When the plumbing plays up, you’re sure to know about it. The only legal and safe way to install and fix the plumbing in the home is to hire a licensed plumber. But when do you need to hire a plumber? And how should you go about finding the best one for the job?
What jobs do plumbers do?
Plumbers are essential to any building or renovation project. They can slot into the project to install pipes and drains, set up hot water systems and install all manner of fixtures and appliances. They’ll also be able to advise on the proper placement of plumbing to ensure the best flow of water and waste through the property.
As well as new builds, you can also call on plumbers to handle these common tasks:
Plumbing emergencies and repairs
Repair burst pipes, clogged drains and overflowing toilets are all scenarios that will require an emergency call-out before they turn into bigger problems. Emergency plumbers are usually on call 24/7 to provide round-the-clock support and service.
Gas fitting work
Many plumbers also carry gas fitting qualifications, as the two services are often linked. Just ensure your plumber holds the necessary gas fitting licenses and qualifications, as they do vary between the two trades.
Whether you need a toilet installed, repaired or maintained, a plumber can do it all. They’ll assess the pipes and fittings to ensure waste is removed properly from the property.
Maintenance and repairs
The best way to stop small issues from escalating is to have your plumbing regularly maintained. Don’t DIY, though, because not only is it illegal but it’s also incredibly dangerous. Instead, hire a plumber who can look at grease traps, backflow services and the way your pipes function and flow.
Guttering and roof plumbing
In some states, you have to use a roof plumber for any work on guttering, downpipes and drainage associated with your roof. If your roof is leaking, chances are the guttering is the culprit. A plumber can check your roof plumbing to ensure it’s not the source of the problem, repair it and also install new guttering.
Solar hot water installations
If you are looking to reduce your reliance on electric powered hot water, then a plumber can help install a solar hot water system. Some plumbers also specialise in ‘green plumbing’, which helps you reduce your water use and help the local environment. Initiatives can include solar hot water plumbing and set up a greywater system.
Installing rainwater tanks
A rainwater tank is another great way of reducing your outgoings and reliance on tapwater, especially during long dry spells. Some plumbers specialise in installing these, so look for someone with experience before you hire.
What to look for in a plumber
Like any tradies, you need to be sure any plumber is right for your job. Screening them beforehand will save you a lot of heartache and stress down the track. Questions to ask them could include:
- Are you licensed for my job?
- Are you fully insured to work in my home?
- Do have experience doing my job?
- Can you provide a written quote?
- Do have references I can follow up?
- When can you start my job?
There’s a reason why it’s illegal to take care of your own plumbing: it’s incredibly unsafe. Tinkering with the pipes yourself can not only damage your property, it also puts your whole family and home at risk. That’s why it’s imperative to find a licensed, qualified plumber who is equipped and experienced to manage your plumbing needs.
Written by Craig Gibson