How to keep your plumbing in good repair
What do you do if your pipes are leaking?
If you don’t want to pay for a professional, how do you keep them safe?
The answer may surprise you.
A new study from the University of Queensland shows that people can’t just throw away their old plumbing if they can help it.
It’s a warning that’s being shared around the world as people struggle to find safe and affordable plumbing replacement.
The study, which looked at the cost of replacement plumbing for 1.6 million households, found that the average price per month for a new home in Australia was $6,600, while the average cost per month of a new sewer was $2,100.
That means a new, well-maintained sewerage system costs between $500 and $1,000 more per month than a new pipe.
And that’s just for a fresh, clean, safe, working pipe.
If you can’t afford to replace your plumbing, how can you afford to keep it safe?
Professor Peter Haggerty from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Design at the University says if you don�t want to spend money on your plumbing it is better to buy a new one.
“It is very much a lifestyle choice, but there are people who are spending a lot of money, and it may be their lifestyle that has gone wrong,” he said.
“We know that there is a lot that we can do to make it safe, it is just an added cost, not an extra cost.”
If you are buying a new plumbing system that is not safe for the people who live in it, then you have got a problem, and that is what the Australian government is trying to address.
“This is a global issue and we have to think globally and we need to get the solutions right in order to reduce the cost and to increase the safety.”
Prof Haggert says people who do choose to have a new system can find out if it is safe by visiting the National Safety Bureau (NSB).
“If there are any concerns or any concerns you can speak to them and you can also report the problem to the Australian Safety Bureau,” he explained.
“They can provide a range of advice and information.”
For people who can’t pay, there are a range and cost-effective solutions for people looking to save money.
“I have a few tips for people who don�re willing to take the risk, I can tell you there are plenty of things that are being offered by companies that are providing free pipes for the whole country, you can check out that site,” Professor Haggertt said.
The NSB also offers free plumbing for households that are at or below 120 per cent of the median income.
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