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Botched DIY boost for plumbers

A new survey has found that plumbers are more likely than any other trade to have to fix DIY disasters caused by their customers.
The research, commissioned by Swinton Commercial, found that 20% of plumbers estimate that that fixing dodgy DIY attempts often accounts for as much as 84% of their workloads.

The study showed that all those surveyed felt that most amateur DIY attempts resulted from people believing it would be cheaper to do the jobs themselves rather than hiring a professional, thinking skilled plumbing jobs were easy (42.9%), or because they worried they would get ripped – off by rogue-traders (42%).

More than 25% of plumbers said they were regularly called out to fix DIY mishaps at businesses, while they all said that over ambitious DIYers were guilty of putting themselves and others at risk.

Over half said they thought it was a growing trend.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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