HOMEOWNERS in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire are being reminded to make sure any plumbing work is carried out properly this summer.
Severn Trent Water, in partnership with WaterSafe is highlighting the problems that can happen when using a tradesperson without proper qualifications.
It is advising people not to choose a plumber based only on the cost of a job. Water fittings regulations manager Ian Mitchell is also advising people against carrying out the work themselves.
He said: "Not using a properly qualified plumber is not only dangerous, it's a false economy and could end up costing the homeowner a lot of money and a lot of hassle to put right.
"The average cost to put a job right comes in at a whopping £426."