Have you thought about dabbling into the world of DIY plumbing? The DIY Plumbing “do it yourself” method for home improvements has recently escalated in Australia. A series of prominent TV shows has helped inspire many Aussies to have a go at home renovations.
While there’s nothing wrong with this, there are specific tasks that should – and must – be left up to licensed professionals. Things like electrical work and plumbing are two prime examples. So, is it legal to attempt DIY plumbing work? And if you do your own plumbing, how does that affect your homeowners insurance?
What Is Legal and Illegal When It Comes To DIY Plumbing?
Not every aspect of plumbing-related tasks is illegal or can’t be carried out by someone unlicensed. There are some things the DIY handyperson is allowed to do. Rules can vary from state to state, so check the legislation in your area for clarification. If you’re unsure, then don’t attempt any plumbing work. Call in licensed plumbing professionals.
For example, in Queensland, you can change a tap washer or showerhead, install or maintain an irrigation system for your backyard, maintain ground-level sanitary grates and so on.
Everything else needs to be performed by a licensed plumber. If you attempt any other form of plumbing work to your plumbing system, you will be breaking the law.
DIY Plumbing – Does It Affect Your Home Insurance?
Suppose plumbing issues arise in your home that result in water damage when you claim your insurance to cover the cost of that damage. In that case, there is a chance an insurance inspection of your home will be carried out before any money is released for repairs.
If it’s deemed that the plumbing problems were a result of amateur or illegal DIY plumbing jobs or illegal DIY projects, your insurance company will not pay out, and there is also the chance that your insurance policy could get cancelled.
Is It Worth Taking the Risk?
Regarding your homeowner’s insurance provider and peace of mind, you’re better off calling in a professional plumber for all your plumbing requirements. Why take a chance on a catastrophic problem that could result in your home insurance companies won’t cover it?
On the Sunshine Coast, get in touch with Refined Plumbing. All our prices are fair, and quality results are guaranteed.
Original article by Refined Plumbing Sunshine Coast.