Essential French Phrases: Calling Out a Plumber or Electrician


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Essential French Phrases: Calling Out a Plumber or Electrician

Need to call out a plumber or electrician in France? Here are all the essential words and phrases you might need.

It is an emergency: C’est une urgence

I have no hot water: Je n’ai pas d’eau chaude

The water is muddy: L’eau est boueuse

The boiler has stopped working: La chaudière ne fonctionne plus.

I cannot turn my tap off: Je ne peux pas arrêter le robinet.

The sink / toilet is leaking: Mes toilettes fuient

The toilet won’t flush / is overflowing: Mes toilettes sont bouchées

There is a bad smell coming from my septic tank: Il y a un mauvaise odeur provenant de ma fosse septique

I would like to get my electricity / boiler safety checked: Je souhaiterais une vérification de la sécurité de mon installation électrique / de ma chaudière

I can smell gas Ca sent le gaz

My gas stove will not light: Ma gazinière ne veut pas s’allumer.

My bathroom / kitchen tiles are cracked: le carrelage de ma salle de bain / cuisine est ébréché / cassé

My washing machine has broken: Ma machine a laver est cassée

I would like to have a new bathroom / kitchen fitted: J’aimerais faire installer une nouvelle salle de bain / cuisine.

I would like to get my plumbing re-done: Je souhaiterais faire refaire ma plomberie

I would like to get my electricity re-wired: Je souhaiterais faire refaire mon installation électrique

My heating has stopped working: Je n’ai plus de chauffage

I would like to install new heaters: J’aimerais installer de nouveaux radiateurs

Can you come immediately? Pouvez vous venir tout de suite

How long will you be? Dans combine de temps pouvez vous venir?

When can you come? Quand pouvez vous venir?

How much do you charge? Quels sont vos prix? / Comment cela va-t-il coûter?

French Vocabulary: Plumbing and Electricity

Oven – Four
Tumble Dryer – Sèche linge
Dishwasher – Lave vaisselle
Bath – Baignoire
Shower – Douche
Sink – Evier
Cupboard – Placard
Worktop – Plan de travail
Water meter – Compteur d’eau
Electricity meter – Compteur d’électricité
Septic Tank – Fosse septique

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