Most people think plumbing is a dirty work. Sure, you may have to deal with blocked toilets, sewer lines and drains but there’s way more to this job than toilets and drains. The plumbing industry is very important because, without it, modern life wouldn’t exist. More and more residential , commercial and industrial area are being build up, and problems with drainage, sewer system, pipes and other plumbing problems appear too frequently. As such, plumbers are required to install, as well as repair and maintain these systems regularly and efficiently.

As we must say, there are pros and cons of being a plumber. People’s perception of the plumbing industry do change dramatically from time to time. Plumbing is a physically demanding job and you have to be fit and strong to do it. You have to work in extreme conditions. Its dirty and can be dangerous yet, it is a rewarding job.

To become a good and effective plumber, you need to have various skills and competences including: problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, safety skills, good communication skills, physical skills and the most important one should be complete technical plumbing courses.

 

 

Yes, you can negotiate with plumbers. However, you need to understand what affects their prices and the strategies they use to set them. There is a balance between negotiating to save money and paying your plumber a decent amount for their professional services.

Sydney Plumbing Emergencies often happen late at night, early in the morning or on a weekend/public holiday? These problems always seem to come at the worst possible time. For this reason, there are often plumbers who will take advantage and advertise rates that are often too good to be true in the hope you book them in and then, once
locked in, jack the prices up, usually 2-5 times the regular rate.

For all Sydney plumbing emergencies, we charge a flat fee between $250 – $350 + GST, which covers the after-hours call out to your door and will usually cover the minimum costs associated with making the property safe as this is our number one priority. Once onsite, you will never pay any extra rates for after-hours services. From midday to
midnight, the rate you pay will stay the same as if the works were done during regular operating hours.

The best way to find the plumber is through a trusted referral; often, it is best to engage a Sydney plumber with whom someone you know already has been involved with and has used. If you do not know a trusted local plumber, the next best thing you can do is check their credentials and do research online and check their reviews.
Online reviews are a great way to gauge if a plumber’s previous clients were satisfied with the quality of their products and services, check out Proximity plumbing reviews.

Furthermore, evaluate only plumbers who can deliver proof of insurance and business registry. In some circumstances, you can also ask the plumber how long he has been in the plumbing industry. The more experience the plumber or company has – the better the service usually is.

Our top tip is to check their Google reviews! If a person you trust can recommend a local Sydney plumber they have used in the past, it’s a clear indication if the plumber is reliable and worth engaging. Typically a paying customer pays close attention to costs, the quality of the service, and the value they receive and often will go out of their way
to share their experience with a local plumber Sydney.

Like many home improvements, there are some regulations on DIY plumbing at your homes. These regulations detail what you are permitted to do by yourself and what you must call professional plumbers to handle. These regulations are not mere recommendations; rather, they must be followed under the Australian Law and Regulations. This is for your safety, only licensed plumbers can legally handle most plumbing problems, which can carry serious risks if not done correctly.

What DIY Plumbing can you do yourself?

These are the plumbing problems which you are permitted to handle by yourself.

  • Shower head replacement
  • Irrigation systems downstream from a tap, or an isolating valve.
  • Changing a tap washer
  • Replacement of caps on the openings on sanitary drains.
  • Maintenance and cleaning of ground level grates to traps on the drains.
  • DIY drain clearing with a plunger or drain snake

 

We encourage that if it’s a bigger job like a sewer rehabilitation or Pipe Relining to get multiple quotes and compare apples for apples. This way, you can see the difference that sets us apart from every other plumbing company & so you can see we are generally providing you with tremendous service, prices, and ultimately great value.

We like to keep it simple from the start with an obligation free $0 Call Out Fee. Whether you call us direct or fill in a contact form, we do not charge for our initial call-out. We will come to your house and investigate your problem free of charge. We will then provide you with a full quote to ensure it’s clear from the start what your plumbing service will cost.

You are in control – if you are happy with the price provided, our plumbers will start immediately. If you are not satisfied with the proposal, there is no obligation and no call out fee required for our time and advice. We also offer all clients a complimentary home plumbing inspection to ensure no hidden surprises in the future, this is a great way to ensure you have preventative measures in place.

Remember these three golden rules

1. No professional plumber can ever give you a price over the phone without an on-site diagnosis just like no doctor could ever diagnosis a patient on the phone.

2. The old saying, “too good to be true” sums it up! do your research & shop local

3. It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little- licensed vs unlicensed plumber blog here.

There are many industries that require the services of trained plumbers. Therefore, the demand for skilled plumbing services is increasing.

Plumbing is on the top list of jobs that are in high demand in Australia at the moment. It’s a simple supply and demand case. That’s why territories around Australia need highly qualified plumbing professionals that can work on any task such as tap repairs or drainage systems. Plumbing is a regulated and licensed trade, which allows workers to work their way up to a master plumber.

In big cities like in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney territories, the development is continuous. Skills of trade workers such as plumbers are required to keep the development moving forward.

If you’re suddenly in need of a professional plumber, your next thought may be “how much do plumbers charge?” And it’s a fair question – we’ve all heard the horror stories of plumbers ripping off clients left, right and center. 

How Much Do Plumbers Charge? 

It is one of the most asked questions in the industry. How much do plumbers charge in Sydney Australia? The answer is: It depends on the company and the service. “Plumbing” is a very general term and covers all things from replacement washers and burst flexi hoses to a full pipe relining job. Different plumbers will structure their quotes differently, but here’s something to be wary of: super cheap and overly “easy” quotes.

Proximity Plumbing does not have an hourly rate; we charge by the job. Although this does not appeal to everyone, we have found this is the most transparent way to conduct business. When it comes to plumbing, every job is different. That is why you are calling us in to fix it. We often find we need to see the problem before letting you know how much it will cost to fix it. That is why we offer the complimentary call out, and once we are on-site, we can determine what the job will cost. Each type of job has an upfront fixed price, and we need to determine what that is by conducting a thorough inspection.

Here’s our blog regarding how much do plumbers charge per hour: https://proximityplumbing.com.au/blogs/how-much-do-plumbers-usually-charge-per-hour/

When it’s NOT the time to DIY plumbing!

There’s an awesome sense of achievement when you’ve had a morning of being a handyman or handy woman around the house, fixing things and feeling like Tim the Toolman (for all our growing-up-in-the-90’s readers).

But when it comes to your home’s plumbing there are a few instances where DIY is not the best course of action. Professional plumbers spend years learning their trade for good reason – those pipes can be tricky!

So here are 5 times when DIY is not your friend and it’s time to call a professional plumber:

  1. In an emergency situation
  2. If you’re having sewage issues
  3. When you smell gas
  4. You have a leak

Read more regarding hiring a professional plumber or do it yourself: https://proximityplumbing.com.au/blogs/five-plumbing-issues-to-leave-to-the-professionals/

We like to keep it simple from the start with an obligation free $0 Call Out Fee. Whether you call us direct or fill in a contact form, we do not charge for our initial call- out. We will come to your house and investigate your problem free of charge. We will then provide you with a full quote to ensure it’s clear from the start what your plumbing service will cost.

You are in control – if you are happy with the price provided, our plumbers will start immediately. If you are not satisfied with the proposal, there is no obligation and no call out fee required for our time and advice. We also offer all clients a complimentary home plumbing inspection to ensure no hidden surprises in the future, this is a great way to ensure you have preventative measures in place.

We are passionate about making the entire process as transparent and
straightforward as possible which starts with contacting your local emergency sydney plumbing company 24 hours a day.

At the end of the day, all you want isa reliable plumber that is transparent and problem solves your issue and that is exactly what we do and who we are, check out the latest blog on all things you need to know before engaging a Sydney plumber.

Looking for plumbing quotes? Learn the difference between a large company vs a small plumbing company. https://proximityplumbing.com.au/blogs/plumbing-quotes-big-vs-small/