Kent, Sussex and Surrey

We are based in The South East of England and West Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and parts of Surrey. As the head office in Southborough lies on the cusp of three borders we can be in three counties within three hours!

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Guide Map of area Coverage

We have several plumbers and engineers working and living within the South East areas of Crowborough, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Westerham, Tonbridge and East Grinstead. With engineers also residing in Heathfield and Burwash, Bromley and Swanley, we do have Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey within our domain.

Working in the South East

We have collaborated in these areas for many years now, and the Plumbers and Heating engineers have a vast knowledge of the roads and streets. It’s our policy to see that they are well equipped with satellite navigation systems, directional maps and road surveys and as much information as possible from the office on their electronic job sheets. We are growing day by day, and we aim to increase our workforce by at least 35% per year, this forecast, which is based on the actual calculated figures of the last two years. Enabling us at Ability to see that you the customer is within our reach wherever you are in the areas we cover.

Finally, it’s not a problem for us to consider travelling out of our area, out of our way to you, if you would like to use us as a company and pay our travel allowance charges. This is subject to our availability, however, why not give us a call and see if we can help you in your situation. Our primary 24-hour office number is 0800 889 015. We will endeavour to assist you, and if we can help you, then it is our aim to keep our customer base growing.

Do You Need a Plumber In The South East?

Plumber South East

We are Plumbers in the South East. We have been established for almost 40 years. Our South East plumbers are fully qualified.

Need a boiler repair in the South East?

Plumbing in the South East is what we do. So, call our plumbers in the South East today for a free quotation and no additional call out charge.

If you need a plumber in the South East, then look no further! At Ability, we’re here to help you with all of your plumbing needs, find out the answers you need right here.

Have you been searching for the perfect plumbers in the South East near Kent? We are Ability, a professional and family-run business that has been operating for over 35 years, and we can help you today. We are fully certified to carry out a variety of jobs so, if you are looking for local plumbers in the South East, we hope you will look no further than us.

Why Do I Need a Professional Plumber?

The idea of “hiring a man in” can make any DIY enthusiast’s face turn sour but some jobs should always be left to the professionals. When it comes to your water, gas or electrical systems, one wrong move can spell disaster.

Rather than fumbling your way through a complicated repair, you do not entirely understand, call us here at Ability. Our experienced plumbers in the South East area have the expertise to fix any plumbing job faster and more efficiently than you can. We can also recognise a broader problem much quicker than you. What might be a poorly running tap to you could, indicate a much broader issue to our expert eye. In this instance, we can advise you on your best cause of action before severe or lasting damage can be allowed to happen.

Plus, you have to think of the insurance. Attempting a repair, yourself or hiring a general handyman could result in an accident that could give you a hefty hike in your insurance premiums. Our expert employees are fully insured to carry out work at your property, no matter what plumbing issues are thrown our way.

Do not fret about how you are going to tackle a potentially tricky repair. Leave it in the hands of an experienced and reliable professional like us.

Finding the Right Plumber for You

When most people need a plumber, they reach for a directory or a search engine and pick the first they find. At Ability, we know that by contacting us you have found a reliable plumbing service, and we hope we can prove it to you. We are local plumbers based in our South East office, and as a business we have years of experience and repeat customers, never mind as individual engineers.

Reputable Plumbers in the South East?

Disreputable “cowboy” plumbers can abandon you halfway through a job, overcharge you, or botch their work leaving you in a potentially more dangerous situation than when you made your initial call. Our recommendations and reputation should speak for themselves, but we know that is not always enough for customers. When hiring a plumber, they should always be registered with CIPHE (Chartered Institutes of Plumbing and Heating Engineering) and anyone even thinking about taking a look at your gas boiler needs to be Gas Safe Registered.

Any professional plumber worth their salt will have these accreditations. For your peace of mind, always hire from an accredited and reputable source, and we happen to be one! All our engineers are Gas Safe Registered, so you know cowboys are not handling a job.

Of course, it is also essential to hire a plumber within your budget. We offer highly competitive prices that cannot be beaten on quality and cost. If you find a better quote at one of our competitors, let us know, and we will try our best to match it.

So, What Can My Plumber Do for Me?

We don’t just fix leaky pipes and dripping taps (although if you need that done, we are more than happy to do it!). We have also fully accredited engineers to help with anything to do with your boilers. From boiler repairs to boiler services, our guys in theSouth East can deal with it all. Our engineers are fully qualified to handle any problem with electric, gas or oil boilers.

Our gas engineers can also assist you with other gas-powered appliances. From fires to cookers, if there is gas involved, we will make sure your installation and repairs are top-quality.

We also, of course, deal with anything to do with water in your home. Whether you indeed want that annoying drippy kitchen tap fixed or you want an entirely new suite installed in the upstairs bathroom, we can do it for you.

Are you a business owner looking for a new reliable plumbing contractor in the South East area? We specialise in commercial heating systems and already have contracts with many local schools, councils and other commercial properties. Our engineers are fully qualified to work on your property in a whole host of different jobs. To find out more about our commercial contracts, contact our office today.

Help, It’s an Emergency!

Plumbing or heating disasters can happen at any time. Has a pipe burst? Has your boiler mysteriously decided to stop working on the coldest day of the year? Are you smelling gas and have no idea why? Have no fear! You might think finding someone to come to fix your problem last minute would be difficult but finding an emergency plumber in the South East is as easy as picking up the phone.

Emergency plumbers are first and foremost available to halt any damage to you and your property. If they have the parts in the van, they can fix everything there at the initial callout. However, if your problem requires a bit more help, your plumber will secure the site and make it safe for you again. When that is out of the way, they will give you a quote for the overall job and make an appointment to get back to you as soon as they have the necessary part.

We at Ability offer a 24/7 Emergency service. No matter what time of day or night, if you have an emergency then give us a ring. We operate our phones 24/7, and we will do our best to answer your call and get someone out to you as soon as possible.

Got Any Questions?

So, you do not have an emergency. You instead might have some concerns about a more significant or a more long-term project. Perhaps you need a new bathroom suite fitted, and you are concerned about how long you won’t have a toilet for. Are you worried about the cost of installing a new boiler? There are many valid questions you need to ask your plumber. Just remember that there is no such thing as a stupid question. We are the experts, and we want you to be entirely at peace and happy with our decisions as we complete your job.

For further guidance or even just a simple enquiry, contact us today.

Are you further out in Kent and still needing plumbing services? Do not worry, and we serve the more extensive area too with offices in East Grinstead, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells; helping to keep the pipes of Kent running clear and free. We can cover West Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex and parts of Surrey from our whole network of offices so, if you live in one of these areas, contact us with any of your plumbing problems.

If you are still concerned that you are a little too far away to take advantage of our fantastic services, give us a ring and we will do our absolute best to accommodate your needs.

Ability Plumbers in the South East

 Plumbing Q&A: Everything You Need to Know

Nobody wishes to dwell on it, but there will come a time when you’ll require the services of a plumber. It’s largely unavoidable, much like death and taxes; yet nowhere near as gloomy, obviously. Therefore it’s imperative that you have a rough idea of what constitutes a good plumbing service and moreover, what qualifies a good plumber; in terms of being considered a good plumber that is. And not just certification; although that’s hugely important.

Always Seek Out a Reputable Plumber

More often than not the general public will reach for a local directory, or alternatively type the search term, ‘local plumbers’ into Google, and away they’ll go. And inevitably if the developing situation with their leaky taps, or boiler on the blink, is pressing enough, they’ll get in touch with the first plumbing service they see. Of course, if you key in ‘emergency plumber South East’ or ‘boiler repair South East, then there’s a good chance that alphabetically, Ability would appear pretty much near the top of your search.

Keep the Number of a Good Plumber to Hand

But you don’t want to take a chance on that, and instead have our number already on speed dial or pinned to the notice board in your kitchen. Seeking out a dependable plumber poses the same pitfalls as finding any other trades service in your locality, and opt for the wrong firm and it might just end up being the start of your problems, rather than the end. It’s not unheard of for some disreputable plumbers to make matters worse and add further woes by not completing the job properly.

Why do I need to hire a qualified plumber, as a friend told me a general handyman can fix basic plumbing issues?

Because no matter how good you think your DIY skills are (or those of a general handyman), anything plumbing-related should always be tackled by experts in the field like ourselves. What might seem like a simple fix of a leaky tap at the start of an undertaking, might quickly turn into a nightmare; and a nightmare that involves a lot of water cascading over your fixtures and fittings. Plus there’s the insurance issue if things do go pear-shaped. Would a general handyman be totally covered for all plumbing eventualities like we are? You see, at the end of the day Ability aren’t a jack of all trades, but are a master of one.

Who says a certain plumber is a good plumber? Who can vouch for Ability for example?

Everyone’s heard at least a couple of horror stories about tradespeople who have either been a no-show on a job, left half-finished work, created a huge mess or simply couldn’t rectify the problem they were supposed to resolve. So how do you know whether a plumber is a good one or not? Aside from word of mouth and recommendations, always look for plumbers who are first and foremost qualified and registered, and crucially who are listed on trade association websites and/or display the trade association logos on their website or adverts like we are.

We’re talking about the likes of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) for example, who work with the government, councils, trade unions and consumer organisations to ensure their members comply with specific standards. And the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), which boasts over 12,000 members, and which habitually raises standards across the industry. Plumbers listed with these organisations aren’t likely to compromise their reputation by way of bad practices. In terms of Ability, you can also check out our customer reviews, references and testimonials via our website for more peace of mind.

Why should I choose local plumbers in the South East like Ability, rather than a well-known multi-national outfit?

For a number of reasons, the price being one. Plumbers in the South East near, Kent, much like local plumbers elsewhere in the UK, will always be more competitively priced compared to the big boys. And we’ll be more willing to entertain all the intricacies of the job too. Whereas larger, multi-national plumbing firms tend to work off a pre-determined rate card; and subsequently are less likely to budge over quotes.

They won’t want to risk tarnishing it, as with an abundance of customer review websites such as ‘Rated People’ and ‘Checkatrade’, it’s never been as easy for unhappy customers to register their discontent online. Plus, it’s good to support local business. Local business often equal family business too, much like the team here at South East and Kent plumbers, Ability. While a lot of companies claim that they’re a family-based one which has passed down through the generations, we really are and continue to be. And experience counts and we have almost four decade’s worth in our case!

About pricing, how much does a plumber like Ability charge?

Now that’s the million dollar question. Although we can assure you we don’t charge anywhere near as much as that. Not even for a boiler replacement! Thing is this. Prices are subject to change, however, ours remain highly competitive, plus we get 95% of our jobs completed within an hour and a half. That said, if you do receive a cheaper quote elsewhere, we’ll try our best to match it. Understandably, expect to pay more for emergency call outs than pre-booked plumbing jobs, especially outside of regular hours. But based on hours spent repairing a plumbing issue, then it’s always better to have an expert resolve a problem in 20 minutes than a cowboy who could take a couple of hours and then still not have rectified it!

How easy is it to receive a quote for a plumbing job I’m thinking of having done?

Where once a plumber might have scribbled a price on the back of an envelope when called out to price a job, these days forward-thinking plumbers like Ability offer customers a variety of modern means of quotation; including via email and app. In terms of the nitty gritty of a quote, it should always confirm a customer’s needs, explain how the plumber will meet said needs (itemising the goods and services required to complete the job), highlight the costs and timeline of when they’d be expected to pay for the job, along with setting out relevant T’s & C’s.

Are your plumbing and heating services offered around the clock?

It’s vital to learn whether or not a plumbing service affords potential customers a 24/7 service, as there’s no knowing when a serious problem can crop up, day or night. While more often than not desperate customers can only make contact with an answerphone, here at Ability we advocate a policy of ‘voice at the end of the phone.’ Which means we’re get-at-able whenever and wherever you need emergency plumbers in Tonbridge, or for that matter, boiler service in Tonbridge. For any plumbing, central heating, gas fire, boiler or hot water emergencies, we are the plumbers and gas engineers for the job. When you contact us with an emergency, we will aim to have one of our professional tradesmen out to you within 1 to 3 hours as part of our same day service.

Apart from the general public, who else do you work with locally?

From local councils and nursing homes to schools and charities, Ability’s team of plumbing and heating engineer contractors are here to serve the needs of the local community all day, every day and have been for nearly 40 years now.

Can you give me a quick overview of the plumbing services you carry out in South East near, Kent?

Of course. In a nutshell, Ability cover the full spectrum of plumbing jobs, such as radiator problems, toilet repairs, shower installations plus those small odd jobs like fixing a dripping tap! As Gas Safe-registered engineers and plumbers we also install commercial appliances such as fryers, grills, griddle, glasswashers, dishwashers, washing machines, fridge-freezers, espresso machines and water fountains among other appliances. We also work in collaboration with landlords to install appliances in tenanted properties too.

What Areas of The South East Do Ability Cover?

At Ability, while our head office is based in Tonbridge, we also cover the wider South East area, so please do get in contact if you would like to know if we can help you with any of your plumbing issues.

As part of the Tonbridge branch, we have gas engineers and plumbers local to Westerham, Sundridge, Seal, Otford, Brasted, Kemsing, Dunton Green, Chipstead, Ightham, Borough Green and, of course, Sevenoaks.

We also provide a boiler installation in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area. This includes Rusthall, Speldhurst, Hawkenbury, Langton Green, Frant, Penshurst, Groombridge, Uckfield, Crowborough, Mayfield, Rotherfield, Eridge, Cranbrook, Wadhurst, Goudhurst, Robertsbridge, Maresfield and Tenterden.

Looking for a gas engineer in Hadlow? You can contact us for our services in Plaxtol, Shipbourne, Hildenborough, Paddock Wood, West Malling, Kings Hill, Horsmonden, Hadlow, Matfield, Horsmonden, East Peckham and Staplehurst.

Need a boiler repair service in East Grinstead? We also provide boiler repair services in Felbridge, Hartfield, Forest Row, Sharpthorne, Lingfield, Copthorne, Turners Hill, Crawley, Crawley Down, Oxted, Horley, Edenbridge and Godstone.

We have worked across these areas for many years and you will not find another plumbing service who knows these areas as well as we do. We pride ourselves on hiring plumbers who live locally to these areas and so there is always someone on hand should you run into a plumbing emergency.

Outside Our Regular Patch?

Are you a little further out than the areas we cover? Don’t worry, as we are more than happy to accommodate you and you can send us an enquiry.

What Other Services Do We Offer?

Ability plumbing and heating cover everything in your home including water, gas and electrical issues. Our team of specialists can do everything including:

  • Gas fire repair
  • Gas cooker installation
  • Radiator reposition
  • Dripping taps
  • Electric plug socket replacement
  • Overflow ball-valve
  • New bathrooms
  • Heating system upgrades

No matter what your requirement is, we can help. All work that will be over £300 comes with a free estimate, so contact us today to find out more.

Plumber South East. Call our plumber South East if You need a qualified engineer to maintain and service the plumbing, heating and gas in your home or property. It is important that you get the best deals and work done professionally to keep your home or property working efficiently. We see that everything is running smoothly and safely. If you want to find a plumber in the South East, then look no further as here at Ability we have a team of experienced and attentive plumbers that can supply and fit, install and plumb-in a wide range of household appliances. From Gas boilers to gas fires and dishwashers, washing machines and water purification systems are just some examples of the appliances that our plumbers work on. All of our local plumbers can efficiently install and repair appliances within the hour to minimise the impact on your daily schedule! Our engineers are Gas Safe registered and understand the importance of gas health and safety within your property. For this reason, it is essential that you choose a trained Gas Safe professional to undertake any gas firecooker or appliance work.