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WaterSafe approved plumbers are certified by our national accreditation body, with specific training in the UK’s Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
Hiring a WaterSafe approved plumber ensures that all plumbing work meets high standards and protects the quality of drinking water in your home and business, in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
When planning a plumbing project, you may wish to hire specialised contractors, rather than a fully qualified WaterSafe Plumber.
These Water Support Services contractors include:
These contractors are not approved WaterSafe plumbers, but they are recognised by the water company schemes APLUS, TAPS, WaterMark and WIAPS to carry out specific types of work in compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
Groundworkers can work on the supply pipe (the underground pipe) supplying your property, up to the internal stop valve.
Catering Installers can install commercial kitchen equipment.
Point of Use Installers can install cold water chillers connected directly to the mains.
For further information or help, you should contact the relevant water company scheme.
Find a local WaterSafe approved plumber to help with your emergency.
For leaks, burst pipes, or other plumbing emergencies, WaterSafe’s emergency search will give you the contact details of a plumber who can help right away.
If you have no water, very low pressure or concerns about the quality of your water, you should contact your local water company straight away.
At this time of keen competition and heightened job pressures, new research from WaterSafe, the UK’s leading plumbing assurance scheme, has revealed that today’s busy plumbers are increasingly using smart technology to help them work more efficiently on the job.
In a poll of WIAPS installers, conducted on behalf of WaterSafe, a huge 93% of stated they now use smart technology as part of their day-to-day work life, whether it’s a smart phone, laptop or tablet. Key reasons for using such technology include downloading technical instructions (86%), followed by sourcing specification advice, ordering products and seeking information on legislation
The survey shows the full extent to which smart technology has become aligned to the trade profession. Of those polled, two in five (42%) admitted they would be lost without it, while 39% use it very often. Not surprising given two thirds (64%) say it has helped make their business more efficient, followed by aiding professionalism and optimising customer contact.
Tellingly, against the backdrop of increased legislation and an explosion of innovation, three quarters (75%) asserted that the role of the plumber has changed dramatically in recent years with an increased onus on providing consultancy and product advice. Fortunately then, it would appear that such technology is helping to lighten the load with a whopping 87% stating they use it to keep abreast of new legislation, industry changes and innovations.
Julie Spinks of WaterSafe, comments: “Clearly, the results show the advent of smart technology has gonefar beyond personal use and is having a profoundly positive affect on the plumbing sector.
“While the economy is on the up and opportunity is increasing, that is not to say that the industry isn’t without its challenges; with plumbers under pressure to meet tight deadlines and keep cost down. Therefore, it is fantastic to see that the use of smart technology, enabling plumbers to do everything from keeping in contact with customers to specifying products on the go, is helping plumbers work more efficiently."