Which? DIYer survey identifies plumbing difficulties

Tap replacements have emerged as the most common plumbing DIY jobs tradespeople are called in to fix or finish, following a new Which? survey among homeowners.

Replacing taps was the most popular plumbing DIY job, with 53% having rolled up their sleeves to tackle the task.

Dealing with blocked drains, pipes or toilets was also common, with 45% having tried it, followed by plumbing in an appliance, by 41%, and fixing a leak, by 35%.

The Which? survey asked more than 3,800 people about the home DIY jobs they had tackled.

Changing sockets and switches was the most popular electrical DIY job, attempted by 70% of people in the survey, while 54% had attempted to replace a light fitting.

Research among 225 traders showed they were most often hired by DIYers to finish fixing leaks, with 76% called in to finish the repair. This was followed by plumbing in appliances, in 65% of cases, plumbing in bathrooms, 62%, and changing taps, 60%.