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How to prepare for plumber repairs in the house

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Philippa Land


The pipes have burst and water is now free-flowing through your lounge room, but no worries because you’ve found a local emergency plumber on the hipages app. But what do you need to do now? What should you check before hiring a plumber? What details do they need to get the job sorted? We asked our expert plumber Anthony Khalil from Belle Bathrooms to share his thoughts and tips on preparing your home for plumbing work.

How should I explain the job or problem?

When you are listing a plumbing job it’s always best to give a full description of the job (sic). Make sure you include what you want done and include what your expectations are. Another point to mention is to describe the approximate age of your building as there are a lot of different plumbing materials which have been used in the last 20 to 30 years. Detailing the age of your home will help the plumber to know beforehand what they will be dealing with onsite.  

Why do I need a licensed plumber?

The last thing you want is a plumber who isn’t qualified or says they’re qualified but really doesn't have any qualifications behind him. In the worst case scenario, a disaster such as a water leak can become very expensive and if your hired plumber is not licensed then they will have no insurance behind them, which can leave you lumbered with paying the clean up bill. To prevent any costly mistakes it’s always best to check your plumber is licensed which you can do at licensedtrades.com.au.  

Why do I need a licensed plumber

What should I do before the plumber arrives?

It’s always best for the customer to clear the area or premises where the plumber needs to work, if there’s a blocked drain in the kitchen then clear the cabinet for them to work in. If you’re doing work such as renovating a bathroom make sure you strip the bathroom, including taking the tiles off the walls, so that when the plumber does come in to make these alterations the room is ready to go. Before you start it’s always best to make sure you’ve already picked PC items such as baths and vanities because when the plumber comes in they will work to the specifications of the items needing to be installed.

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How do I turn off the water main?

Every property has a water main which controls the water through the property. Just before the water main there is an isolating valve. In cases where you need to switch the water mains off or down to do any kind of plumbing work, you need to turn the isolating valve off, and then at any tap open up the tap to release the pressure in the pipes. This will then shut off the water supply.

How do I turn off the water main

What else should I ask the plumber?

If you’ve got a plumber on premises and they’re doing some works, it’s a good opportunity to get the plumber to go around and look over some of the most obvious items around the home such as checking rubber seals on toilet systems, checking your tap washers, o-rings and other basic plumbing things like that. Some plumbers may also have cameras on their truck so it could be a good to get them to check your drains. This is good to do regularly so you can see if there are any lines, cracks or tree roots pushing into your drains and pipes.

 

If you’re looking for a plumber we have some of the best in all major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Canberra and Hobart. Get a quote and keep your drains clear today.     

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