Plumbers: Have You Hired The Right Contractor?


If you decide to hire any professional for whatever kind of service, naturally you would want the assurance that you’ll get the best quality service for your money. Otherwise, you would be better off handling the issue yourself. This is why specific regulatory systems have been designed to protect consumers and ensure that they get their money’s worth.

For instance, in Victoria, the Victorian Building Authority serves as an oversight body that ensures only competent plumbers offer plumbing services. There’s also an established system that must be followed by all professionals in the industry, so that a customer knows exactly what he/ she will get, regardless of the professional he/ she hires.

However, even if the industry is uniformly regulated, there are plumbing service providers that do stand out from the crowd by going even further than the minimum requirements. These are professionals offering specialized services that others may not offer, apart from delivering excellent customer service.

Is Plumbing Only About Water Supply and Drainage?

There exist different forms of plumbing work that different types of contractors can handle. Therefore, you need to be sure about what type of service you need, in order to select the best-suited contractor. Even if you do find that the available contractors handle a wide variety of services, you would need to check out which one emphasizes on the particular kind of service you need. This will help you get the best possible results.

Often, the first thought to come to mind when the word plumbing is mentioned is water supply or drainage work. However, there are a whole host of other services under the broad category of plumbing. Some other types of plumbing services include fire protection and gasfitting. You might also consider those offering non-agricultural irrigation works, mechanical services, stormwater roofing and sanitary work.

What Does and What Doesn’t Constitute as Drainage Work?

Drainage is a key component of any building, including our homes and offices. The integrity of such systems is essential for good sanitation. In fact, proper drainage is also necessary for stormwater apart from waste water.

Typically, the drainage system would be a below-ground installation that you would have a difficult time accessing if it had any problem. Moreover, you would hardly have the competency or the necessary equipment to handle much of the maintenance and repair issues. Hence, you need to select a contractor that is experienced and fully equipped to handle not just maintenance and repair, but also testing, installation, construction, alteration and commissioning of such systems.

However, even before you seek out a specialist in drainage works, you need to be aware that certain aspects aren’t really classified as drainage work. Understanding the limits of what constitutes drainage work will help you select only contractors that are particularly suited for the exact type of job you have in mind. For example, works involving subsoil water collection through subsoil drains aren’t really drainage works. Similarly, below-ground storage, retention tanks, grated channels and stormwater pits are also not part of any drainage works.


Source by James Hasapis