Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Re­becca Isaacs

Rec­om­men­da­tions: Word of mouth is a good way to find a plumber. Ask friends and fam­ily. Cre­den­tials: Check that you are pay­ing for the real deal. Qual­i­fied plum­bers will have a li­cence num­ber. You can find this online. It should also be on the tradie’s advertising ma­te­ri­als. Know your plum­bers from your tradies: Trades­men can work un­su­per­vised af­ter four years of study. Qual­i­fied plum­bers have spent six years at TAFE hon­ing their skills. Go with your gut: You have to feel “right” about the per­son you hire. A good plumber will take time to in­ves­ti­gate your is­sue and of­fer a va­ri­ety of op­tions for in­stal­la­tion or re­pairs. CHANG­ING a tap washer is DIYfriendly — if you know what you’re do­ing, that is.

“A lot of peo­ple try to fix their own plumb­ing prob­lems but if you do some­thing wrong — which is com­mon — you’re go­ing to have to get a pro­fes­sional any­way,” plumber Taha Hamze said.

The owner of Su­pa­man Plumb­ing said new tech­nolo­gies and ma­te­ri­als had made the trade more hitech than ever.

“Ev­ery job is dif­fer­ent,” Mr Hamze said. “You re­ally want a plumber who knows what he’s do­ing.”

With the win­ter chill here it’s time to make sure your hot wa­ter sys­tem is up to scratch.

“So­lar is a great op­tion, es­pe­cially with the gov­ern­ment re­bates,” Mr Hamze said.

“If you have three to four peo­ple in your house then an in­stant sys­tem will work well.

“For big­ger house­holds you’re look­ing at a pre­mium cylin­der,” he said.

What­ever your choice, up­keep is key.

“For cylin­ders, re­lease the valve ev­ery three to six months. Make sure you re­place the an­ode in your tank ev­ery five years to pre­vent rust­ing and degra­da­tion,” he said.

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