How to Spot a Dodgy Plumber on the Gold Coast

Dodgy Plumber on the Gold Coast
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There are a lot of rogue traders on the Gold Coast, and unfortunately, there are more than a few in the plumbing industry. In fact, many of our new customers are a result of being let down, ripped off, or left unsatisfied by a past plumber.

If you’re looking for a plumber on the Gold Coast, then you need to know what to look for to ensure you’re not going to end up in the same boat. You need to know how to spot a dodgy plumber because, believe me, there are plenty of them out there, especially on the Gold Coast.

At Local Plumbing & Gas Co., we pride ourselves on our reputation. We have a 5-star review status with Google My Business and receive nothing but praise from our customers. This is because we value our customers and understand that ‘word of mouth’ advertising is key to success on the Gold Coast. You do a good job, and the word gets around. Unfortunately, the word doesn’t get around about bad plumbers, which is why you need to know what to look for.

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To avoid hiring a dodgy plumber on the Gold Coast, simply remember these rules.

Check their Reviews Online

If you ask me, the best way to get a feel for any plumber on the Gold Coast is to jump online and look them up on Google. This will provide you with their rating (based on 5 stars) and allow you to read any customer reviews. If anyone has had a negative experience with them, you’re sure to hear about it online. Searching for a plumber on Facebook is also an excellent idea. But if they have no Facebook page or Google My Business listing, you have to ask yourself why. 

I’ve seen many local plumbers disable their Facebook comments or delete their Facebook Google My Business listing completely to hide/delete negative reviews from the public’s eye.

Ask if they issue a Compliance Certificate

If you are seeking a plumber for substantial plumbing works (of more than $750), gas work, below ground sanitary drain work, or cooling tower work, they must issue you with a Compliance Certificate.

To avoid a dodgy plumber on the Gold Coast, ask if they will be issuing you with a Compliance Certificate before engaging them.

Ask if they offer Fixed-Rate Quotes

You don’t want to fall victim to a plumber who promises you the world and then charges you double the going rate. Always ask for an up-front fixed-price quote on all works. If they cannot provide you with this, continue looking for a plumber until you find one that can. At Local Plumbing & Gas Co., we provide customers with a fixed-price upfront quote on all jobs, regardless of size. With us as your plumber, you’ll never fall victim again.

Ask for their trade license

Another telltale sign of a dodgy plumber on the Gold Coast is if they are not licenced. In Queensland, plumbers are required to hold a valid plumbing and drainage licences to conduct any plumbing work. This ensures that only qualified persons can perform plumbing and drainage work.

It is important to note here that there is more than one type of licence, and each type of licence allows the plumber to perform different aspects of plumbing, drainage, or gas work. For any gas work, the plumber must also hold a gas work licence.


Don’t get ripped off or feel let down by another plumber! Know how to spot and avoid a dodgy plumber on the Gold Coast by checking their reviews and ratings online, making sure they issue compliance certificates, providing a fixed-rate quote, and being licensed to perform the required work.

There are many dodgy plumbers on the Gold Coast, but Local Plumbing & Gas Co. isn’t one of them. We have built a solid reputation for delivering first-class service at affordable rates, and this is backed by our 5-star Google review status.

To hire a Gold Coast plumber who WON’T let you down, rip you off and WILL leave you more than satisfied, give the team at Local Plumbing & Gas Co. a call on 0487 175 645