There comes a time in every kitchen’s lifespan, that the owner of the house feels they can no longer stand the look and layout of their kitchen. This is especially true of houses 50 years and older where the old plumbing pipes start to rust, the kitchen cabinets hang sadly on one hinge and the old linoleum flooring curls up at the edges. A kitchen renovation is imminent!
Apart from old craftmanship caving in due to fair use and tear, after half a century, you can really boost your house’s value by upgrading your kitchen. The starting point to a successful kitchen renovation is to consult with a Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) registered plumber.
Who is the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB)?
PIRB is a trusted professional body regulating the plumbing industry and recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority. PIRB monitors the competency level of the plumbing industry. It also advocates for plumbing practices that protect our environment and the health and safety of consumers.
So, in essence, PIRB protects consumers from opportunistic plumbers who try to make a quick buck out of your kitchen renovation without having the necessary expertise.
What distinguishes a PIRB registered plumber from the rest?
Using a plumber that is registered with PIRB and therefore able to issue you with a PIRB certificate of compliance has so many benefits when planning your kitchen renovation:
- Firstly, unregistered plumbers cannot issue a legal PIRB certificate of compliance. Only plumbers registered with PIRB may issue a certificate of compliance for work that they have done. This certificate of compliance is worth gold in the hand of any homeowner as it safeguards the homeowner against fly-by-night plumbers rendering shoddy plumbing services. So, if you encounter a plumber saying he will “get” a certificate of compliance for you from his friend afterwards, red warning lights should start flashing.
- The issuing of a PIRB certificate of compliance means that the work done is subject to a random audit. These audits are an ongoing internal process of PIRB maintaining the integrity of the industry. When a plumber issues a PIRB certificate of compliance, he is essentially consenting to be scrutinised. This means that the plumber is confident that his work is in line with industry standards.
- PIRB registered plumbers are required to achieve CPD points on an annual basis to remain registered. This ensures that registered plumbers continuously upskill themselves to maintain their credibility and registration status. Consumers can therefore rest assured that every PIRB registered plumber has a sound knowledge of the South African National Standards and the latest plumbing practices.
Ready for that kitchen renovation? Get a PIRB registered plumber on board.
If you are still shopping around for the right plumber, for your own safety and peace of mind make sure you ask for a professional PIRB registered plumber and a PIRB Certificate of Compliance today.
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