This property owner was quoted $20,000 to repair their bathroom for what was a $2,000 pipe seal repair job.


There are too many plumbers who do not correctly diagnose water leaks and quote ridiculous repair prices

How We Saved This Home Owner $20,000 Plumbers who rip people off with incorrect repair quotes in Sydney for water leaks from poor connections


$20,000+ REPAIR


Nu-Trend was called out to help for a leak detection problem that needed to be solved in the bathroom and hallway area of this property in Sydney. The property owners were finding a puddle of water every morning in their bathroom. So our immediate thought was that the shower water was spilling out or leaking and then coming up through the tiles.

Although when we tested the shower there wasn’t a puddle appearing. 

So we spent a couple of hours doing various tests including a dye test and checked each fixture individually. We also asked the owners to not use the shower the next day so that we could test the bathroom basin first thing in the moring.

Bingo – water started rising out from the tiles when the bathroom basin sink was flood tested. This led us to discover the poor piping joins where the previous plumber had siliconed a PVC pipe into an older style cast iron pipe. This pipe had also become blocked with lots of hair and soap scum over over the years and the pressure of the blockage then dislodged the incorrectly connected and sealed pipe.

So we re-routed the pipe and you can see the new pvc pipe poking out of the house which we connected to the the stack work to solve the problem.

The scary part about this leak detection problem?
The property owner had already spent money trying to get the problem fixed. They also asked other plumbers to come out and diagnose the issue with each one of them putting the issue down to failed water proofing in the bathroom.

This clearly wasn’t the case and our extensive testing proved this.

So if they owner had chosen the other plumbers it would have been a $20,000+ bathroom repair when all that was needed was to correct the piping issue to correctly connect, seal and unblock the existing drain which we completed for less than $2,500.

There are a number of examples of plumbers who incorrectly diagnose problems to then create further work or higher quotes.

Read our guide at the link below about how plumbers can offer up front discounts without even seeing a property or plumbing issue. We’d also suggest doing your research and looking for reviews on websites like Google, Product Review & other locations to check and verify the credentials and authenticity of the people you are intending on dealing with.


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With so many years in the trade, the Nu-Trend team has seen their fair share of sales tricks, special offers, promotions and other gimmicks to secure business. Rather than copy what everyone else is doing they decided a long time ago to avoid all the typical gimmicks and stick to clear, upfront information and pricing, including the provision of free Quotes. 

Here are the most common sales gimmicks you will see and how they work, keep in mind there is a reason most service industries don’t disclose fixed prices.

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Michael has been in the industry for more than 20 years, passing his knowledge and expertise to Rick as the family tradition lives on.

Rick has always enjoyed the finer elements design details. Not content with solving plumbing problems he soon broadened his skills to also do bathroom renovations in Sydney. A perfect match with hundreds of reviews later & beautiful bathrooms being enjoyed by hundreds of people.

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis - Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed Plumber, Building Renovator and Director of Nu-Trend, a Sydney Plumber and Bathroom Renovations contractor. Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent sole trader in Sydney. Rick provides all types of services for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.