are also educating consumers to ensure their plumber is fully qualified for the job they are working on.”
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.