Can I do my own plumbing in Qld? You’ve gone out and bought all of the right tools and parts for the job. You’re ready to give it some elbow grease and save a pretty penny on your home DIY project! Then, before you know it, you’re paying a professional tradesman to re-do the whole job properly.
Buying some paint to give your walls a new lease on life can be a great idea if you have the right tools and know-how. But the same can’t be said for more complex jobs like plumbing and electrical.
The fact is, if you’re not an insured, licensed plumber or electrician, there’s only so much you can legally do yourself before you’re putting you and your home in danger, and you could well be breaking the law. For starters, as of 1 July 2019, an unlicensed individual can be hit with a $32,000+ fine under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018. So, what plumbing work can you do yourself?
So, what plumbing can I do?
Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is always asked “what plumbing can I do in Qld” and states unregulated plumbing work which can be undertaken by an unlicensed person includes:
- Replacing a showerhead
- Replacing a domestic water filter cartridge
- Replacing a jumper valve or washer in a tap
- Repair or replace drop valve washer, float valve washer, or suction cup rubber in the toilet cistern
- Replace caps to ground level inspection openings on a sanitary drain
- Clean or maintain ground level grate for a trap on a sanitary drain
- Install or maintain an irrigation or lawn watering system downstream of a tap, isolation valve, or backflow prevention device on the supply pipe for a watering system
- Repair or maintain an irrigation system for the disposal of effluent from a greywater use facility or on-site sewage facility.
- Incidental unskilled tasks such as digging or backfilling a trench.
All other plumbing work must be carried out by a plumber with a current plumbing and drainage licence. Dodgy plumbing is a serious health and safety risk, and is not to be taken lightly.
Don’t risk DIY plumbing
Carrying out your own plumbing work other than these simple tasks can seem fairly low risk but homeowners can run into problems down the track. We’ve lost count of the amount of times we are called out to fix taps that home-owners have tried to change the washers on themselves, and created more problems
For instance, if something goes wrong or a fault occurs in your plumbing system which requires an insurance claim you may be left without protection if your insurance provider uncovers that related unlicensed work has been carried out on your system.
Problems can arise when it comes time to sell your home as well. Any unlicensed or faulty work uncovered in a pre-purchase building inspection will need to be corrected by a licensed plumber at your expense.
Another common issue with doing your own plumbing in Qld is product warranties can become void if any work or repairs are carried out by an unlicensed person. This can affect things like your hot water system or septic system.
Get the help of a professional plumber
Call your local licensed plumber to ensure the work is being carried out to the relevant industry, state, and Australian standards, is compliant, and covered by insurance, and MOST importantly, is safe and hygienic for you and your family.