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Plumbing is a vital part of any home and it must be installed and maintained correctly in order to avoid future problems. For the safety of homeowners, all states and territories require plumbing work to be carried out by a licensed contractor . Unlicensed plumbing work is illegal and may also be unsafe.

What Plumbers Do

Plumbers are necessary in any renovation or installation in wet areas of the home, such as the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Licensed plumber/gasfitters can also install gas systems, whether it is for cooking or for your hot water system. In some areas, a limited gasfitting licence or registration may be required for gasfitting work. To find out more about licensing regulations in your state or territory, visit licensedtrades.com.au .

Some residential jobs routinely carried out by plumbers include:

Plumbing installation , maintenance and repair New Drains installation Drain repairs Unblocking drains Hot water system installation and repair 24/7 Emergency plumbing service

Choosing a Plumber

Most plumbers are able to carry out any of the jobs listed above, but in some cases, you may want to choose a plumber who regularly performs specialized tasks. Some of these might include:

Gasfitters : If you use gas in your home, you will need the services of a qualified gas fitter to ensure the gas is safe to use and does not pose any danger. A gas fitter can install and service fixtures and appliances in residential, commercial and industrial areas. They can also install gas meters, regulators, valves and burners.

Toilet installation or toilet repair : installing, repairing and maintaining pipes and fittings that are associated with the removal of sewage from the home. A plumber will repair your toilet as quickly as possible, so that things can go back to normal.

Guttering : having the correct roof plumbing and guttering will ensure that water flows off your roof correctly even during heavy rain. Guttering can be made from many different materials, including copper, PVC, zinc aluminium alloys, Zincalume and Colorbond steel. Types of gutters include half-round gutters, quad gutters, square fronted gutters and smoothline gutters.

Green Plumbing - this is a type of plumbing that saves water around the home and reduces the strain on the public water supply. Green plumbing services can include the installation and servicing of solar hot water plumbing , rainwater tank installation and/or grey water system plumbing . By taking a look at your existing plumbing and seeing where you can improve, you can help save water, money and the environment.

Home Renovation Plumbing - if you are renovating or building a new home, taking the time to get the appropriate plumbing systems installed can save a lot of money and inconvenience in the future. A plumber will be able to advise on the best plumbing system and solutions for your project.

The installation of grease traps and/or backflow systems can help reduce the possibility of major plumbing problems.

Water Plumbing refers to installing, repairing and maintaining pipes and fittings that transfer hot and cold water to the home.

Mechanical Services Plumbing ? if you have a heating or cooling system (such as air conditioning ) in your home or commercial property, you may need assistance with installing, maintaining and repairing pipes and fittings associated with that system.

When choosing a plumber, be sure to get at least three quotes for your project. Ask to see the plumber's licence and qualifications and your plumber should also carry insurance. For some types of work, the plumber may also need to provide you with a compliance certificate when the job is done. The compliance certificate protects you if a problem arises within a set period of time. For some types of work, your plumber may also need a special licence or "scope of work" authorisation from their state licensing authority.

How Much Do Plumbers Cost?

In some areas, plumbers charge as little as $50 per hour, but the national average is closer to $100 per hour. Plumbers may have set rates for some kinds of routine jobs, such as toilet installations. For larger jobs, such as new home plumbing , plumbers will quote for the entire job. They should provide you with all specifications. When comparing quotes for larger jobs, take a careful look at all the details. You can only make a fair comparison if the quotes are all for the same level of service.

Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 28 July 2015 to reflect current market pricing.

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