The best way to find plumbers in Cape Town is not to be in an emergency. The pressure of finding a plumber for an emergency will have you throwing caution to the wind and just taking whatever help is given to you. If you move to a new area or you are sick of previous incompetence or you just want to be prepared, find your plumber now and spare yourself the hassle later.
There is a number of different ways that you can locate a plumber in your area. The first is old-fashioned but effective. Search through your local telephone directory and local newspapers for telephone numbers and email addresses. The next step is to go online. Run reference checks on your list of prospective plumbers and see how long they have been in business. This will narrow down your search; also ask for friends and neighbours recommendations as well. If you have just moved house ask your estate agent as well. They will know who has worked on your house before this and they can also give their own recommendations.
Online review websites also will help you find local plumbers especially within big cities like Cape Town. Consumer protection and review sites can help you narrow down your choice. Professional organizations and unions are also a good resource, as their mandate is to be unbiased and there usually are certain standards or qualifications that need to be upheld in order to join one of theses organizations. All plumbers do need to qualify or have some form of certification before they can use the title of plumber.
Once you have narrowed down your list of plumbers its time to speak to them directly. There are a couple of questions that should be standard in this interview. Firstly check how long they have been in business and if this matches your research. Secondly ask about the type of plumbing services they provide. A wide range of plumbing services means that you wont need more than one plumber. Thirdly ask for the payment policy. The best type of payment policy has a quote, then a deposit and then a final payment on completion of services.