Leaking taps, clogged toilet, gutters that need to be replaced… For all jobs that are directly or indirectly related to water, call the plumber. But where can you find a good plumber? The profession of plumber is no longer as self-evident as it used to be. There are fewer and fewer people who want to practice as a plumber, which means there are fewer and fewer professionals who practice the profession. The profession of plumber has also become much broader. Plumbers no longer cast parts. They are more often repairers and installers. Originally, the plumber was a man who poured lead and thus cast eaves, gutters, strips, lead pipes and other parts of lead. Nowadays a good plumber is at home in several markets. Modern plumbers are no longer only concerned with leaks (or with the molding of metal (or nowadays often plastic) products, which now takes place much more often in factories, but also with roofing, unblocking gutters, the installation and maintenance of heating systems, waterproofing pipes, windows, roofs. Also installing sanitary facilities, central heating boilers and water pipes, or the so-called ‘pulling pipes’ and keeping everything in good condition, etc. Also installing sewers and keeping them watertight or repairing damage pipes, blockages, leaks, broken toilet floats, and so on, are part of the job of a plumber.
Have a central heating boiler installed, by whom?
Today’s plumbers are also computer savvy as modern equipment, such as boilers, for example, are operated digitally. So if you need a new central heating boiler, call the plumber. Before you have a central heating boiler installed, it is best to first find out about economy, costs, reviews of central heating boilers and the like. Also view complaints about central heating boilers. Compare central heating boilers and prices. Once you have decided which type of boiler you want to have installed, get a quote from a few different plumbers or central heating installers.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of aging in the plumber’s field these days. Old plumbers are overrepresented because there are fewer and fewer young professionals. Moreover, it is a tough profession, which means that people are more likely to become physically worn out. Young professionals are becoming scarcer because they do not always have the motivation to obtain multiple diplomas, but fortunately they are still there.
Plumber, where can you find a good one?
A good plumber is a plumber who is motivated to do his work and who has the required papers and/or experience. Word of mouth is often the best advertising for a plumber. A plumber who does his job well will automatically get several customers. You can also check whether a (larger) plumbing company has the Uneto VNI accreditation. Companies can only become members if certain diplomas have been obtained by at least one plumber from the company. For small jobs you can also look at websites where services are offered. For large jobs you can consult the yellow pages or the internet. Ask others if they have had good experience with plumbers and approximately how much it cost. You can then draw the plumber’s attention to his good name. All professionals like it when they receive recognition for their work. A good plumber will give you clear (written) insight into the work and the price in advance by means of a quotation.
Plumber, how much does it cost?
A plumber is not cheap, partly because there is a shortage of plumbers. You should take into account amounts of approximately 50 to 75 euros per hour (2015). It depends on the job and the work that needs to be done, as well as the cost of materials. Also for repairs, always request a written quote in advance and make clear agreements about the delivery time.
Diplomas that plumbers (can) obtain
- Middle class diploma
- Professional diploma
- GAWALO diploma (recognizes Gasfitter, Waterfitter and Plumber)
Young aspiring plumbers usually follow a course (lower secondary education (or equivalent) in plumbing and sanitary works) where they are trained in practice to become plumbers. They gain work experience supplemented by internships at companies.