Regular maintenance is essential for your on-site sewerage facility

If you are a property owner in an unsewered area, you will likely have an on-site sewerage facility (OSSF) installed at your property for the treatment and disposal of wastewater.

OSSFs can include different types of treatment and methods of disposal, such as septic tanks with transpiration trenches, aerobic sand filtration systems with surface irrigation, and aerated wastewater treatment systems with sub-surface irrigation.

Regardless of the type of OSSF on your property, all OSSFs require regular maintenance and it is your responsibility to make sure this is carried out.

When to lodge your Form 4

Is the work operational before you issue an invoice?

As a licensed plumber, you give a quote for the installation of 10 toilets and this is considered to be a single transaction.

The quote is accepted and you commence work. Each toilet becomes operational in turn over a period of five days.

The work is considered to be completed after the tenth toilet becomes operational on the fifth day. An invoice is issued a week later.

Get your hot water system serviced

Regardless of whether you are a property owner or tenant, you need to be aware that hot water systems require regular, routine maintenance.

As a property owner, it is your responsibility to check the owner’s manual to find out how often you should have your hot water system serviced.

When you engage someone to do plumbing and drainage work on your property, which includes servicing a hot water system, you should always contract with a licensed plumber.

Reduce the risk of electric shock when installing pools and spas

If you are installing or constructing a swimming pool or spa you should be aware of the risks associated with electrical bonding of concrete steel reinforcing.

Where electrical equipment associated with swimming pools and spas, such as a pool pump, is in contact with the pool or spa water, a hazardous voltage may appear if there is equipment failure.

In a swimming pool or spa, even a very low voltage and minor electric shock can present a serious risk due to muscle spasms and potential drowning.

Make sure your balustrades and railings measure up

In Queensland, we have strict requirements when it comes to balustrades.

Where a deck or balcony is one metre or higher above the ground, balustrades need to be at least one metre high.

For decks more than one metre above the ground, openings in balustrades, including decorative balustrades, cannot be greater than 125 millimetres.

If your deck is more than four metres above the ground, balustrades cannot have any climbable elements located between 150 millimetres and 760 millimetres from the floor.

Are you doing major renovations on your home?

Get your Form 4 for plumbing and drainage work

If you engage a builder to build an extension on your property, which includes a bathroom, the builder will employ a licensed plumber to perform the plumbing and drainage work.

On completion of the work, the plumber lodges a Form 4 with the QBCC and must provide a copy of the notice to the builder. As the property owner, you may also contact the QBCC to access a copy of the Form 4.

Retaining walls

These days, large modern houses may be constructed close to subdivisional boulder retaining walls, due to the limited availability of sizeable blocks of land and backyard swimming pools being a common addition. This has led to an increase in the number, size and complexity of retaining walls being built.

What can you do to maintain retaining walls?

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