KEEP YOUR PIPES PUMPING
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.