The winter season is rapidly approaching, bringing with it a whole host of problems for all types of people, including frozen and burst pipes, leaks and other plumbing emergencies. Sometimes these can be fixed with relative ease but in some unfortunate circumstances, a professional may be required to carry out repairs which require a gas safety registered company.
Over the last few months, criminals have targeted the more vulnerable of us in society and as a result, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) have issued a warning to check the validity of heating and plumbing tradesmen. According to the charity, a minority of cheats and criminals are putting homeowners at risk.
The Director of International Development stated that there are thousands of professionally rained and fully certified tradesman and companies out there who are 100% above board, however there are always those who seek opportunistic crimes on the doorstep of homeowners and there is a real necessity for people to be aware and take precautions.
Here are a few key areas to pay great consideration to in order to stay safe against the criminals in the winter season.
Always request ID
No matter what, the first thing to do to avoid being scammed on your doorstep is to request to see ID immediately. Regardless of if you have used the sane company for your plumbing and heating repairs, ensure you ask for ID each and every visit. Nobody will be offended by your asking and this is the simplest yet most effective method for staying safe and preventing crime. All gas safe engineers and tradesmen will carry a Gas Safe ID Card and should usually show you without you requesting to see it.
Check for accreditations and memberships
Many installers and registered companies will have accreditations with professional bodies and associations like Which? Or CIPHE. Always check and see which, if any associations your tradesman has as it will speak volumes as to the quality of service you will receive. By checking this you can rest assure your repair work is being carried out in adherence to a set of professional quality standards and will only have your best interests at heart.
Find a trusted professional
If you do not know where to start to find a reputable and credible company or tradesman to undertake your repairs, why not have a look online for someone who meets your criteria? The CIPHE website for instance has a specific area to find a professional and all are fully qualified and registered individuals for the ultimate peace of mind, no matter the repair work. You can always check for reviews or references from previous customers to ensure you receive the quality of service you are looking for. Finally, all our listed professional are fully reputable and have access to good quality parts and fitting to undertake repairs such as a brass hose tail or central heating equipment.