For most of us, when we need plumbing work done, it’s a fairly simple matter of finding a great plumber and then getting on with life. But what’s all this you’ve heard about plumbers compliance certificate?
If your drain is blocked, a pipe has gone bang, your hot water’s on the blink, or you’re getting a new kitchen sink installed, you’re going to need a plumber. But in Queensland legislation, plumbing work is actually categorised in four ways.
There’s unregulated work, minor work, notifiable work, and compliance assessable work. And depending on what you’re doing or getting done, you will almost certainly need a licensed tradie, you may need to let the Council know, and you may even need council approval or inspection.
So when you’re getting your plumbing done and you’re looking around for a great Gold Coast plumber, make sure to ask them if they know all about the plumbers compliance certificate.
What is a plumbing certificate of compliance?
Basically, it’s a document that a licensed plumber will give you and the relevant bodies that certify that the work they’ve done complies with all of the plumbing standards, codes and regulations that may be applicable.
Only a licensed plumber can issue a plumbing compliance certificate because it’s an important document that is crucial protection against bad workmanship.
What exactly is a plumbing compliance certificate for?
That plumbing compliance certificate isn’t just a piece of bureaucratic paper that the plumber signs off on. It’s proof that the work they’ve done is not only compliant but has been tested and proven to be safe.
It’s you and your plumber’s legal obligation to ensure plumbing work that is done is compliant, working and safe, and the plumbers compliance certificates are a permanent legal record of that.
What makes plumbers compliance certificates so important?
1. Dodgy tradies
As mentioned above, the main benefit of certified plumbers is to separate the best, fully licensed tradespeople from those prone to faulty workmanship.
2. Great tradies!
As the pay-off to isolating dodgy tradies, the best tradies are left over – which makes picking a great plumber to do your work all the easier and safer.
3. Gas Fitting
A gas compliance certificate confirms your gas fitter is licenced, and that the work carried out meets the required safety standards.
4. Property protection
If you engage a plumber who isn’t going to be able to meet state regulations, you’re putting your valuable property (and even more of your hard-earned money) at risk.
Never forget, all those regulations – including the plumbers compliance certificate – are there to protect you, your family and your community in terms of health, safety and comfort.
In short, you want to avoid them! It’s not just the plumber that could be liable for breaching the rules about compliance certificates, you could too! And the penalties can be harsh, not to mention having to get the work done again … properly.
If the plumbing certificate of compliance is missing or not completed correctly, you could run into trouble with your insurance company if you ever need to make a claim.
So in a nutshell, if you raise the issue of the plumbing compliance certificate with the plumber of your choice and they fob you off, that’s the perfect red flag to keep looking! You can be sure the guys at Gold Coast Plumbing Company are not just highly professional, skilled and experienced, they are fully licensed, insured and also well versed in all the ins and outs of the plumbers compliance certificate! For more info, check out our plumbing FAQs, or get in touch today on 1300 390 361.