Hamish The Plumber

Hamish Erskine, Hamish the Plumber, Plumbers in Salisbury, Washing machine plumbing

Plumbing for Washing Machines and Dishwashers

I am happy to help if you need a washing machine or dishwasher to be plumbed in or connected. If the machine has a fault then you need a domestic appliance engineer.

£75 for up to an hour + parts (Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm within 10 miles of Salisbury), then £60/hr to the nearest 0.1 hour. For jobs exceeding two hours it's simply £60 per hour, start to finish, plus parts. I am not VAT registered, so there is no additional VAT to pay on my labour. My rates are based on the Average UK Plumber day rate as published by Checkatrade.

If there is already plumbing for the appliance, connecting a new machine is likely to be a quick job. Quite often the shut-off valve on the supply pipe needs replacing if it is old and seized or leaking. If you want your machine installed where there hasn't been one previously, then the installation will take longer. Generally speaking, the closer it is to the kitchen sink, the easier and quicker the installation will be.

Feasibility of Install
If you haven't bought the appliance yet but are just wondering whether installation is possible in a given location, I am happy to make a free inspection visit to advise. Most modern washing machines and dishwashers only need a cold supply from the mains, plus a connection for the discharge hose to the waste. If the machine is to be installed close to the kitchen sink, then it is usually straightforward, and the discharge hose can be attached to a spigot on the trap under the sink. This may involve changing the trap under the sink if there isn't already a spare spigot to attach to. In other locations, the machine will need its own standpipe trap to be plumbed into an available drain or waste pipe. This is only possible is there is sufficient fall, as waste water must flow naturally under gravity from a standpipe trap.

Blocked Waste Pipe
If your machine is not draining properly, it is possible there is a blockage in the waste pipe and I am happy to investigate.

Leaking Washing Machines
This may be caused by a leaking supply hose connection, either where it attaches to the shut-off valve on the supply pipe, or where it connects to the back of the machine. If the machine leaks during the discharge part of the cycle, a blockage in the waste pipe may be causing the standpipe trap to overflow, or it is possible the discharge pump is faulty and leaking.

Washing Machine Repairs
If the machine has an internal fault that needs repairing, then you need a 'Domestic Appliance Engineer', not a plumber. If you're not sure whether it is a plumbing issue or an appliance fault, call me and I will try to advise.
Because my focus is on small plumbing repairs and maintenance, I publish my hourly rate and charge accordingly for my time. Consequently, I don't normally get involved if expected to quote for my time. If you click on the buttons above you will find general guidance for various job types and roughly how long they usually take. For more specific guidance, please email me or WhatsApp me photos of what you need doing and I will happily discuss over the phone. For jobs where parts will need to be identified and ordered, as long as you are happy with my hourly rate, I am happy to make an inspection visit to work out what might be needed, to discuss the cost of different possible parts, and to give a rough estimate as to how long I think the job might take. But for larger installation jobs, or if you are just at the stage of gathering several quotes, I am probably not the right person for you. With my focus on small repairs and maintenance, I fill a very particular niche. Plumbing jobs that are my priority are often not a priority to other plumbers, and vice versa. Each to their own!

Salisbury's Best-Reviewed Local Plumber

Stephen Dunn, May 2020
Hamish came and sorted out our new dishwasher connection problem within an hour or being contacted. He was prompt, well presented and did a first class job leaving the work area clean and tidy. I cannot praise him enough and I highly recommend him. We shall certainly use him again.
Ruairi Fullam, January 2020
Hamish did a fantastic job installing my new dishwasher at short notice - advised also on electrical works required and left the area immaculately clean. I'd highly recommend him for any plumbing work!
Ana Aguiar, August 2019
Hamish installed a dishwasher + a washing machine and fixed a few other things in the house I've just bought. Friendly, efficient, clean and tidy. I certainly recommend his services.
Ben Hudson, July 2019
Hamish did a great job sorting out a leaky washing machine pipe and helping us plumb in new appliances to our new home. Was on time, efficient, helpful, friendly and very reasonably priced. I would have no hesitation recommending him to friends, and would use him again.

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Hamish the Plumber
16 Ashlands, Salisbury, SP4 6DY
Hamish the Plumber
16 Ashlands, Salisbury, SP4 6DY

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