Homeowners are often tempted to embark on DIY projects around the house and these could include things like painting, carpentry, electrical and plumbing. One of the major reasons why people consider DIY plumbing is the cost of hiring a licensed plumber. But if you don’t know what you are doing, it’s a good idea to hire a professional for the job; or else you may just find yourself dealing with a major DIY plumbing disaster. Take a look at why a do-it-yourself plumbing job may not be such a great idea:
Why DIY Plumbing isn’t a good idea
#1 Legal issues
The internet is no less than a boon for DIY enthusiasts as it’s a treasure-house of plumbing related videos, tutorials and articles that give you step-by-step instructions on everything ranging from replacing a faucet gasket and repairing broken sinks to fixing damaged toilets. But you may also notice that a significant portion of this content doesn’t originate from Australia. The laws in our country are considerably stringent and there are very few plumbing jobs that can be turned into a DIY project such as:
• Installing a shower head
• Replacing filters
• Installing a new tap
• Fixing leaky toilets (only the cistern)
All of these features are easily accessible and they don’t need any professional expertise. The plumbing-related laws are quite similar in all the states, with a few differences. Before you start on any DIY job, find out which plumbing jobs require licensing. For example, in NSW, you would have to hire a licensed plumber for any gas-fitting or plumbing task.
Most plumbing jobs also need a “compliance certificate” and only a licensed plumber can issue it. Without this particular certificate, you alone will be responsible for things that go wrong. Check with your local authority to find out which plumbing jobs need to be handled by a licensed plumber.
DIY plumbing jobs can also void warranties of various plumbing installations and fixtures. For instance, if you or even an unlicensed “plumber” fit a rainwater tank or hot water system and something goes wrong, the repairs won’t be covered by the warranty.
If there is a plumbing disaster in your home and some features need repairs, even your insurance company may not cover the cost if it’s been caused by a DIY plumbing job and you will end up paying for the repairs out of pocket. Eventually, you will end up paying much more than you would have if you’d hired a licensed plumber for the job in the first place.
The basics of avoiding a plumbing disaster
Even when you are performing any DIY plumbing task, there are certain basic steps to follow such as:
- Turn off the water
- Make sure you have all the necessary tools
- Familiarise yourself well with your plumbing system
- Follow all the installation directions mentioned on the packaging
Before you start on any DIY plumbing job, a few questions you should be asking yourself include:
- Is this job legal in my state?
- Do I need a compliance certificate?
- Am I confident about handing the job?
- Do I have all the tools for this job?
If you aren’t confident or can’t answer all these questions in the affirmative, it’s best to get quotes from multiple licensed plumbers. While it will cost you more than a DIY, you have the assurance that the job will be done right and that you won’t be breaking the law or voiding the warranties or even your home insurance.
We at CPC Plumbing can handle all types of plumbing jobs including tree root removal from sewer pipe, and we offer excellent maintenance and repair solutions. We use top quality materials and workmanship, which provides you value for money. You can call us on 0413 131 216 or use this online form to send queries and service requests and we will revert within a short time.
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