We’ve all heard horror stories about plumbing and generally, you will only appreciate good plumbing once there are issues. The best way to try and eliminate any plumbing issues is to make sure that you chose a reputable plumber. Below are a few tips to note when choosing a plumber:
Reputable plumbers will be registered with the Plumbing Industries Regulation Board (PIRB)
This will allow the plumber to issue a Certificate of Compliance for work completed, which provides the customer with recourse if things go wrong. The plumber needs to show their PIRB card as proof. There is a website and app on the PIRB website to check the number for integrity purposes. Visit the website or contact the PIRB on 0861 PIRB Plumber (0861 747 2758).
Reputable plumbers will also register with the Institute of Plumbing (IOPSA)
While this is voluntary, it gives consumers additional peace of mind as it ensures that work completed is inspected by the PIRB inspectorate. Non-compliant work that is not corrected leads to deregistration of the respective plumber. There are various contacts available per region which can be found on the IOPSA website.
Ask if the plumber has insurance
This is to ensure that in the event of possible incidents the plumber will be liable and the consumer protected. A plumber should have insurance that includes public liability, defective workmanship, and product liability.
Check if the company has references
If they are credible this should be no problem. Also check their website for additional information and information about current work that they are busy with. Other good references are the IOPSA and PIRB websites.
Ask friends or family who has recently had work done if they can recommend anyone
Although this should steer you in the right direction, you should still investigate the plumber’s compliance and references. If you are still not comfortable you can continue your search of a plumber by making use of the IOPSA and PIRB websites.