Consumers are being warned not to install DIY hoses and bidets during the global COVID-19 crisis, after an article titled “Australian Ingenuity Saves the Day Again” was published in the Sunday Mail on 5 April highlighting a DIY toilet conversion.
The article states “with all the toilet nonsense going on at the moment, my partner attached a simple hose to our toilet (in flow) tap, so we now hose rather than wipe – a bit like a bidet.”
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ), the peak industry body representing the plumbing industry, warns Queenslanders that this type of installation is illegal and could put the health and safety of your family at risk. Plumbing, drainage and gas work is not DIY.
MPAQ has advised the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), the regulator for plumbing and drainage work in Queensland, about this matter and it has been referred to the nonconforming building products team to review.
Plumbing, drainage and gasfitting work is essential to ensuring the health and safety of our community, and this is particularly important given the viral pandemic that we are currently facing.
MPAQ’s President, Kent Vickers, said “We understand that consumers might have more time to do work at home at the moment, but plumbing or gas work cannot be one of those tasks. It must be completed by licensed plumbers and gasfitters.”
“Plumbing, drainage and gas trades are administered by a strict licensing and legislative regime for a reason, as water and waste are directly linked to the health and safety of the community. This is why it is imperative that persons hold the relative licences and insurances, to ensure the safety and protection of the community through the provision of clean drinking water, sanitation, and gas.”
“Additionally, home owners should ask their plumber and/or gasfitter to provide their licence prior to engaging in any plumbing, drainage or gasfitting work.”
MPAQ members are appropriately licensed and abide by a code of conduct that helps to ensure consumers have that extra level of protection. They are also being provided with support and resources from their industry association to ensure they provide their customers with quality and safe services to limit the spread of COVID-19.
To find a licensed plumber, visit www.mpaq.com.au/find-a-plumber.