Daily, people employ unqualified, uncertified plumbers and put the health and safety of their family at risk. This is simply done to save a buck by using people who want to make a quick buck.
World Plumbing Day was celebrated on 11 March, and the reason behind celebrating this day is simple. Plumbing is not just about toilets and pipes. It is a trade that protects the health and safety of people and the environment. That glass of clean water and the flushing toilets enjoyed every day can all be attributed to the services of a quality plumber. Therefore, the responsibility lies with the consumer to employ qualified plumbers to ensure good quality services at a fair price.
South Africa is privileged to have dedicated industry bodies ensuring the plumbers work according safely, conforming to the highest standards. For 22 years, the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) has existed, ensuring the health of South Africans, preserving the environment through water conservation and using resources efficiently and effectively. IOPSA is also concerned about the quality of products used in the industry and ensures members are suitably trained to perform this task using compliant products and engineering. SABS-approved products may be more expensive than others, but be assured it is a trusted, quality product.
More protection is available to the consumer through the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB), an organisation registering plumbers and their competency with a comprehensive registration system. If a plumber claims to be PIRB registered, demand they show their membership card. When the work is done, they should issue a certificate of compliance (CoC) to guarantee the job is up to standard. The job can be assessed by a PIRB assessor and if the work is defective, it must be rectified. Quality plumbers are qualified plumbers.