Plumbing and Gas Brisbane: Common Mistakes You Should Avoid

September 8, 2021

Mitchel Plumbing Gas

Plumbing and Gas Brisbane: Common Mistakes You Should Avoid

Welcome to Mitchell Plumbing blog, your friendly neighbourhood plumber and gas fitter. With a decade of industry experience, we've certainly seen it all. We're here to share some insights about common mistakes you should avoid when hiring a gas fitter. So, let's dive in and take a look at some of the blunders you should steer clear from.

What's the difference between a gas fitter and a plumber?

You might be wondering, what's the difference between a gas fitter and a plumber? You see, all gas fitters can plumb, but not all plumbers can fit gas. While we plumbers deal with water supply and drainage, a licensed gas fitter is specifically trained to install, service, and repair gas appliances and systems. So, if you smell gas or need a new gas stove installed, you'll need a gas fitter, not just a plumber. Don't make the mistake of hiring a plumber for a gas job; it's like asking a footy player to compete in a cricket match. They might both be sportsmen, but they've got different skills!

What is gas installation pipework?

Now, let's talk about gas installation pipework. This is the network of pipes that transports gas from the meter to your gas appliances. It's crucial to ensure proper installation as poorly done work can lead to gas leaks - a situation no one wants to be in. When hiring a gas fitter, ensure they're experienced in gas installation pipework. Quality should always come before cost.

Can I do my own plumbing in Queensland?

Now, we hear you asking, "Mitchell, can I do my own plumbing in Queensland?" Well, we admire the DIY spirit, but when it comes to plumbing, it's not as simple as changing a light bulb. In Queensland, it's legal to do minor plumbing repairs like changing a tap washer or replacing a showerhead, but for the big jobs, you'll need a licensed plumber. It's all about safety, folks. You wouldn't want to turn your backyard into a swimming pool accidentally, would you?

Is DIY plumbing legal in Australia?

Speaking of DIY, is it even legal in Australia? Well, as we mentioned before, minor repairs are generally okay. However, for anything more complex or involving gas, you must hire a licensed professional. It's not just about legality; it's about keeping you and your loved ones safe. Imagine trying to fix a gas leak yourself and ending up with a surprise BBQ in your living room. Not the kind of excitement you want on a Sunday afternoon, eh?

So what else should you consider when hiring a gas fitter in Brisbane? Here are some more nuggets of wisdom from us at Mitchell Plumbing and Gas.

  1. Drainage: A good plumber will always ask about your drainage system. If they don't, consider it a red flag. It's not just about installing new stuff but ensuring everything works together harmoniously.
  2. Pipes: There are various types of pipes out there. Make sure your gas fitter uses the right materials for your specific needs.
  3. Repairs: Always inquire about the warranty on repairs. If a gas fitter isn't willing to stand by their work, you might want to think twice.
  4. Renovations: If you're planning a renovation, involve your gas fitter early in the process. They can help you plan effectively and avoid potential problems down the line.
  5. Hot Water Systems: If you're having issues with your hot water system, a qualified gas fitter should be able to diagnose and fix the problem. Ignoring small issues can lead to bigger problems in the future.


Now, let's get into the "not to do's" when dealing with plumbing and gas in Brisbane. Here's a list of common mistakes folks often make:

  1. Ignoring the Licenses: Always, always check if your gas fitter or plumber is licensed. It's not just a piece of paper; it's a guarantee that they've met certain standards and are qualified to do the job.
  2. Going for the Cheapest Option: We all love a good bargain, but when it comes to plumbing and gas, you often get what you pay for. A cheap fix now might end up costing you more in the long run.
  3. Not Asking About Experience: Plumbing and gas fitting are complex trades that require a lot of experience to master. Don't be shy; ask about your gas fitter's experience before hiring them.
  4. Not Considering After-Service: The job doesn't end once the installation or repair is done. A good gas fitter or plumber will offer after-service, including maintenance and repair.
  5. Ignoring Reviews and Recommendations: In this digital age, it's easy to check online reviews and ask for recommendations. Use these resources to make an informed decision.

Now, you might be thinking, "I've got a renovation project coming up. What should I be aware of?" Well, involving your gas fitter early in the process can save a lot of headaches down the line. They can help you plan your plumbing and gas layout effectively, avoiding potential problems and ensuring everything runs smoothly. Don't make the mistake of leaving this important aspect as an afterthought!

And what about those pesky drainage issues? A common mistake people make is ignoring small signs of a problem, like slow-draining sinks or gurgling noises from the pipes. These could be early signs of a blockage or other drainage issues. Ignoring them can lead to more serious problems down the line, like burst pipes or flooding. So, if you notice something off with your drainage, give us a call right away.

And let's not forget the pipes themselves. With so many different types of pipes out there, it's crucial to choose the right one for your specific needs. Not all pipes are created equal, and using the wrong type can lead to problems like leaks or corrosion. A good gas fitter or plumber will be able to advise you on the best type of pipe for your project.

All in all, hiring a gas fitter or plumber is more than just finding the cheapest option. It's about finding a professional who knows their stuff, values safety, and respects your home. That's all from us for now. Remember, if you're in the Brisbane area and need a reliable, friendly, and professional gas fitter or plumber, don't hesitate to give us a call at Mitchell Plumbing and Gas. After all, plumbing runs in our family, so you know you're in good hands.

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