Domestic Plumbing Guide

Guide to Plumbers Brisbane

What is a plumber?

A plumber is a trade’s person who is specialized in installing and maintenance of systems used for portable sewage, water, and drainage systems. Have you ever had a burst pipe or broken toilet drainage? Who did you call? Plumbers are personnel who will make sure that all the waste disposal systems and other related appliances are smoothly running. Becoming a plumber means that you must be physically fit. You have to have the strength and stamina to work in different environments at all hours of the day. Emergency plumbers must be on call 24 hours, 7 days a week. It is a demanding job. Michael Phillips from Pro Plumber Brisbane says that “the role of a plumber takes allot out of you if you aren’t in shape. We offer 24 hour services so all our plumbers need to be fit and healthy and ready at any time of the day or night. Our plumbing maintenance services mean whenever we are called, we must arrive within 2 hours to anywhere in Brisbane.”

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Do plumbers need a license / plumber licenses in Queensland?

Plumbers need licenses. Although if one is an employee, he/she does not need a license unless they are responsible for; directing and overseeing work, ensuring the work is up to standards and ensuring work is up to the specifications and plans. Queensland offered various certificated for plumbers according to their level and also expertise. There is the overall certificate, but it is only acquired by those who want to become professional plumbers. Licenses offered are;

Provisional licenses

It is also called a trainers license, and it allows an individual to do plumbing and drainage work while under the supervision of a fully licensed plumber.

Restricted license

This is offered by the QBCCto allow a limited amount of drainage and plumbing work which is to be performed without the need of complete plumbing and drainage qualification.


This kind of licenses allows one to do specialized kinds of jobs that are not covered in the standard apprenticeship package, e.g. sewerage facility maintenance, backflow prevention, and fire protection.

Contractor’s license

This is a full certificate offered by the QBCC and ensures that one does not need an occupational license and can supervise work by themselves.

According to these licenses and the duties one can perform with certain licenses, it is important for plumbers to obtain helpful licenses which enable them to carry out tasks in their specialization and comfort without much struggle. You can find out more from the Plumbers Union Queensland website.

Common Plumbing Services and when you need them

Dripping taps and pipes

This is a service offered in a case of an emergency where one makes a request to be served by a plumber when taps and pipes are dripping water continuously. It may be a broken tap or one that needs replacement. Once you ask for the service in this situation, there will be is solved. Immediate action and your problem.

Toilet blockage

Has your toilet facility ever failed to flash? How was the condition of the house? This is a common problem in most homes. This needs plumbing services to figure out where the problem might be and fix before conditions get worse.

Piping in a new house

This is a service that is needed most by everyone regardless of the situation. Everyone has been involved in a project of house construction. However small, it needs plumbing services to do all the piping work and fixing of taps and other drainage systems.

Pipe bursts

This is a condition where a pipe bursts and overflows with a lot of water. It can be a situation in the house or outside the house which makes water inaccessible in the house. Plumbing services are highly required here to fix the issue once and for all.

How to choose a plumber?


When choosing a plumber, you have to consider the area he/she is specialized in. there are plumbers that don’t have licenses, and others might be under training, so it is good to make a wise choice and lack experienced one in case it’s a huge problem.


This is a consideration for a lot of people currently. The cost of service is very important to the customer so that they chose the plumber who will do the service at a rice convenient to their budgets.


In most cases, plumbers operate within a certain area allocated to them. Therefore, it is good to consider choosing a plumber who is in close range in case the problem might lead to the destruction of other valuable property.

Kind of problem/service you want

Just like in the construction industry, there are plumbers specialized in unclogging toilets, others fixing of broken pipes and others deal with task It is good to choose a plumber who can do the task at hand in an excellent way and do a perfect job than who will do shoddy work because that is not their area of specialty.

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Sample plumbing costs

Depending on the location that one lives; you can expect to make payments in the following figures;

  • $60 to $140 for fixing a leaking toilet or fixing a dripping tap.
  • $80to $250 for the replacement of basin taps or a new shower
  • $160 to $550 for the installation of a basin, sink, toilet and bath.
  • $1200 to $4,500 for the hot water services replacement
  • $3500 to $12,000 for the installation of a solar heater system. This usually depends on the complexity and size of the system.
  • $5000 to $20,000 for the replacement of the drainage system.


Plumbing is a task that might seem hard to some people, but the truth is that the professionals enjoy their work and love seeing people out of bad situations. They do it out of passion and likeness of their hearts. Moreover, it is a highly paying job which only requires few skills and expertise and if need be, a few certificates.

In Queensland, plumbing has been considered one of the most helpful jobs to the service of the people and the entire society. Through the discussed needs and skills required, it is true that plumbers can be so helpful at times. There is just that one day that something related to pipes and drainage arises, that’s when we call plumbers to come and fix our problem. Their usefulness is important in fulfilling other people’s needs.

What Is Re-Roofing?

What Is Re-Roofing?

Australian Re Roofing Procedures & Materials

What Is Re Roofing?

Re-roofing refers to a very simple concept that mainly involves the installation of a new roof either on top of the old one or better yet after the complete removal of the old roof in which case the new roof serves as a replacement of the old. As strange as it may sound, although most commonly used roofing materials have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, fact remains that the roof is still prone to wear out sooner or later in turn prompting repairs running into thousands of dollars if done professionally.

To help you familiarize yourself better with all key aspects of re-roofing, below is a highlight touching on some of the reasons why you should consider re-roofing your home, an overview of the popularly preferred roofing options (including a brief mention of the materials they are made from), summary of the steps involved in re-roofing process as well as a rough estimate of the costs likely to be incurred as a result of this undertaking.

Why you should seriously consider Re-Roofing?

We recently sta down and had a chat to one of our partners about the importance of re roofing a property in Brisbane. Why do you think property owners should re-roof their homes? “I think it is very important these days, especially in Queensland and more importantly due to recent storms we have had, the stronger the roof structure the better chances of surviving the harsh weather conditions”, said Brendon Jones from Masterbuild Roofing Brisbane. “Queensland suffers from unpredictable weather and last year alone we had nearly one billion dollars in damage from the storms”. There are a number of reasons (both functional and aesthetic) for which you should seriously consider re-roofing. Getting in early and preparing in advance can save you time and money in the long run.” he added.

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A. Functional reasons for re-roofing

  1. It serves as a guarantee to completely solve leakages which could have been damaging your personal property as well as making the interior of your home less comforting.
  2. It guarantees you a chance to completely get rid of all broken or cracked tiles on your roof
  3. It completely eliminates the stress or hassle of trying endlessly to match old tiles onto something completely new.
  4. It creates the best opportunity to improve the insulation as well as ventilation of the roofing space

B. Aesthetic reasons

  1. It gives you (the home / property owner) an opportunity to update the appearance of your home as a part of a makeover. Take note, the roof can make as much as 30% of the exterior appearance of your home’s façade, as a result of this, it has a major bearing on the overall look something which re-roofing allow you to completely take advantage of.
  2. It adds significant value to your home especially if you are making preparing to sell the house.

Different Types of Roofs – Choosing Your Materials

Even though installation of a new roof is best left for professionals, choosing the actual materials for your roof will squarely lie on you. To help you make the right choices, below is an overview of the most widely used roofing varieties you should consider. They include:

a. Metal roofing

It is by far the most durable type of roofing and is available in different custom shapes and designs. The best thing about this type of roofing is the fact that it conducts heat easily hence making insulation and control of temperature very easy. This type of roofing is also the best option in cases where the slope of the roof is less than fifteen degrees from horizontal. 
The downsides of having this roof include the fact that it is most susceptible to weathering as well as industrial pollution. This is clearly evident from the fact that its surface is easily scratched and corroded almost at an instant. In addition to the above, it can get very noisy when it is raining though setting up an insulting blanket can help control the noise. One of the most popular metal roof materials in Australia is Colorbond Roofing, you can find out more here.

b. Slate tiles:

They are a common choice for roof replacement. They are made from natural quarried stone and weight much less compared to other common varieties of roofing tiles. During their installation they usually require reinforced framing which to a certain extent make them be somewhat expensive. The best thing about them is the fact that they can easily withstand fire, exceeds moisture as well as insect damage. In fact, it is estimated that their average lifespan exceeds 100 years. This type of roofing is known to provide high standard of weatherproofing, they also look appealing to the eye. 

c. Concrete tiles

It is an excellent choice for imitating wood, clay and slate and is very easy to install. Whats more it comes with lifetime warranties. They however require annual checks for cracked or loose tiles. They are very affordable only that they attract a lot of weight shipping charges.

d. Terracotta tiles

Able to last for 50 – 100 years, they are mainly made from pulverized clay and water. They can be quite heavy measuring up to 1,000 pounds per square. One of the best things about it is the fact that they are energy resistant and also non combustible. They are also available in a variety of color choices.

Other notable roofing options include: pressed metal tiles, stone chip metal tiles and shingles etc

The Re Roofing Process

Steps involved in Re-Roofing process 

1. Installation of the safety rails

Safety is one of the major concerns during re-roofing. This being the case, prior to commencing any work, it is imperative that you install guard rails all around the perimeter in order to reduce the risk of tillers falling.

2. Removal of old tiles

Next any old roofing tiles and ridges are removed.

3. Thorough Inspection of the roof

This inspection is mainly aimed at making sure that roof timbers and battens are sound.

4. Installation of sarking

Sarking installation is very important because it provides insulation and also reflects up to 95% of radiant heat aimed at the roof.

5. Installation of new battens

This is done in preparation to have the roof ready for laying of new tiles

6. Loading up of the new tiles

At this point, old tile are loaded and sent off the roof while new tiles are loaded up using a conveyer system

7. Laying of the new tiles

New tiles are then laid sequentially on top of the roof right from the gutter line in a manner that secures the entire roof.

8. Installation of Ridge tiles

Ridge tiles are then installed and bedded properly in place using a mortar.

9. Pointing

Pointing simply refers to a flexible material designed specifically for covering the mortar. It comes various colors with the most preferable being that which matches the color of the roofing tile. Pointing serves as a mechanical fastener since it helps keep the ridge properly in place. 

10. Final Inspection

Upon completion, the guard rails are removed and then the site is tidied. After this a roofing specialist is called in to assess the work done.

Costs you should expect

Re Roofing Costs

The cost of re-roofing varies greatly. It is mainly dependant on the size of your roof, type of material amongst other things. The most important factor to take into account is that the material used significantly affects the overall cost of the re-roofing project.

On average, the cost of installing a metal roof stands at around $50 – $100 per square, clay tiles cost nothing less than $100 – $400 per square etc

Simply put, if your home requires a considerably large roof and you are also interested in making advanced additions such as the use of high quality materials, your roofing project would not cost anything less than $5,000. Everything taken into consideration, when hiring a professional roofing company, focus on awarding the contract to a professional team that has the capacity to lower installation costs while at the same time meeting all roofing requirements within a predetermined time frame. 


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Brisbane Re Roofing Summer Promotions

Its summer time again and the team at Conics Roofing is proud to offer a new group of promos to help you save money this summer.

We were dealt with some pretty nasty weather lately so we thought it is the prefect time to offer some re-roofing discounts in case your roof has been damaged.

Our re roofing specials are available to both residential and commercial property owners.

Discounts are as follows:

  • Commercial and Industrial Buildings – 20% Discount off written quote
  • Residential & Apartment Buildings – 20% Discount off written quote
  • Government Properties – 20% Discount off written quote
  • School and Universities – 20% Discount off written quote


The only conditions are that the entire roof must be replaced with either your choice of metal or tiles.

To take advantage of this offer simply call us today or request a quote.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Adam Sinclair

Conics Roofing Brisbane