How to Find A Gas Plumber to Complete a Gas Safety Check for Rental Properties in Melbourne and Victoria  

A Comprehensive Guide to Hiring a Certified Type-A Gas Plumber

Introduction

While it may seem odd to some, gas safety inspections for rental properties in Melbourne cannot be conducted by any plumber

There are specific requirements and training requirements plumbers must have undergone to qualify with experience to conduct the gas safety checks.

Why? 

Well…to start with it’s a requirement that gas safety checks are not only ‘checks’, but that each appliance is ‘serviced’. Servicing gas appliances requires knowledge of the appliance, how to pull it apart, test, clean, service, adjust and tweak for both performance and safety.

Secondly, just like some mechanics specialise in European vs Asian cars, plumbers indeed specialise in different areas as well

In this detailed guide, we’ll explore the specific requirements for plumbers to complete gas safety checks in Victoria, Melbourne, emphasizing the significance of hiring a licensed professional with a Type A servicing ticket.

Who Completes Gas Safety Checks:

Gas safety checks can only be conducted by specific plumbers that are:

  • Accredited in Type-A servicing 
  • Licensed in Type A-servicing OR registered and under the supervision of a licensed plumber with a Type-A servicing ticket

These professionals are well-versed in the regulations set by the regulator bodies like Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).

Employing a qualified gas plumber is essential for a comprehensive and accurate gas safety inspection.

There are two ways to check if your plumber is qualified. The manual way (by checking is card) or the online way. We will break each down in a step-by-step manner.

How to Check if Your Plumber is Qualified (Manually)

  1. Firstly, we need to identify what we are looking for. We are looking for a licensed plumber who is licensed in Type-A Servicing. Alternatively, we need a registered plumber under the supervision of a licensed plumber
  1. Request a copy of the plumbers license card. 
  1. Check the front of the card and ensure that:
  • It’s a plumbing ‘License’ not ‘Registration’
  • The plumbers name and photo are correct (we have anonymised ours for obvious reasons) 
  • Check the expiry date has not passed 
  1. Check the back of the VBA license and ensure that:
  • The plumber is licensed in Type-A gas servicing
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How to Check if Your Plumber is Qualified (Online)

  1. Firstly, we need to identify what we are looking for. We are looking for a licensed plumber who is licensed in Type-A Servicing. Alternatively, we need a registered plumber under the supervision of a licensed plumber
  1. Head to the VBA website for practitioner verification here: Find a practitioner  
  1. Search via the practitioner ID (license number) or their name
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  1. Check to see if the plumber is both licensed and has the Type-A servicing ticket 

Type A Servicing Ticket Information

Delving into Gas Safety Check: Checking vs. Servicing

Understanding the components of a gas safety check is vital – you should know what you’re paying for.

Both the gas check and servicing are vital components and both are required during a gas safety check (although upon reviewing other companies works, it seems some skip the servicing part and don’t do things correctly).

A gas safety check involves:

  • A check of the main gas line 
  • An installation check on each gas appliance 
  • Ensuring that the gas appliance has been installed with the correct components where required (like an isolation valve)
  • Ensuring that the gas appliance is secured and won’t fall 
  • Ensuring that the gas appliance is installed in the correct location 
  • Ect

A gas service involves:

  • Cleaning the appliance to ensure it is free of dust and debris
  • Adjusting the gas pressure to the appliance so within the manufacturers guidelines
  • Testing for combustion products like carbon monoxide
  • Testing for negative pressure 
  • Ect

Importance of Using a Qualified Plumber:

Hiring a qualified plumber ensures compliance with the Gas Safety Act and other regulations, mitigating legal risks.

Qualified plumbers possess the knowledge and skills to conduct thorough gas safety checks, identifying potential hazards and ensuring the safety of occupants.

A licensed gas plumber is a reliable professional who adheres to industry standards, providing peace of mind to property owners and tenants.

Conclusion:

In the dynamic landscape of Melbourne, where safety is paramount, gas safety checks are a non-negotiable element of property maintenance, especially for rental properties. 

Hiring a licensed gas plumber with a Type A servicing ticket is not just a requirement; it’s an investment in the safety and well-being of occupants and prevent a legal battle down the track.

By understanding the qualifications, checking for certifications, and appreciating the importance of a Type A servicing plumber, property owners can ensure that their gas safety checks are conducted with the highest standards, promoting the longevity of gas systems and the peace of mind of all stakeholders.

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