Home & Property Owners

Have you prepared your home for bushfire season?

In Queensland, the bushfire season typically begins in August and while our emergency services do an amazing job keeping us safe, there is a part to play for every homeowner in being prepared.

Even if you don’t live directly next to bushland, you may be impacted by embers and smoke from fires that are kilometres away from your home.

According to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, an unprepared property is not only at risk itself, but may also present an increased danger for neighbours.

Be asbestos aware

Whether you work in the construction industry or you are renovating, maintaining or carrying out alterations on a property built before 1990, you need to be aware of the hidden dangers of asbestos.

National Asbestos Awareness Week 2020 reminds Australians to be asbestos aware before starting any work around the home - because it lurks in more places than you'd think.

New laws provide building owners with more certification options

Certifiers play a critical role in the building process by ensuring builders comply with the approved plans and appropriate standards for building projects.

The Queensland Government recently introduced new laws to help strengthen the industry and increase consumer confidence in the certification process.

From 1 October 2020, building owners can request additional inspections and related certification documents (costs will apply) for all stages of the building work – not just the final stage.

Make sure your pool fence measures up this summer

It’s almost summertime and the days are already getting warmer! For many, this means more time spent in the backyard pool. 

If you own a property with a swimming pool, you have a responsibility to make sure that your pool fence is compliant with the Queensland pool safety standard (the standard).  

Compliant pool barriers help save lives by preventing young children from accessing swimming pools. 

Retaining walls revisited

Retaining walls are generally not given much thought by home owners until they begin to fail, which can prove to be a devastating and costly occurrence.

So, we thought it was about time that we revisited this hot topic and offer informed tips on maintenance, requirements, common concerns and drainage.

Asbestos lurks in more places than you think

It’s not just those who work in the construction industry who need to beware of exposure to asbestos. In you are renovating, maintaining or carrying out alterations on a property built before 1990, you need to be aware of the hidden dangers of asbestos.

Despite asbestos use being banned since 2003, about one-third of Australian homes still contain asbestos products. It was used in more than 3,000 common building materials before it was banned, and these can be found in homes and gardens across Queensland.

Hot water heaters in winter

After a number of serious incidents in the past two months involving hot water heaters, including injuries to home owners, the QBCC Plumbing Investigation Unit has produced a home owners guide to help minimise potential risks associated with hot water heaters.

The QBCC advises that the best way a home owner can mitigate any issues arising with a hot water heater is to contact an appropriately licensed contractor.

Below is a list of issues that could potentially occur, how home owners can identify these to better protect themselves, and who to contact if necessary.

Lead in plumbing products

Lead in plumbing products blog

In Australia lead is used in the manufacture of some plumbing products, such as brass fittings. These products are widely used in drinking water systems in homes and commercial and industrial buildings. Lead can be released from some brass plumbing fittings, either as small particles or through dissolving into the drinking water, particularly where the water has been sitting in contact with these brass plumbing products for long periods. 

Ensure you are insured - hire a QBCC licensed painter

Photo of someone holding paint samples.

Are you thinking of having painting work done to your home, garage or shed? 

We’d like to remind home and property owners that if the value of your painting work is over $3,300 (including labour, materials and GST) an insurance premium must be paid under the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme.

The premium amount should be included in the price of your painting work and paid to the QBCC by your QBCC licensed contractor. 

Protect your drinking water supply

Home owner drinking water.

As a home and property owner, we recommend you learn where your underground pipes are before having work done around your property.

The QBCC has identified health and safety concerns relating to underground water service pipes being susceptible to infiltration of chemicals, which could make you sick.

You should always take care when using chemicals, such as pesticides, weed control products, paint, fuels and oils, at your property.