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Finding a Plumber: How to Do It Right

The plumbing system in your home is an essential component and it's very important that you to make sure that the whole system is correctly installed and maintained. Make sure that only a qualified plumber works on your home plumbing, and by doing so you can avoid potential problems in the future.

For the safety of your family and home, all local government authorities do require that only licensed plumbing contractors perform any plumbing work. Any plumbing work that is done by individuals that have not been licensed, will be considered to be illegal and you may be held responsible. In addition, you could be putting your safety and your family's safety at risk.

What Do Plumbers Do?

  • Finding and repairing leaks in gas systems and water systems, Only gas-registered contractors should work on gas.
  • Removing and replacing plumbing that is old and worn out
  • Installing and repairing all types of taps
  • Fixing burst water pipes
  • Repair or replace Toilets
  • Installing water filters and devices to prevent scalding
  • Repair or replace boilers and central heating
  • Repairing and replacing waste pipes

Plumbers are an integral part of any renovation, whether it is for a bathroom, laundry, kitchen, or other wet areas. Plumbers can also perform the installation of a gas system such as cookers or hot water heating. Only use a registered gas plumber.


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Types of Plumbing

You should be familiar with the types of plumbing that may be needed:

  • New Drains 
    Replacing old drains that have been choked or damaged. A plumber can make the repairs and maintain the pipes and fittings that are associated with waste removal or stormwater. New drains are also recommended for the installation of a garden, in order to prevent water from building up and hurting plants.
  • Emergency Plumbers 
    In certain situations, such as an overflow of the toilet, you will need to call a reputable plumber right away. An emergency plumber can help 24 hours per day and will deal with your plumbing issue right away.
  • Gasfitters 
    If you use gas for cooking or heating water in your home, you will require the assistance of a qualified gas fitter. The gas fitter will ensure that it is safe to use the gas in your home. The gas fitter can install appliances and fixtures in both home and business settings. They can also set up gas meters, regulators, burners, and valves.
  • Toilet Repairs 
    This service involves the installation, repairs, and maintenance that are required for removing sewage from the home. A plumber can repair the pipes and fittings, as well as the toilet so that you can continue with your normal life as soon as possible.
  • Guttering 
    Obtaining the right plumbing and guttering for your roof can guarantee that the rain will be removed properly from your roof even during periods of heavy rain. Guttering can be designed from different materials including copper, zinc aluminium alloys, PVC, Colorbond steel, and Zincalume. The various types of gutters include half-round gutters, quad gutters, square-fronted gutters, and smooth line gutters.
  • Green Plumbing 
    If you want plumbing that will save water in your home and reduce the amount of water that needs to be used, green plumbing is what you need. Green plumbing services can include the installation and maintenance of solar hot water plumbing, greywater system plumbing, and rainwater tank installation. By looking at your current plumbing setup and determining where there is room for improvement, you can save money and the environment!
  • Plumbing for Home Renovations 
    If you are planning to renovate your home or build a new one, a plumbing system is a major requirement that needs to be done by a qualified plumber. A plumber will be able to assist you with selecting the best plumbing system and solution for your project.
  • Plumbing System Maintenance 
    A plumber can work on all of the plumbing projects that need to be done in your home and get your plumbing systems back in good working order. By getting regular plumbing maintenance, you can decrease the likelihood that small problems will turn into major issues quickly
  • Water Plumbing 
    This covers the installation, repair, and maintenance of the pipes and fittings that work to deliver hot and cold water throughout the home. Make sure that you have hired a licensed and qualified plumber to perform these services in your home.
  • Mechanical Services Plumbing 
    If you have a heating or cooling system (such as an aircon system) in your house, you may need someone to install, maintain or repair the pipes and fittings that are needed for the proper operation of that system.

Selecting a Plumber

When you have selected a plumber, you should make sure that you obtain at least three quotes for each project. Ask the plumber to display his license and associated qualifications. On large projects, you should make sure that the plumber has obtained the correct insurance coverage. You can learn more about the specific requirements that are necessary for licensing at the government website.

What Are the Costs of Hiring a Plumber?

Like other trades, plumbers charge an hourly rate. Sometimes they may also charge a fee just to visit your home. If the plumber is installing or repairing an item, then there will also be a cost for parts. The plumber may decide to quote you a flat fee for a specific task, such as resolving a drain choke or installing a toilet.


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