Why is Plumbing Important: Cairns Plumber Guide for Homeowners

Integral to every home is its plumbing system, primarily responsible for providing clean water and disposing wastes safely. The condition of water pipes, fittings, appliances and water treatment facilities directly affect the health and safety of home occupants, requiring regular checks and maintenance conducted by a licensed Cairns plumber.

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Function of plumbing

Health protection: People need clean drinking water, free of contaminants and an effective system for removing wastes generated in washing and food preparation areas. Damaged or defective plumbing systems can compromise water quality through the introduction of harmful microorganisms and contaminants.

Drinking or using unclean water can be the leading cause of disease or the agent in the transmission of infectious disease, as seen in SARS. At the height of the SARS outbreak, the World Health Organisation noted that inadequate plumbing may have contributed to the spread of this deadly disease. Moreover, effective waste disposal prevents raw sewerage from backing up into homes and yards. Thus, high quality and efficient Cairns plumber services are vital to the health of the community.

Quality of life: A blocked sink and toilet are common problems that can disrupt home life. Lack of access to a kitchen sink or toilet even for a few hours can cause chaos so that a plumber is called upon immediately for emergency repair.

Home preservation: Water coming from leaks and burst water pipes can cause substantial damage to walls, floors, ceilings, furniture and other home fixtures. In particular, water leaking from hidden pipes can gradually seep into walls, causing corrosion which weakens a home’s structure and diminishes its beauty.

Plumbing maintenance can detect early corrosion and address the problem before a home suffers serious damage. By averting structural damage and preserving a home’s appearance, plumbing works can also increase a home’s resale value.

Water conservation: Australia currently faces severe clean water shortage, particularly in densely populated areas. The increasing water scarcity has prompted a review of reduction of water flow on plumbing and drainage systems.

Traditional sanitary plumbing systems were designed to manage large water volumes such as the 12-litre flush water closets (WC). In their place, the plumbing industry recommends the installation of systems which produce lower toilet flush volumes and other efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances.

Environmental protection: Many cities in Australia now require plumbing systems to meet sustainability criteria for reserve and energy conservation. Such green plumbing practices are designed to reduce wastewater and greenhouse gas emissions.

When you need plumbing

For most of us, it is only when a problem strikes that attention is given to plumbing. However, early installation of high quality plumbing is more cost effective than corrective works since replacing and repairing defective or non-compliant systems can cost much more than the original installation.

Reducing water costs: Consumers are generally charged for water based on their consumption and can save costs through water conservation. Plumbers can perform water audit and identify where and how water can be saved.

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cairns plumber sink repairs

Storm water treatment: Treatment plants may not always cope with excess water brought about by storms and floods. As a result, raw sewerage along with storm water containing pollutants may be pumped into the sea or river, causing serious environmental harm. The safer solution is to install a system for trapping initial storm water while allowing remaining storm water to drain off naturally. A licensed Cairns plumber is trained in the correct installation and maintenance of domestic treatment plants used for the safe disposal of household and human waste water and storm water.

Safety after flood: Owners or occupants of properties affected by floods need plumbing services for checking all pipework, fittings and plumbing appliances to ensure that they are fit for use immediately after the local government confirms that water is safe for drinking. Other important plumbing services after a flood include

flushing and cleaning the cistern before using toilets and sanitary fixtures,

servicing a septic tank

checking pipework, fittings and other plumbing appliances for any damage

Plumbing works are vital in:

  • water supply
  • water conservation
  • backflow prevention
  • sanitary drainage
  • hot water system replacement
  • scald protection
  • storm water reticulation
  • urban irrigation
  • roofing and guttering
  • roof ventilation
  • sky lights
  • gas installations
  • water proofing and seepage control
  • medical gases and
  • bathroom and kitchen renovations

Types of plumbing services

Draining includes installation of new drains, relieving blocked drains and the repair and maintenance of pipes and fittings.

Emergency plumbing is ideal for urgent situation such as burst pipes.

Gasfitting works ensure that the gas system is safe to use and does not pose any danger. This includes the installation of gas metres, regulators, valves and burners.

Toilet repairs involve the installation, repair and maintenance of pipes and fittings that are associated with the removal of sewage from the home.

Mechanical services plumbing pertains to heating, cooling and ventilation systems of buildings, such as the installation, removal, repair and maintenance of pipes, valves, regulators, tanks and air conditioning systems.

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cairns plumber roof repairs

Roof plumbing involves the installation, renewal, repair and maintenance of roof coverings and roof water systems such as gutters, rainwater piping and downpipes.

Sanitary plumbing includes the installation, repair, renewal and removal of pipes and fittings to receive and convey sewage.

Water plumbing covers the installation, removal, repair and maintenance of pipes and fittings designed to convey hot and cold water.

Choosing a plumber

Existing regulations require a Cairns plumber to obtain a local license for conducting core plumbing activities such as water, sanitary, drainage and gas. Licensing ensures that only a qualified and competent local plumber performs plumbing works and that the plumbing products installed comply with legal rules. It also guarantees that a plumber is highly skilled and trained in the latest technology, Australian Standards and regulations on plumbing and that he adheres to a professional Code of Ethics.