DIY plumbing – what you can and can’t do

Doing plumbing work yourself around the house can be a great way to save some money however, there is only a specific list of DIY plumbing work that can be legally done by an unqualified person. If someone was to carry out unlicensed plumbing work, they could be left with a $32,000 or more fine. So to help you avoid paying a huge fine, this article will help you understand what DIY plumbing work is allowed to be carried out by an unqualified person.

What plumbing can I do myself?

Despite the many laws and regulations regarding licensed plumbing, there is some plumbing work you can carry out yourself legally, such as:

  • Replacing caps to ground level inspection openings on sanitary drains.
  • Cleaning and maintaining ground level grates to traps on sanitary drains.
  • Changing a showerhead.
  • Replacing a jumper valve or washer in a tap.
  • Maintaining an above or below ground irrigation system used for effluent disposal.
  • Replacing a suction cup rubber, drop or float valve washer in a toilet cistern.
  • Replacing a toilet seat.
  • Changing tap flanges, handles and buttons.

What are the benefits of hiring a professional plumber?

As well as complying with legal regulations and avoiding a hefty fine, there is a wide range of benefits to hiring a licensed professional to carry out plumbing work in your home.

Qualified plumbers will have all of the necessary skills, training and experience to complete your plumbing work efficiently and to industry standards. Hiring a professional not only saves time but will also prevent any damage or mishaps, as a result of an ineffective installation. If you happen to make any mistakes when dealing with water connection pipes, a small leak could cost you thousands in water damage to your home, which could have been avoided by hiring a professional plumber in the first place.

Plumbers can provide you with leak detection services that can save you significant amounts of time and money by detecting leaking pipes early before they become a huge risk and expense for your home. Leak detection is always a great option if you notice dampness, cracks, mould or a damp smell in or around your home.

Also, plumbers already have all of the required tools and equipment to complete a number of drainage solutions for your home, so you can save yourself the time and hassle of purchasing your own. Why should you spend money on equipment that you won’t have any experience with using or have any need for after the job is completed when you can hire a cost-effective plumbing expert?

Professional plumbers are great for emergency plumbing. If you have a ruptured pipe or need an emergency toilet repair, you will require efficient plumbing services that are available 24/7. Emergency plumbers will arrive at your home with all of the equipment needed to complete the needed plumbing service as quickly as possible.

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