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COVID-19 | Plumbers available for emergencies during lockdown

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[25 March 2020] Plumbers, glaziers and other tradespeople will still be available for urgent work during the level 4 lockdown, where there's an immediate threat to health and safety. The emphasis is on essential repairs, not those that can wait for another day and pose no immediate threat to health and safety. Ensure that you stay safe and don't fall into the trap of using unlicensed people: ask to [see] a NZ practising licence or search the public register of registered and licensed tradespeople.

Coronavirus: Plumbers available for emergencies during lockdown

Martin Sawyers, chief executive for the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB), said that throughout the lockdown period tradespeople will be available on an essential services basis.

"If people are unsure whether a repair during the lockdown period falls under the wastewater pipe category, they can contact their plumbing provider or the Board's helpdesk on 0800 743 262," a PGDB spokesperson added.

Examples of the type of domestic work that can be performed are repair or replacement of a hot water cylinder, water pipes and gas pipes, fittings and appliances.  This also includes blocked wastewater pipes where immediate repair or replacement is necessary for health and safety.

Examples of non-emergency work are repairing minor leaks, replacing tap washers and routine servicing of equipment.

"The emphasis is on essential repairs, not those that can wait for another day and pose no immediate threat to health and safety", Sawyers added.  People using repairers are advised to stay within the 2m physical distance during repairs, use alternative forms of greeting and pay by bank transfer instead of cash or EFTPOS.

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