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DIY plumbing and insurance?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by robodelfy, 29 May 2020.

  1. robodelfy

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    I've been renovating my bathroom, and essentially changed a couple of bits of copper pipe with JG speedfit so I could run a T off for the toilet to be moved half a metre. I haven't changed the system in any way. I've also had advice about it all from my plumber.

    Then I started thinking, what if in worst case scenario, the house floods and I had to claim on insurance. Would I be covered if I'd done it myself?

    Of course this can happen whether I do it some random certified plumber does it, I'm just talking worst case, as far as insurance goes.

    It's simple stuff, all done as meticulously as possible, and pressure tested for weeks actually while I work on other rooms. So far no leaks, everything is solid! So obviously a flooding situation is extremely unlikely. Because if someone noticed any water coming through the kitchen ceiling for instance, they'd turn the mains water off.

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    Take clear photographs that show the quality of your installation and document what and why decisions were made.

    Then if there is an incident you have some proof that the workmanship and design was not the cause.

    That should satisify most ethical insurance companies
     
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    As plumbing work doesn't need certification, how would you know if the plumber you found on yellow pages is not going to bodge it?
    I have seen some appalling installations from professional plumbers.
    I don't think any insurance would even ask who fitted the pipes.
    Besides, if it's copper, how would they know when it was installed?
    Could've been there when you moved in.
    On plastic there's a manufacturing date, but never heard of an insurance company checking when and who fitted the pipes.
    Also, plumbers could've disappeared, then what?
    Don't worry about it .
     
  5. robodelfy

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    Good idea I'll take some photos, didn't think of that!
     
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    Thanks yeah you're totally right. As I'm renovating my house I'm shocked at the terrible quality of a lot of the work. I'm not a professional but I'm.obsessive and wouldn't be ok just bodging everything.
     
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    People sometimes think that "in the old days" all houses were built to high standards with loving craftsmanship.

    In fact, only the better old houses are still standing. The worst ones fell down, burned down, were demolished or repaired long ago.
     
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    And you're probably doing a much better job than some "professionals".
    I'm not a plumber but have done a lot of plumbing during the years.
    If you're keen, have a look here:

    https://bpec.org.uk/the-bpec-charity/free-downloadable-plumbing-textbook/
     
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    What is an ethical insurance company, and where do you find one?
     
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    Yeah thats the thing the quality of work from people is shocking so often
     
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