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How to Spot a Dodgy Emergency Plumber

The last thing you want when your home feels like it’s rivaling Sydney Harbour thanks to the amount of water rushing through is to find out that you’ve hired a real dud of a plumber. The majority of plumbers or plumbing contractors you hire in an emergency situation will be on the level and will get the job done quickly and properly, but you need to know the signs of a dodgy plumber just in case you have the misfortune of letting one in your home.

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The biggest alarm bell should come from hearing about their certification and accreditation. If your plumber hasn’t either completed a Certificate III in Plumbing at TAFE or completed an apprenticeship that includes a Certificate III in Plumbing then you need to get him out of there before he starts messing around with your plumbing. Without that certificate, they can’t be registered as a plumber in NSW.

Another alarm bell should be the cost. If their rate sounds too good to be true than it really is. To get work, a dodgy or non-certified plumber relies on emergency call-outs to people who either can’t afford a big repair bill or aren’t willing to pay it. The average price of a plumber might seem a little steep but remember this will often include things like call-out fees, materials and labour. When it comes to plumbing, cheapest is definitely not best.

Poor reviews should also be a clear giveaway that the man with his hand down your toilet really isn’t up to the job. Always take advice from friends and family when it comes to choosing your plumber and failing that get online and do some quick Googling to make sure nothing nasty comes up when you search for that particular plumber.

A dodgy plumber can end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars so you really need to make sure that your emergency plumber is the real deal. To find out more about who and who alone should be fiddling with your pipes readPlumbing Renovation: Do It Yourself or Dial a Contractor?.


Geoff James
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Geoff grew up in Berala near Lidcombe in Sydney and attended Birrong Boys High School where he finished his Year 10 school certificate. Geoff was encouraged by his uncle to consider plumbing as he had done a bit of plumbing work on weekends during his school years. DJ Childs Plumbing in Canterbury offered him a plumbing apprenticeship and he spent most of his time working on plumbing maintenance and new roofs on commercial sites. Geoff on Google+.