Sydney plumber Alex Taskun reveals 20 per cent revenue surge in May despite ...

A plumber has revealed coronavirus is causing business to surge - as almost every trade is inundated with calls to get something fixed. 

Alex Taskun, the director of GT Plumbing in Sydney, last month enjoyed a 20 per cent jump in revenue.

He has done well as fortunes have also improved for floor layers, fencers and carpenters. 

Call outs for blocked toilets soared, as more people working from home flushed the wrong things down the drain.

'There's more wear and tear. They flush the toilet more often, they block the toilets because they're using wet wipes again,' Mr Taskun told Daily Mail Australia. 

A plumber has revealed the coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in business

A plumber has revealed the coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in business

'Due to the shortage of toilet paper, people are using newspapers - they've cut them up into little square sheets.' 

Where demand for tradies has soared

Flooring: up 227.52 per cent

Paving: up 110.46 per cent

Asbestos removal: up 76.73 per cent

Fencing: up 62.05 per cent

Roofing: up 45.65 per cent

House cleaning: up 37.56 per cent

Home handiwork: up 35.14 per cent

Electrical services: up 23.35 per cent

Carpentry: up 20.61 per cent

Plumbing: up 18.10 per cent

Plastering: up 17.80 per cent

Rubbish removals: up 16.93 per cent

Furniture removals: up 8.08 per cent

Concreting: 6.84 per cent

Air conditioning and heating: up 6.47 per cent

Renovation: 6.21 per cent

Architects: up 2 per cent

House Painting: down 0.53 per cent

Tiling: down 3.10 per cent

Gardening: down 8.66 per cent

Pest extermination: down 57.15 per cent

Source: data for May 2020 based on the number of customers seeking quotes


The good news followed a 50 per cent plunge in April as COVID-19 public health orders in New South Wales kept people at home, other than for essential travel.

The easing of some coronavirus restrictions saw a jump in demand, as more people were able to work again.

'People are earning an income again so they've got the confidence to spend the money,' Mr Taskun said.

The plumber of 11 years, who previously worked in agribusiness banking, said while demand for office block maintenance had fallen, home owners were increasingly getting their plumbing repaired.

'There are certain things that have been pestering them and they want to get it fixed,' he said.

He is far from the only trade doing well. 

Trades job site ServiceSeeking has revealed a 27 per cent surge last month in the number of customers seeking quotes.

This followed an 18.3 per cent plunge in March and a flat April.

'We are hopeful that demand for Australia's tradies inspires a V shaped recovery in the Australian economy,' ServiceSeeking co-founder Jeremy Levitt said.

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'The tradie sector could lead Australia out of a Covid-19 induced depression.'

Flooring jobs had the biggest increase of 227.5 per cent in May, followed by paving which saw a 110.5 per cent rise. 

Plumbers saw an 18.1 per cent soaring in demand - a level broadly in line with Mr Taskun's experience.

The GT Plumbing boss, who is based at Erskineville, in Sydney's inner-west, said business rebounded as people were allowed to leave their homes again.

Alex Taskun, the director of GT Plumbing in Sydney, enjoyed a 20 per cent jump in revenue in May

Alex Taskun, the director of GT Plumbing in Sydney, enjoyed a 20 per cent jump in revenue in May

'The fact we saw the increase in traffic on the road, automatically jobs started coming though again,' he

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