This is how I feel right now. And no, it’s not because I haven’t had a day off since the 4th of September although that probably doesn’t help. It’s plumbers. They’re the bane of my existence. Every single time they come out to do a job they stuff something up. Every. Single. Time.

First there was the plumber who we called to fix a water leak but who did nothing other than decide it was the central heating that was leaking (which it wasn’t). He then handed the job over to British Gas who proceeded to destroy the neighbour’s kitchen ceiling and not actually fix anything at all.

Next our toilet started leaking, the plumber had a look, didn’t fix it, but left the cistern lid sitting on the bathroom bench. Now for most toilets this wouldn’t be an issue except that our toilet’s cistern is hidden in a cupboard with no handle and it took me days to figure out how to put the lid back. When the next plumber came and also forgot – they all forget – I at least knew what to do. But the same plumber also put the front of the toilet back the wrong way so that instead of the flush button being on the right of the toilet, where it usually is, it was on the left. This was immensely irritating.

Then last week I had to call the plumber again to replace a washer on an outdoor tap. They ended up replacing the entire tap but now none of my hose attachments fit it. I have about half a dozen different attachments but because it’s a universal fitting they’re all the same. Yet the plumber installed a tap which doesn’t fit this universal fitting.

14 thoughts on “This is what plumbers do to you

  1. Eh eh eh that’s really unfortunate and frustrating at the same time… I had leaks from the neighbour’s bath upstairs and after a week of waiting and rain in the kitchen now they tell us it will be a week work… it’s like the bevendo neverending story eh eh

  2. I feel for you, I really do! And it is sooo expensive! What was that with the none standard tap??
    I’m lucky that my husband will do most small repairs, even to fitting new toilets etc.

    1. What was that with the none standard tap??

      I don’t know and I’m not sure what to do. I want to ask them what hose fitting I can use – there probably isn’t one – but I also don’t want them to come back in case they stuff up something else.

      1. We had very old tap fittings when we moved in here and rather than change everything we managed to find an ‘adaptor’ that you screw on the tap so all the fittings then fit again.
        Is it possible to measure the tap size and maybe look for an adaptor at a hardware store?

  3. Did the plumber take away the old tap? To my understanding all outside taps come with a thread cut into them that takes a small plastic or brass threaded connector that ends in a male connector with an o ring washer that connects to all of the universal connectors you have. If he fitted anything else by way of a tap I think he needs to replace it with a suitable one at his cost, but I can’t believe he would have used anything but a standard outside tap. I hope this helps, forgive me if I have misunderstood.

      1. I think you may have had a brass connector and the plumber has taken it away with the tap. I’ll email you a pic of the bit I think you need. 🙂

  4. I feel your pain. We had one out because the switch on the boiler wasn’t working. His solution was to install an expensive smart thermostat, but he completely failed to address the issue with the switch, so it still doesn’t work. Fortunately we’re still renting so we don’t have to pay for this kind of thing. Need to find a reliable plumber before we move!

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