Plumbing Industry Problems



I have previously talked about Regulation Failing the Public . . . but how bad is it?

Some Statistics on Plumbing Failures

Well I have just been reading last years report from the Victorian Building Authority.

In that year they completed 7,573 audits of which 1,813 failed.

That is 23.9% (or almost 1 in 4)

In that year 833,860 Compliance Certificates were issued . . . so if that failure is extrapolated over all the plumbing jobs that means it is probable that around 200,000 plumbing jobs during 20014-2015 in Victoria have problems.

I don’t know about you, but with those figures I’m not going to be very confident that the plumbing in a new house has been done correctly.

The 5 Most Common Plumbing Failures

If you want to know what to look for here are the most common reasons for an Audit Failure.

  1. Hot water not arriving at the tap at the correct temperature.
  2. Unsatisfactory drainage installation in unstable ground.
  3. Unacceptable insulation around hot water pipes.
  4. Appropriate backflow prevention devices not installed. (This protects you by stopping contaminated water entering the system after a pipe burst)
  5. Use on inappropriate components.