Plumber of the century - technology and tools of the trade

Jason Advantage - Monday, April 08, 2013

Just as technology is ever evolving in our day-to-day lives, plumber's tools of the trade aren't what they used to be. A good plumber will not only be registered, and have the relevant experience, they'll be using the best tools available for the best job possible. And that's good news for you as a customer.

Does it really matter?

Not every plumber will have the latest tools and gadgets available, which doesn't mean they aren't qualified or fit to do the job. However those plumbing contractors with access to newer, quality tools may be able to assist in additional ways. High-tech tools may help in terms of better efficiency and more cost-effectiveness. High-tech tools may also mean a faster job and less disruption to your home or business. Operating without a shower or toilet, either at home or at work can make life difficult, so any options to help get the job done in a shorter time frame are certainly worth it.

The Plumbing Code of Australia

The Plumbing Code of Australia is the technical standard that plumbing contractors Australia-wide must adhere to. The Plumbing Code of Australia, or PCA, was developed by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) for the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

The PCA sets out performance requirements for the design, construction,installation, replacement, repair, alteration and maintenance of plumbing and drainage installations.

So what sort of technology is available?

There is a wide range of tools and technology available to both residential and commercial plumbing contractors, both to diagnose problems, and to fix them. The list is ever changing and expanding, but the following are just a few examples:

High-Tech Video Cameras – Some plumbers use video cameras to determine where and what the problem is. Generally, it will involve a tiny camera affixed to a fibre-optic cable, which is fed through piping to the scene of the problem.The camera with live-feed can help plumbers determine exactly what's causing a blockage, or what sort of repair is required.

Hydro Jetting – No, it's not a variation on jet skiing. A hydro jet system is a powerful high-pressure hose that can be used to clear blockages quickly and effectively.

Electric Drain Augers – Sometimes also referred to as drain snakes, these are electrically powered devices that can break through unwanted material that has clogged drains.

Don't be shy in asking your plumber about tools, technology or any other aspect of the job you are curious about. It's always useful to be clear on exactly what's involved in your plumbing jobs.