There is absolutely no question that Australia is a nation of proud do it yourself (DIY) enthusiasts. Whether it’s reshaping our gardens, building shelving or installing the latest and greatest sound system, the first instinct of many of us is to “have a crack” at it ourselves.
Driving past a Bunnings’ or Masters car park on the weekend is a real testament to this, with most bursting at the seams with utes, trucks, and everyday suburban sedans.
A casual flick through the TV guide will also back up the trend, with wildly successful franchises like The Block and House Rules built on the DIY tradition.
But when it comes to plumbing and plumbing services, it’s a little less clear cut than simply heading down to the local hardware store and picking up some tools and equipment.
What You Can Do
Many people are surprised to learn that there are some plumbing works that they are permitted to do themselves, but some that are specifically prohibited by law for them to undertake. For a complete list and step by step guides for DIY, Home Improvements Check out Intarsiacorp.
First the good news. In Queensland, the laws in relation to plumbing have been drafted with some pretty clear lists of what is allowable work by a non-professional. Simple water plumbing – changing shower heads, washers in taps, and jumper valves etc. – is allowed.
More complex jobs that are also permitted include installing or maintaining an outdoor lawn watering system, replacing a toilet cistern, as well as the smaller additions like backflow prevention devices and suction cups that go with these jobs.
For sanitary plumbing, you can clean and maintain the ground level grates as well as replace caps. These things fall under the heading of general maintenance rather than major works.
What You Can’t Do
It’s probably not that surprising to find out that law prohibits any works on a sewer or related system. Apart from the health risk to you personally, these are systems that are maintained by the local government, and their public use function means that they must only be worked on by professionals.
Gas fitting and related works are also required to be completed by professionals who are licensed to do that work.
Why Should I Let Someone Else Do It?
There are two major practical reasons to leave plumbing and gas fitting work in the hands of professionals. The first is cost. Insurance companies draft their contracts to make sure that if there has been any unregulated or unlicensed work, their policies don’t apply, even if you’ve paid your premium.
The cost of a burst water pipe can run into the tens of thousands of dollars and damage walls, carpeting and floors and render entire houses uninhabitable, which would be financially crippling if insurance was unable to help with the cost of repairs.
The second, and more important reason is safety. Plumbing and gas fitting works can be dangerous both in the work phase and after the work is completed. It’s always best to use a professional, local and trusted plumber, with the experience and knowledge to ensure your job will be safely done to the highest standard.
At the end of the day, to get a plumbing job done properly, it’s a smart choice to have a professional give you the best possible result. If you’re in Brisbane and need a quote on some major plumbing work give our recommended plumbing professionals a call.