There are certain numbers that you store in your phone: your partner, the kids, your GP, and, if you’re smart, your local Bayside plumber!
You might have a number of tradies saved in your phone, and they’ve probably helped you a couple of times when something’s gone wrong!
It’s fair to say that many of us rely on our plumbing.
But how many of us know that much about their plumber, and how they work?
To many, plumbing is something you’ll never deal with directly.
As a result, most people don’t really know that much about the art of plumbing, the attributes of a good plumber, and the challenges we face.
Today, we’re going to fix that by explaining some of the things you didn’t know about your local plumber in Brighton.
Things you didn’t know about your Bayside plumber
1) A plumber’s job can be dangerous
While many of us acknowledge that plumbing work can certainly be messy, very few of us associate it with being dangerous.
At Watermaster Plumbing, for example, our licensed gas plumbers perform a range of gasfitting services.
This can include:
- Gas hot water installation
- Gas leak detection and repairs
- Gas appliance installation
Fires and explosions are some of the biggest risks associated with gas plumbing, so it’s paramount that for any type of gas work, you engage a licensed gas plumber.
Also remember, that not all plumbers are licensed to work with gas.
That’s just one type of job that may expose our plumbers to danger. Our team also works on construction and renovation sites, which come with their own unique hazards, too.
Further, plumbers may be exposed to hazardous materials and substances, including lead, mould, and more.
2) Plumbers have undergone extensive training
Let’s just say there’s a reason plumber training is so rigorous.
The best plumbers need to possess a working knowledge of physics and engineering. We need to understand how gravity, pressure and heat loss affects your pipes and water.
While 80% of domestic plumbing jobs are fairly routine and straightforward in our experience, it’s the last 20% that separates the great plumbers from the average ones.
This is especially important for challenging commercial plumbing jobs!
What should every plumber know?
While their skill set is huge, here are a few skills they should possess:
- Physical strength
- Attention to detail
- Basic maths
- Mechanical knowhow
- Regulatory compliance
3) Plumbers must be licensed and registered
Not everyone can simply become a plumber.
As we mentioned above, it’s a job that can at times be dangerous, and which requires a working knowledge of several advanced concepts.
As such, plumbers need to go through a stringent licensing process.
To work as a plumber, we need to:
- Complete practical and theory exams
- Obtain references from other plumbers
- Prove that we’re insured
Not only that, but there are certain types of plumbing work that require their very own licences.
For example, roof plumbing requires additional training to certify that we can safely work on your roof.
Does your plumber look dodgy? If so, demand to see their licence – this will certify what sort of work they’re able to carry out, and prove that they know their stuff.
4) Plumbing is a rewarding career
Have you ever wondered why most plumbers stay in their job for more than a decade? It’s simple: we love what we do!
As they say, variety is the spice of life… and a plumbing career has plenty of that.
One day, you might be fixing leaky taps or installing a new sink at a local client’s home. The next day, you might be starting a four-week project supporting a new commercial development.
Not only that, but plumbing (as with all trades) is a hands-on job.
And as any home DIY-er knows, working with your hands is intensely rewarding and satisfying – just imagine a career that gives you that rush every single day.
5) We can save you money
And it’s all thanks to preventative, proactive plumbing.
Essentially, the idea is that we identify minor plumbing problems in your home or business – before they cause major damage further down the line.
While today’s plumbing issue may only be a minor annoyance, it could turn into a major (and costly) issue if ignored.
Stop this from happening by getting it fixed early on by your Bayside plumber.
For example, say you have a minor leak in your roof. No big deal… for now, that is.
Fast-forward to a year or two down the line, and you might notice that your ceiling is starting to stain, and that there’s a distinct mouldy smell in the air.
In the most extreme cases, the insulation and wooden rafters may also have become rotten, and the wires in your ceiling may have been exposed to water.
Now you need a structural engineer and electrician as well -if only you got that leak fixed early on!
6) Plumbing is an on-call profession
We know that in many cases ,you need a plumber immediately to solve an unexpected or dangerous problem.
Some plumbing problems that need immediate intervention and can’t be delayed include:
While you can leave a leaky tap for a little while, some problems can’t wait, and require urgent service.
Our plumbers deliver a rapid-response service, ensuring you get the support you need – exactly when you need it!
What is one easy way to check for plumbing leaks in the home?
In many cases, the first sign of a water leak – such as a wet ceiling or smell of mould – usually indicates that the problem is already well-established. And unfortunately, that could mean that significant damage has already been done.
In other cases, you may not have detected visible signs, but if your water bills are so high, you might suspect a hidden leak deep within your home’s plumbing system.
This is what you can do:
- Check your water meter and take note of its reading
- Turn off every fixture, fitting, and appliance connected to water
- That can include your toilet, taps, and washing machine
- Now, go back to the meter and see if it is still moving
- If it is – it sounds like you’ve got a hidden leak somewhere!
Now you’ve done the groundwork – let our plumbers in South Melbourne do the rest.
Need a plumber in Bayside?
So by now, we hope you’ve got a better understanding of our industry including our unique skill set and the types of issues we solve daily.
And now, it’s time to learn which local plumber you should choose to trust in your home, workplace, or commercial property.
On the hunt for a local plumbing team in Melbourne? Watermaster Plumbing has you covered.
You deserve prompt, reliable and efficient plumbing services, especially in times of emergencies – service that our plumbers are able to provide!
Our Bayside plumbers are based in Sandringham and we operate across Melbourne’s south east.
Need a plumber – now?