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The Importance of Using Licensed Tradies

Wednesday, 02nd November 2011

With the increased costs of living these days, plus the recent reinvention of the Home Renovator "reality" show like The Block and The Renovators there is a surge in property owners undertaking their own repair and maintenance work. This can be life-threatening in regards plumbing and electrical work.

For some trades like plastering, tiling and painting, it is reasonable to expect that people will "give it a go" themselves.  People are taking on potentially life risking work like plumbing and electrical work and it is a real concern that home renovators could be putting themselves and their houses at risk.

Plumbers and electricians are highly skilled trades that provide a crucial service for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.  All related work needs to be to the highest standard as plumbing and electrical typically affects public health and safety, specifically the potential for the contamination of drinking water supplies and electrocution.

Plumbing work can encompass a broad range of tasks including water supply, drainage, sewage, heating, cooling and gas fitting.  Specific elements that are typically fitted by a plumber include water pipes, taps, sinks, baths, showers, hot water systems and elements of a properties drainage and sewage system.  Electricians are generally responsible for lights, power and communications in your home.

Common Plumbing and Electrical Problems:

Some of the most common problems around the home are related to plumbing and electrical issues.  This includes the following commonly encountered situations, which typically require the services of a licensed plumber or electrician:
  • Leaking taps
  • Leaking toilets
  • Faulty hot water systems
  • Leaking roofing
  • Blocked drains
  • Bathroom renovation
  • Gas appliance installation
  • Burst water pipes
  • Light replacement
  • Appliance installation
  • Power point relocation
  • Smoke detectors
  • Security systems
  • Ceiling fans
  • Phone lines
  • Gas point installations

Licensed plumbers and electricians:

Only licensed contractors are authorised to carry out plumbing and electrical work and ensure that all the work under their control complies with all the relevant standards and regulations. If you are unsure if your tradie is licensed ask to see some proof of this or contact your local State Authority.  Licensed plumbers and electricians are required to complete extensive on site experience, attend very intense training courses at TAFE and other training organisations.  All work shall comply with the Australian Standard of AS3500 and AS3000.

There can be very costly mistakes made and often it cost more to fix up others problems than it would have cost in the first place to get it done by a reputable licensed tradesperson.

For more information, call Result Trade Services on 1300 780 760 or visit our website www.resulttrade.com.au

By

Steve Ellis

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