Why you need a licenced plumber for plumbing work
When something goes wrong with the plumbing, the obvious person to call is a plumber. But, with the rise of platforms such as ‘Airtasker’, the power of naming a price and the choice of handyman has given households more bargaining power than ever before. However, is this a good thing?
Qualified for the job at hand
According to NSW fair trading, you need a license to carry out any plumbing, draining or gas fitting work. Before getting any plumbing work done, ask your plumber for their licence number and insurance. A plumber must undertake a 4 years apprenticeship program and a further 2 years on the job training before they are qualified to get their licence. By getting a plumber to carry out the work, you can be certain that the job will be a permanent solution to your problem.
Sites like ‘Airtasker’ will not insure a handyman for plumbing work and do not take responsibility for checking licences or personal insurance. ‘Airtasker’ insurance also does not cover poor workmanship.
Also, it is a condition of warranties that the products are installed by a licensed plumber. Otherwise, the warranty is void.
A plumber’s quote will generally include a call out fee, an hourly rate, the cost of materials, as well as the cost of any extras such as specialist equipment or earthmoving equipment to access pipes. It’s impossible to estimate the cost of plumbing work without seeing the problem first, as so many different factors are involved. This is why naming a price over the phone can either lead to cutting corners in repair work or being overcharged.
Plumber or Handyman?
On sites like ‘Airtasker’, you can dictate the price, and someone can turn up and have a go at solving the problem. This may save you time and money in the short term, but what mistakes could they be making while doing the repair work? Also, a general handyman would not have the tools necessary for the specialty of plumbing work. Only a plumber can provide a permanent solution with the correct tools and knowledge for the job.
More problems than it’s worth
An unqualified person performing plumbing work can be dangerous and, in the end, will cost more money and time. With the rise of platforms such as ‘Airtasker’, David Frith has had to repair more jobs completed by an unqualified handyman than ever before. “He turned the taps on and flooded the cupboards underneath,” “He was ankle deep in water installing a power point wearing sandals says David about one job he fixed, “he used the wrong materials.”
Don’t risk shoddy workmanship to save a few dollars in the short term, call David Frith Quality Plumbing and get the problem sorted the first time.
Author: Admin Team