Plumbing Projects You Can Tackle Legally



Do you know that almost all the municipalities now require a plumbing COC (Certificate of Compliance) before they will approve the sale of any house in their area. The question is what DIY plumbing work can you do yourself that is legal and will not affect your COC?


Plumbing affects our lives more than many of us realize. We need the water supply (so we can drink, and wash and clean ourselves, our homes and our belongings); to get rid of waste and sewage; and we need to be able to channel water away from the house and in addition to make use of water in the garden. While plumbing in our homes and other buildings must be installed by a qualified and registered plumber, there are plumbing projects that you can do yourself. Most of these tasks relate to maintenance, and by taking the DIY plumbing route, you can save yourself a lot of money. But you do need to know how to do the job correctly, and be sure that you are not contravening the law.


Examples of DIY Plumbing You Can Do

Once the plumbing system has been installed, with a little savvy any homeowner will be able to keep it going and make minor upgrades like changing tap (or faucet) washers, flushing out blocked drains, and even changing tap valves and tap parts.

Seemingly more complicated plumbing-related projects will entail installing new showers and shower sets; removing old sinks or basins and fitting new ones; possibly even replacing an old bath in the bathroom. You may also want to replace shower mixers and shower heads in the bathroom, or tap mixers in the bathroom or kitchen. If you buy good quality products from companies like Cobra or Delta, they will usually include DIY instructions.


Plumbing You Cannot Legally Do

First of all, for both health and safety reasons, nobody without a plumbing qualification may install a plumbing system. It is also essential that only qualified and registered plumbers install hot water cylinders.

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