Plumbing laws we didn't know about

@JudyEv (327605)
Rockingham, Australia
April 10, 2024 12:21am CST
In 2000, the West Australian Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations decreed that home-owners could no longer do their own basic plumbing tasks. This included maintenance, repair and replacement of taps and showerheads; replacement of washers and water filter cartridges and clearing blocked pipes with a plunger. I’m not sure who would have been aware of these restrictions because we certainly weren’t. Vince has been doing all sorts of these smaller repairs for a very long time. Bigger tasks still require a licensed plumber which is fair enough. Of course, plumbers often get called when something goes wrong where a person has been trying to do their own repairs. And you may be risking your insurance if you try to do a major repair and it goes wrong. I can’t believe these laws have been in place for so long and we weren’t aware of them. The photo is of a community water point that we saw in France.
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@LadyDuck (461395)
• Switzerland
10 Apr
We were aware of that, we need a licensed plumber to come every year to replace the water filter. We have so many annoying laws here. I understand they are to "protect" the health of people, but they are annoying and expensive.
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@LadyDuck (461395)
• Switzerland
11 Apr
@JudyEv - Same here, they seem to treat people like kids. They cannot protect everyone, no matter what the dictate to do. Switzerland is also a nanny state.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
It's like that here. They seem to be trying to protect everyone from everything but of course, that's just impossible.
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@snowy22315 (171738)
• United States
10 Apr
I don't even think they would try to enforce laws like that here. There are a lot of do it yourselfers around.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
There are here too. I'm sure a great many are unaware of these laws.
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@ptrikha_2 (45691)
• India
10 Apr
In India, people rarely do plumbing works on own, except for a few cases. So such laws cannot be valid here.
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@ptrikha_2 (45691)
• India
13 Apr
@JudyEv Some people who have a keen interest do. Else not. One way could be to include it in school curriculum but that is not being done. Instead such things were more common in the Ancient Indian educational system of Gurukul. The pupils were more well rounded and even their understanding levels were higher.
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@ptrikha_2 (45691)
• India
14 Apr
@JudyEv Yes I admit that is. However, setting any educational system takes time. Plus a lot of flaws emerged after Lord Macaulay put in effort to eradicate the ancient Indian education system and imposed a Rote-Learning based and less understanding based system to generate people who were educated but loyal to the British Government and thinking.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
Do people do very minor repairs?
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• China
10 Apr
You even can't be allowed to replaced the taps and showerheads on your own ! The Regulations are too strict to obey !
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
They are indeed and I'm sure there aren't many people who would obey. Most wouldn't even know about these restrictions.
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@Beestring (13526)
• Hong Kong
10 Apr
We also have a plumber license system. But most households just use a repair man to do minor tasks.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
That makes more sense I think.
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@Ghostlady (515)
• United States
10 Apr
Wow...we rent our house, and we do all the small plumbing and other stuff, so the landlord doesn't have to call a repairman or plumber..that is how we have kept the rent from going up the past 6 years. We have lived here 18 years now. That really is ridiculous to not do minor stuff. Is the Govt. going to pay the plumber to fix those things? They should if they made it a law that you can't do them yourself. JMO...How would they even know if you changed a washer or the toilet works?
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@BarBaraPrz (45744)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
10 Apr
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
They don't know I guess as we've been doing such stuff for years. We're a bit of a 'nanny state' sometimes with a lot of rules and regulations that don't make a lot of sense.
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@capirani (2783)
• United States
10 Apr
So, if your toilet gets plugged you have to call a professional to come and use the plunger? My husband and I did several jobs replacing our faucets, fixing plugged kitchen drains, etc. I always change the shower head to a handheld massaging type shower head wherever I have lived. It is kind of crazy for them to block people from doing easy repair/replace jobs on their own. As for laws people don't know about, I think that kind of thing has been going on for generations. You can look online for outdated laws that people don't know ever existed. Many, if not most, are so hilarious. But they just have not been removed from the books.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
I remember reading about some law in one US state where you're not allowed to parade a giraffe down the street. I think that was the story. I wonder how such a law came to be enacted.
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@RebeccasFarm (87022)
• United States
10 Apr
Oh gosh Judy..that seems rather restrictive.
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• United States
11 Apr
@JudyEv OH I see Judy
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
It's very restrictive but it's been rescinded now.
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@wolfgirl569 (96990)
• Marion, Ohio
10 Apr
You should be able to do the simple things at least.
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@wolfgirl569 (96990)
• Marion, Ohio
11 Apr
@JudyEv I would think so
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
Of course and I'm sure many people have been making their own decisions on what they can and can't do.
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@RasmaSandra (74462)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
10 Apr
At least now you know and I guess from now on if anything goes wrong with the plumbing it is best to call a professional,
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
They've just repealed the law so it's okay now to tackle small jobs yourself.
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• United States
10 Apr
Some of those basic plumbing needs wouldn't be included in a law that I would be familiar with. Unclogging a toilet with a plunger for instance.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
It's crazy to think you're not allowed to use a plunger - or weren't allowed before the law was changed. Of course, they have to catch you first.
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@just4him (309595)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Apr
It seems strange that they would make regulations that takes simple replacements out of your hands and into the plumbers hands and into their pockets. It's good though for people who know nothing about doing those simple tasks. I'm one of those people. I'm glad we don't have those regulations here, or if we do, I don't know about them. Maintenance takes care of everything here. When we have a maintenance person. Right now, we don't.
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@just4him (309595)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Apr
@JudyEv I'm glad you can.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
For the smaller jobs, it's good that we can now do them ourselves.
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@Ronrybs (17951)
• London, England
10 Apr
Bit strong, small tasks shouldn't need a plumber. Bit of a monopoly, methinks
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
They've changed it now thank goodness. I can't imagine anyone was abiding by it anyway. No one we've spoken to was aware of such a law.
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@Ronrybs (17951)
• London, England
16 Apr
@JudyEv If a law doesn't work it should be withdrawn
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10 Apr
Those do seem to be extreme. I wonder if that is to keep those who probably can't do it, like especially me, from getting ambitious and trying and causing a mess?
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
That was probably the idea. Some aren't very good at DIY jobs.
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11 Apr
@JudyEv Yes, especially me!
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@BarBaraPrz (45744)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
10 Apr
Love that water point. I'd love to have it in my yard. Anyway... how petty of the plumbers not letting you change washers and filter cartridges or clearing blocked drains. That's like doctors saying you can't put a bandage on a cut yourself but you have to go to the hospital.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
That's so true. I don't anyone took any notice of the law because very few would have known about it. But there are some who wouldn't be able to change a washer or whatever.
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@ptrikha_2 (45691)
• India
13 Apr
I just again read your discussion. Clearing Blocked pipes with a plunger is a very basic thing. I wonder why it is also now part of the official plumber's job?
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
It WAS an official part but now they've changed the laws. I don't anyone was obeying them either. It's such a silly law no-one would have known or thought about it.
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@jstory07 (135435)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Apr
You would think more people would know about that law.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
You would think so but it seems a very silly law really.
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@LindaOHio (159659)
• United States
10 Apr
You can't use a plunger? That's ridiculous! Have a good day.
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@JudyEv (327605)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Apr
You couldn't or you weren't supposed to but they've changed that law now.
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