Plumbers often get a bad press in this country. They are often portrayed as over-expensive and unreliable. I’m pleased to say that my recent experiences contradict this image. There are two rules to getting a good plumber: (1) ask neighbours for recommendations and (2) get someone local. I have followed these rule assiduously and for several years I have been able to call upon the services of a plumber who is very obliging and reasonably priced.

On Sunday, we found that no water was coming from the kitchen hot water tap and by Monday morning the same was true of the bath hot tap, We also had a blocked sink. My friendly, local plumber came out on Monday morning and spent three hours here. Total cost £70.

I had to call him out for another problem on Wednesday morning. Total cost £0.