1 in 5 Plumbing Installations fail Compliance Standards

When there is a plumbing emergency, it is common for homeowners to call the first available plumber in the directory listing. They do not bother to read reviews or customer feedback because their utmost concern is to have the plumbing issue fixed immediately to avoid further damages. However, not all emergency plumbers are the same.

In Victoria, only one in five plumbing installations that were audited passed the compliance with required standards. According to the building industry regulator of the state, many of the plumbing installations fell short of the required standards. The most common problems were found in three areas: inadequate clearance for domestic cooking devices, excessive heating of hot water in the showers and bathroom faucets and inadequate overflow provision to eaves gutters.

With respect to the first problem, it was found out that the installations did not allow minimum clearance between the highest part of the burner that is associated with the gas cooking appliance and the overhead combustible surfaces, exhaust fans and range hoods. It is very important for installations to observe the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Plumbing installations must only deliver hot water of about 50 degrees Celsius at the outlet of the fixtures used for personal hygiene like showers and bathroom faucets. To ensure the right water temperature, there must be control devices during the installation of the hot water heater otherwise it creates the risks of scalding from excessive hot water.

The non-compliance issues found in the inappropriate overflow provision to eaves gutters could result into water flowing back into the building. Audits are carried out in Victoria to ensure compliance and to identify and rectify problems with installations. Non-compliant installations usually result in additional work and costs for the licensed emergency plumbers because they have to re-do the installation. On the part of consumers, there are serious safety consequences.

Plum b4 U emergency plumbers ensure the safety and compliance of their plumbing installations as well as the installation of the heating system. They make sure to provide the client with the best possible service with fully guaranteed workmanship. The emergency plumbers believe in the importance of reliable and quality service.

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