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Seeing as several plumbing issues, such as a severe water leak or heating system explosion, are extremely time sensitive and need to be fixed straightaway,

it is understandable why some people hire the first tradie they can get hold of.

However, enlisting the services of a plumber who isn’t qualified or licenced to carry out work is a big mistake and can prove extremely problematic in the future. Therefore, it is essential that you only hire licenced plumbers when your home or business has a water-related issue.

Here are some reasons why, as well as advice on how to check your plumber has the correct credentials.

The dangers of hiring an unlicenced plumber

Poor Quality Work

Along with possessing the right skills and expertise, a qualified and licenced plumber will also have the proper tools and resources required to perform work to the highest standard possible. A plumbing licence proves that the person you hire will fully address the situation before coming up with an appropriate solution.

With an unlicenced plumber, you have no guarantee over their standard of work. As a result, any installation could have serious flaws, while maintenance and repairs might not get to the root of the problem.

Higher Costs

Even though unlicenced tradies are usually cheaper than qualified plumbers, this doesn’t mean to say you will save money in the long run.

In fact, poor quality workmanship such as cutting corners or using the wrong materials can lead to bigger problems further down the line.

But by choosing a fully qualified and licenced plumber, you will benefit from work carried out to industry recognised standards. The cost of future repairs will be minimised and you can enjoy many years of a trouble-free plumbing system.

Legal Implications

A number of unwanted legal ramifications can come about by hiring an unlicenced plumber. For example, if they don’t have liability insurance, you could be accountable for any job-related injuries.

This is a distinct possibility if the individual isn’t qualified to carry out stringent safety checks, which are often essential for certain plumbing work. Unlicenced plumbers also work outside of industry regulatory framework, meaning they are less accountable for any installations, maintenance, and repairs.

How to Find Fully Qualified and Licenced Plumbers

When it comes to choosing a plumber, ask to see their plumber’s licence as well as evidence of industry qualifications. You should also ensure that they have the correct insurance to perform work at your home or business.

In NSW, plumbers are regulated by NSW Fair Trading and all work must abide by the Plumbing Code of Australia. The following licences are issued in NSW:

• Qualified supervisor – Allowed to supervise and carry out work
• Contractor – Allowed to contract and advertise work
• Trades-person certificate – All work needs to be signed off by a contractor or supervisor class.

Certain types of plumbing work come under a specific class, but this will be endorsed on the tradie’s physical licence. Licences in NSW are usually issued for one to three years.