In the United Kingdom the professional body is the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (educational charity status) and it is true that the trade still remains virtually ungoverned; there are no systems in place to monitor or control the activities of unqualified plumbers or those home owners who choose to undertake installation and maintenance works themselves, despite the health and safety issues which arise from such works when they are undertaken incorrectly; see Health Aspects of Plumbing (HAP) published jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Plumbing Council (WPC). WPC has subsequently appointed a representative to the World Health Organization to take forward various projects related to Health Aspects of Plumbing.
It does help in regards to procedures and rules in order to better understand your options. Obviously cost is always an issue and the size of the company probably determine the labor cost. That is why some times people take chances with "others' hoping that there have good experience but because they are independent operators there pricing might be more flexible.
I needed a neutral place to research plumbing jobs: had the suspicion I was being 'led down a garden path' because I knew nothing - other than how expensive it was and how urgent 'do it NOW!" it was. I appreciate the cost estimate and national average pages which confirmed my suspicions. I found another plumber through this site and hope for better, less panic, less cost service from now on. Thanks.
Baker Brothers Plumbing offers both residential and commercial plumbing services including tank and tankless water heater replacement and maintenance; drain and sewer repairs or replacement; drain cleaning, clearing and jetting; pipe lining and pipe replacement; repipe; gas line repair; slab leak detection and slab leak repair; bathroom and kitchen faucet installation; garbage disposal repair and installation; and most general plumbing repairs in most or all of the following Dallas, TX ZIP Codes: 75229, 75230, 75225, 75220, 75209, 75219, 75247, 75212, 75235, 75201, 75207, 75248, 75287, 75252, 75244, 75254, 75240, 75251, 75248-1713, 75214, 75228, 75243, 75238, 75218, 75206, 75231, 75204, 75226, 75246, 75227, 75208, 75217, 75232, 75224, 75211, 75241, 75215, 75233, 75253, 75216, 75223, 75237, 75249, 75203, 75210
Most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn their trade through a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship. Apprentices typically receive 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training, as well as some classroom instruction, each year. In the classroom, apprentices learn safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and blueprint reading. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry. Apprenticeship programs are offered by unions and businesses. Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some start out as helpers. The Home Builders Institute offers a pre-apprenticeship training program in plumbing and other trades.