Finding a Plumber

How do I find a plumber in my area?

The WaterSafe website has a list of local approved plumbing businesses that it has already vetted. If you need to find a local approved plumbing business, use our postcode search facility. 

Are there approved plumbing businesses throughout the UK?

Yes. There are approved plumbing businesses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

What if I can’t find an approved plumbing business close to me?

If you can’t find an approved plumbing business nearby, don’t worry. Some plumbers will travel to get to you. Use the WaterSafe search facility to expand your search to a wider area. By entering the first part of another postcode in your county, district or borough, you will have a better chance of getting results.

Why can’t WaterSafe arrange for a plumber to visit my house or business premises instead of giving me numbers to ring?

WaterSafe aims to give customers the best possible choice of approved plumbing businesses. We list those businesses in each postcode area and leave the final decision up to you, safe in the knowledge that each one of our member businesses employs plumbers who are suitably qualified and competent to do the work.

What is a WaterSafe approved plumbing business?

A WaterSafe approved plumbing businesses must already be an eligible member of one of the seven existing Approved Contractor Schemes that make up WaterSafe. These are:

  • The Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme (WIAPS)
  • Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC)
  • Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) Approved Contractor Persons
  • Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) Water Regulations Approved Contractors’ Scheme
  • Anglian Water’s A Plus
  • Severn Trent’s WaterMark
  • Thames Water’s TAPS

WaterSafe requires each member to employ suitably qualified and competent individuals. Each WaterSafe approved business must also have £2 million of public liability insurance, and employers’ liability cover – where appropriate – of £5 million in place.

WaterSafe requires each approved plumbing business to be audited within the first 12 months of membership as a minimum. Existing members are also audited on a regular basis.

To be suitably qualified, plumbers employed by a WaterSafe approved plumbing business are required to have a minimum of an NVQ level 2 in a plumbing related discipline and have a Water Fittings Regulations qualification.

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