Check up on your tradie
Homeowners planning renovations are being advised to make sure they use properly registered tradespeople.
The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board, which regulates the industry, is calling on Auckland homeowners to ask plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers for their licence cards to ensure they are authorised to carry out the work.
Board chief executive Max Pedersen says it is illegal for anyone to do plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying unless they are authorised to do so by the board.
‘‘We are reminding homeowners not to risk their family’s health and safety or their insurance by hiring unauthorised tradespeople,’’ Mr Pedersen says.
‘‘Unlicensed plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers potentially place consumers in harm’s way with their poor skills. New Zealanders have the right to have confidence that any plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying service provided to them is safe and compliant.’’
Anyone carrying out plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying must be able to produce their licence card if asked.
Work wisely: Tradespeople must have a licence card like this from the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board before doing any plumbing, gas or drain work.