When clients call for a plumber, they usually don’t care how you fix the problem, what tools you use/ where the water comes from, but you do. If something has to go wrong, those smiling faces can quickly turn into steam engines and sometimes drag the law into it.
For some plumbers, it’s only after landing in hot water do, we consider the laws we should have followed to protect ourselves. Don’t be that guy, do the right thing.
How it works:
Every state has a different set of laws, but they all work towards the common goal of ensuring plumbing fittings are correctly designed, installed and maintained to prevent contamination to drinking water and also prevent wastage.
Regulation officers are there to ensure that these rules are followed and are on par, which applies to everybody, from the public water suppliers to anybody who installs plumbing fittings, including the owners and occupiers who use the services.
Consent is then given to these water companies before work begins, and inspection programs are also run.
Sounds simple enough, right? On the flip side, plumbing that is installed incorrectly can harm the occupiers of those buildings and lead to unnecessary prosecution. This is where things can get pricey.
What happens when things go wrong?
Pipes that are incorrectly installed or poorly maintained can cause two problems:
– Either there is backflow, or
– Low pressure, which means a burst pipe/ water main.
Why am I telling you this? There’s a point. Stay with me. In domestic structures, pipes are usually connected directly to the tap and the main supply. If this mains pressure drops, then it must be protected by a “Double check valve” or a “non return valve”, which prevents water from flowing back into those pipes pumping them out. There’s regulations for these processes, too and not following them in these simple and preventable cases can result in very costly damage repairs later on, which can affect your business, reputation and license.
For larger businesses, hospitals, morgues, etc., the regulations are set much higher as are their contamination risks.
Ever had people told you the water tastes like chemicals? In some cases, that’s caused by water being sucked back up the rubber pipes used for filling your washing machine. This occurs when hoses made from cheap materials react with the chlorine in the water supply, leading to that chemical taste. This is where using materials approved by your regulatory schemes come in handy in your local state and not just any cheap ones, which may not last as long and can cost you a good review or a client.
TIP: Make sure all your plumbing systems are concealed properly with a lid as rats, mice, other rodents, including insects, and even rusty equipment can get into the system and poison your supply leading to health issues.
What to do going forward?
– Because plumbing needs to be above regulation standards in each state, most often plumbers who are legally registered are more trusted than a plumber who do not have any paperwork- These approved contractors have already been checked for their qualifications, knowledge of water fitting regulations, so your customers don’t have to go through that hassle of doing it themselves.
– When their work is done, a certificate is also provided stating that everything complies with the regulations.
– Leaks can lead to failing water systems; whether it’s small or a large one, it still uses energy to get treated and be pumped out. I don’t think it’s not that major. It’s still harming the environment and increasing their household/ business costs unnecessarily. This is why proper workmanship from an approved plumber/ businessman is important as customers do tend to talk to each other, and no news travels faster than “word of mouth” advertising.
– Which leads to pricing structures. You don’t want neighbors and clients talking to each other and comparing your fees. Chances are, you may lose a client for it.
Make sure all your pipework and fittings are correct and well maintained, don’t wait for something to go wrong or for an officer to inspect your work and discredit your workmanship.