Selecting a Plumber
See section on selecting a Sub-contractor
How is a Master Plumber different?
Good, professional plumbing work can add value to your property and actually save you money in energy and water costs.
Faulty plumbing, on the other hand, will cost you money in ongoing repairs and/or water damage.
It can also be a potential risk to your health and the environment through contamination of the fresh water supply and ineffective the disposal of liquid wastes. It's important to have faith in the plumber you use.
Protect your health
It may sound dramatic but the ordinary home can be a potential death trap. While most people understand the consequences of faulty electrical wiring, they may not understand how important good quality plumbing is to their health.
The primary task of all plumbers is to ensure the water supply to buildings is pure and clean and that liquid waste and sewage is disposed of in the proper way. It is no exaggeration to say that serious health risks can result from incompetent plumbing.
For instance, backflow situations where sewage and waste are sucked back into the drinking water supply have caused deaths around the world. This can be caused simply by leaving a hose in a bucket, but usually happens because pipework has been incorrectly connected and/or components wrongly installed.
Protect the Environment
Plumbers protect the environment by ensuring that liquid wastes are disposed of correctly.
Your plumber can also help you to protect the environment by installing water saving devices in your home or commercial premises, and rectifying water loss problems due to malfunctioning plumbing systems.
By decreasing the demand on the water supply with these devices, the need to build new dams in wilderness areas is reduced. And you save water ‑ and money.
With these things in mind, it's important to ensure the plumber you use is up to date with the latest advances in technology and regulations designed to protect your health and the health of the environment ‑ and reduce unnecessary water consumption.
What can a Master Plumber do?
Plumbers don't just fix taps.
They are engaged in any activity* that involves the movement of liquid or gas from one place to another. Some specialise in certain fields of plumbing, but generally they perform the following tasks:
- Roofing and Guttering
- Drainage (Sewerage and Stormwater)
- Domestic Waste Water Treatment
- Gas Connection
- Domestic Fire Sprinkler Systems, Fire Hydrants, Fire Hose Reels
- Steam Pipes
- Any pipe work that carries liquid or gas
(* Not all plumbers are certified for all types of work, eg. gas connections. Check that your plumber has a certificate for the work to be done).