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Shonky tradies are being targeted

1 April 2013

Last month, the SA State Government ran a ‘Dob in a dodgy tradie’ initiative encouraging homeowners to voice their concerns about substandard works completed by unqualified and unlicensed hacks. This initiative was developed after the Plumbing Industry Association’s call late last year for a crackdown on shonky operators.

The Association reported that growing numbers of householders were choosing to use unlicensed or untrained tradies in an attempt to bring down household costs in the face of spiralling utility bills.

In some cases, work done by unlicensed and untrained tradespeople had lead to situations where sewage fumes were wafting into kitchens from shoddy pipe work and bungled hot water systems were causing major issues. In nearly all situations a licensed plumber had to be called to fix the works.

Initiatives such as ‘Dob in a dodgie tradie’ once again highlight the need and the importance of ensuring that homeowners understand the dangers of using an unlicensed individual to undertake any plumbing work, from both a health and financial prospective.

This year, Reece will continue to communicate and reinforce the “Don’t Risk It, Use a Licensed Plumber” message, which has been educating the community over the last 16 years. This will be further complemented by our annual ‘DIY disasters’ competition that highlights the dangers of using unlicensed tradies. Through these initiatives, we aim to make sure the public always sees the value in using a licensed plumber.

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