Get the plumb­ing right first time

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When build­ing, ren­o­vat­ing, mak­ing al­ter­ations or just do­ing some main­te­nance, chances are that some­where along the line some plumb­ing will need to be done.

While a handy­man could be tempted to run some drainage or fix that toi­let once and for all, the con­se­quences of the job be­ing done in­cor­rectly could be hugely ex­pen­sive, ex­tremely in­con­ve­nient, and in some cases more than a lit­tle un­pleas­ant.

Flood­ing, wa­ter dam­age, sub­si­dence, and ground and struc­tural col­lapse are just some of the po­ten­tial out­comes from plumb­ing gone wrong and there is also a huge safety as­pect in­volved – we can all imag­ine the po­ten­tially lethal out­come if gas lines and con­nec­tions are not fit­ted prop­erly.

Be­fore you de­cide to tackle a plumb­ing job your­self (no mat­ter how small the job may seem), it would be wise to con­sider the po­ten­tial fall­out if any­thing goes wrong.

Even your home in­sur­ance can be af­fected. If you have at­tempted a job your­self that should have been com­pleted by a reg­is­tered plumber and your ac­tions are the cause or con­trib­uted to dam­age or loss of prop­erty, or worse, you may also find your­self in court.

Once you have made the de­ci­sion to hire a pro­fes­sional, you then need to look for a plumber, gas­fit­ter or drain­layer. As with all trades, there are those who are qual­i­fied and reg­is­tered and those who are not. With so much at stake you need to take your time and choose wisely.

Mas­ter Plumbers, Gas­fit­ters and Drain­lay­ers.

Mas­ter Plumbers, Gas­fit­ters and Drain­lay­ers New Zealand was es­tab­lished in 1901 to sup­port and pro­mote ex­cel­lence within the in­dus­try and are the trade or­gan­i­sa­tion that rep­re­sents more than 60 per cent of the plumb­ing, gas­fit­ting and drain­lay­ing in­dus­try.

Why use a mas­ter plumber?

Trust: Mas­ter plumbers are fully qual­i­fied

Ex­per­tise: Mas­ter plumbers are, or em­ploy, cer­ti­fy­ing plumber, gas­fit­ters and drain­lay­ers

Qual­ity: All membership ap­pli­cants un­dergo an in­de­pen­dent qual­ity as­sur­ance re­view

Back-up: Mas­ter plumbers pro­vide you with the added re­as­sur­ance of the Mas­ter Plumbers Guar­an­tee

Sup­port: Mas­ter plumbers are sup­ported by 16 re­gional Mas­ter Plumbers as­so­ci­a­tions, which un­der­stand lo­cal re­quire­ments

Knowl­edge: Mas­ter plumbers are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ous up­skilling

Ser­vice: Mas­ter plumbers work to ex­act­ing stan­dards and fol­low a pro­fes­sional code of con­duct

Ex­pe­ri­ence: Mas­ter plumbers don’t just do plumb­ing – mem­bers spe­cialise in ev­ery­thing from gas and heat­ing to drainage, so­lar,

roof­ing, sprin­klers and more.

Qual­ity As­sur­ance Pro­gramme

All new ap­pli­cants for MPGD membership un­dergo a qual­ity as­sur­ance re­view be­fore join­ing this re­spected trade or­gan­i­sa­tion.

We want to en­sure that all mem­bers are the best they can be – for their clients, their staff and their own busi­ness suc­cess.

Our qual­ity as­sur­ance pro­gramme ed­u­cates and sup­ports new and ex­ist­ing mem­bers to reach the very high­est stan­dards.

Stay­ing ahead

Each year, mem­ber busi­nesses com­plete an An­nual QA Dec­la­ra­tion to en­sure they are con­tin­u­ing to main­tain stan­dards of ex­cel­lence.

This is com­ple­mented by a three­yearly in situ re­view, help­ing us build strong re­la­tion­ships with mem­ber busi­nesses, and of­fer men­tor­ing and sup­port.

The re­view is car­ried out at your place of busi­ness and con­sid­ers such ar­eas as: Health and safety sys­tems Leg­isla­tive com­pli­ance Em­ploy­ment con­tracts Su­per­vi­sion In­sur­ance Terms and con­di­tions of trade Gas cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Com­plaints process Staff train­ing Equip­ment main­te­nance and ser­vic­ing

Mas­ter Plumbers Guar­an­tee

Mas­ter Plumbers, Gas­fit­ters and Drain­lay­ers NZ Inc (MPGD) pro­vides con­sumers with a 12-month guar­an­tee cov­er­ing:

Ad­vance pay­ment pro­tec­tion: protects you from loss of an ad­vance pay­ment to a con­trac­tor, for labour, ma­te­ri­als and prod­ucts where the con­trac­tor is un­able to ful­fil con­trac­tual obligations due to liq­ui­da­tion or bank­ruptcy.

Sub­stan­dard work­man­ship: protects you from sub­stan­dard work­man­ship by a cur­rent MPGD mem­ber.

All claims brought un­der the Mas­ter Plumbers Guar­an­tee must be brought within 12 months from the date of in­voic­ing for the work in ques­tion.

Ad­vance pay­ment pro­tec­tion

This protects you from loss of and ad­vance pay­ment to a con­trac­tor, for labour, ma­te­ri­als and prod­ucts where the con­tract is un­able to ful­fil con­trac­tual obligations due to liq­ui­da­tion or bank­ruptcy. It cov­ers:

In­com­plete res­i­den­tial work up to the value of the amount pre­paid by you, the con­sumer, to a max­i­mum of $15,000 incl GST.

Sit­u­a­tions where the com­pany or sole trader have ceased trad­ing, and/or are in liq­ui­da­tion or bank­ruptcy.

Re­place­ment (if nec­es­sary) and in­stal­la­tion of any prod­uct pur­chased by the con­trac­tor from pre/part pay­ment made by you the con­sumer, that has not been in­stalled and can­not be re­trieved from the orig­i­nal con­trac­tor.

Work­man­ship cover

This protects you from sub­stan­dard work­man­ship by a cur­rent Mas­ter Plumbers mem­ber. It cov­ers: Sub­stan­dard work­man­ship ir­re­spec­tive of whether the con­tract is com­plete, to be reme­died by ei­ther the orig­i­nal con­trac­tor or an al­ter­na­tive mem­ber as determined by Mas­ter Plumbers, Gas­fit­ters and Drain­lay­ers NZ

Sub­stan­dard work­man­ship that is up­held by Mas­ter Plumbers, Gas­fit­ters and Drain­lay­ers NZ

Work done by the orig­i­nal con­trac­tor only

Labour cost, up to the value of $10,000 in­clud­ing GST

Un­paid con­tracts where the amount un­paid re­lates solely to the spec­i­fied work in dis­pute

Guar­an­teed work: Mas­ter Plumbers, Gas­fit­ters and Drain­lay­ers NZ Inc (MPGD) pro­vides con­sumers with a 12-month guar­an­tee.

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