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What you need to know before contacting a plumber

If you’ve got plumbing problems in your home, the only legal and safe way to install and fix them is to hire a licensed plumber. When it comes to selecting a plumber, it’s essential to choose a company with experience in the area you need servicing and one with a positive reputation in the local community.

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 fixtures and appliances. Plumbers can also advise on the proper placement of plumbing to ensure the best flow of water and waste through the property.

To give you an indication of when to call a plumber, we’ve mapped out some tasks plumbers can handle:

Plumbing emergencies and repairs

Burst pipes, clogged drains and overflowing toilets all require a call-out from an experienced plumber to avoid turning into bigger problems. Our emergency plumbers at David Frith Quality Plumbing are 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. Ensure you use a plumber with the necessary gas fitting licenses and qualifications, as they vary between the two trades.

Toilet installation

Whether you need a toilet installed, repaired or maintained. The plumber will assess all the pipes and fittings to ensure waste is adequately removed from the property.

Maintenance and repairs

The best way to stop minor issues from escalating is to have your plumbing regularly maintained. Avoid DIY, as it is not only illegal but hazardous. Instead, hire an experienced plumber who can assess your grease traps, backflow services and how your pipes function and flow.

Guttering and roof plumbing

In some states, you must 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 install new guttering.

Solar hot water installations

If you want to reduce your reliance on electric-powered hot water, a plumber can help install a solar hot water system. Some plumbers also specialise in ‘green plumbing’, which enables you to reduce water use and help the local environment. Initiatives can include solar hot water plumbing and setting up a greywater system.

Installing rainwater tanks

A rainwater tank is another great way of reducing your outgoings and reliance on tap water, especially during long dry spells. Some plumbers specialise in installing these, so look for an experienced plumber before you hire.

What to look for in a plumber

To ensure the job is completed the right way, the first time, it’s essential to make sure you select the right plumber for your job. Conducting thorough research and asking questions beforehand will save you a lot of stress and money 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 you have experience doing this job?
  • Can you provide a written quote?
  • Do you have references I can follow up on?
  • When can you start my job?

Overall, there’s a reason why it’s illegal to take care of your own plumbing. It is incredibly unsafe. Tinkering with the pipes yourself can damage your property and put your whole family and home at risk.

Contact our licensed and qualified plumbers at David Frith Quality Plumbing for assistance managing your plumbing needs on 02 9521 8197.