hamish the plumber, hamish erskine, plumbers in exeter, reviews
hamish the plumber, hamish erskine, plumbers in exeter, reviews
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115 Reviews on Google,
23 on Facebook
28 on Exeter.co.uk, 18 on Yell

Probably the UK’s best-reviewed plumber

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Hamish the Plumber
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Emergency Plumbing Repairs
A same or next day response in Exeter and within a 10 mile radius.
Availability

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Today: - No, sorry
Tomorrow: - No, sorry
Working hours: Mainly Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
This evening: - No, sorry
Tomorrow: - No, sorry
Working hours: Mainly Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Rates
1st hour £75 (minimum charge), then £60 per hour in 5 minute increments.
Reasons why I am temporarily not taking plumbing bookings
I am currently working on a project to launch a second business that I hope to run alongside my plumbing. For the next month or so I need to devote some focussed time to it.

I have been intending to launch this for the last couple of years but have been so busy plumbing I haven't made the progress I intended. If you are curious, you can follow my progress at Hamish.com
How to contact me at the moment
Although I am temporarily not taking plumbing bookings, I am still contactable by leaving a voicemail on 07943 179048.
How I Work
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I often hear it said, “You can’t find a plumber when you need one”, or “You can’t find a plumber to do the small jobs”.

I try to meet these two needs for availability and small jobs. By charging a slight premium for a same or next day response, I can usually provide availability. And as long as you don't mind paying a minimum one-hour labour charge, I don't mind how small the job is.

At the top of this page, you can always check my availability for today and tomorrow, as I update this morning and evening, and on-the-fly from my mobile if I go out on a job.

I especially fix toilets and taps, but also deal with shower problems, leaks, blockages and the like.

Not being a gas plumber, I don’t do boilers and I don't classify myself as a heating engineer. Although I am quite capable of dealing with radiator issues, these are not usually urgent in nature. Because they often involve a drain-down and recommissioning of the system afterwards, they often take a bit longer than people anticipate. So while I am charging premium rates for a same or next day service, you might prefer to choose a normal heating engineer for radiator issues.

I arrive at a job with an expectation of fixing the problem and charge according to my published hourly rate. That way you pay for how long the job actually takes, and I never overcharge. I carry a good stock of common plumbing parts in my van which helps me provide an efficient service. More often than not I am able to complete the job without having to go and buy parts, which minimises my labour charge.

Although I am currently charging premium rates for a same or next day service, they are still less than most plumbing hotlines charge for an emergency response. So my charges are still within my commitment to 'reasonable pricing' in the context of an emergency plumbing service. If your job doesn't justify paying for a same or next day response, please see my list of Recommended Local Plumbers.

According to my reviews, many people are impressed by how efficiently I work and get the job done. For detailed price guidance, please see my pricing page.
If I'm unavailable, or for any other service:
Recommended Local Plumbers & Trades
PLUMBERS

Paul Kent, 07522 998989 - Gas safe, specialises in boiler installation, but does all types of plumbing, including bathroom installation. Doesn’t do tiling himself, but has someone he uses for tiling.

Paul Kane, 07811 975399 - Gas safe, specialises in boiler breakdowns and servicing

Andy Humphries, 07770 306096 - Gas safe, specialises in boiler breakdowns and servicing

Nigel Wyatt, 07877 110678 - General plumber

Chris Robson, 07890 001457 - Specialist in bathroom refurbishment

Paul Hill, 07967 015778 - Complete bathroom and kitchen fitting, including tiling

Gary Lord, 07976 519494 - General plumber

Gary Taylor, 07956 578244 - General plumber

Dyno-Rod Drains, 01392 461043 - Drain specialists - I don’t know them personally, but if you have a serious drain problem expect them to have specialist drain-unblocking equipment beyond what a normal plumber usually has. Having said that, I am fairly well equipped for drains myself, and I recently unblocked drains at a property where Dyno-Rod had given up and told the customer to call a plumber! However I don't have a camera for doing a 'drainoscopy'.

EMERGENCIES
Although I do provide emergency plumbing repairs, as a sole trader, my availability is limited. If you have an emergency and neither me nor any of the above are available, try searching for ‘plumbers exeter’ on Google Maps and work your way down the list. The advantage of using Google Maps, as opposed to the main Google page, is that the plumbers listed should be genuine local plumbers, and not national firms pretending to be local with 01392 virtual phone numbers.

NOT-SO-RECOMMENDED
In a real emergency, if you really can’t find a local plumber you may just have to try your luck with one of the emergency plumbing hotlines. By definition, they should be able to get you someone within 1-2 hours, 24 / 7, but expect to pay as much as £100 per hour during normal hours, and more for out-of-hours. With these kind of hotlines, if the job lasts 1 hour and 5 minutes, they will probably charge you for 2 hours. These firms spend so much on advertising that they make little profit on one hour jobs. Their real profit comes from the 2nd hour and beyond, so don’t necessarily expect the plumber to work very speedily. But they may be better than having your house flooded. Here are some as listed in Thomson Directory:
Emergency Response, 1 hour service, 01392 308499
24 hour service hotline 0800 046 3510
24 hour service, 1-2 hr response 01392 797418
PlumberInExeter 01392 797412
Drains24seven, 1 hour response, 0800 130 3524


CARPENTERS AND KITCHEN FITTERS
Alistair Taylor (AJT Carpentry), 07917 717089

ELECTRICIANS
Gareth Symons, 07931 558571

DECORATORS
Andrew Baker, 07554 951915 - Internal and External decorating

PLASTERERS
John, 07932 239044


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My Services
I specialise in small plumbing repairs, including:

Toilets
Taps
Showers
Leaks
Blockages
Washing machine plumbing

For detailed guidance on each of these, please see my Pricing Guide.

For non-urgent jobs, bathroom fitting, boiler installations or jobs involving gas, please see my drop-down list of ‘Recommended Local Plumbers’ above.
My Commitments
I seek to provide a service that includes:

Professionalism
Punctuality
Good communication
Transparency
Efficiency
Reasonable pricing
Quality of work and parts fitted
Personal Service
Trustworthiness
Tidiness
Guarantees
Insurance

Do I live up to these? Find out by reading my reviews
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My Plumbing Qualifications
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6129 Plumbing Level 2
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NVQ Plumbing Level 2
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Water Regulations 1999 (WRAS)
I do general plumbing, but not gas.
Awards
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    Hamish Erskine, Hamish the Plumber, Plumbers in Exeter, Scoot Awards 2016

    Hamish wins GOLD - Best Sole Trader in UK Building & Construction sector

  • Hamish the Plumber, Build Awards 2015, Best Plumbing Services Specialist in Devon

    “The firm’s dedication and friendly, customer focused approach was what brought them to the attention of our awards team”

For more information, please visit my Awards Page

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