Home & Property Owners

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?

Check your deck before the holidays

Timber deck

Summer is already here, and this is the time of year that Queenslanders love to get out on their decks with family and friends.

So if you are planning on holding a holiday celebration on the deck at your property, now is the time to get your deck checked.

Decks and balconies require regular and effective maintenance to help ensure their long-term safety. The frequency of this maintenance depends on the materials, type of finish, climate and the degree of exposure to the weather.

Prepare your home for storm season

Photo of gutter and stormy sky

Storm season is here, which means it's time to do some maintenance around your property to make sure you are as ready as possible.

You need to clear any leaves and debris out of eaves and gutters to ensure proper drainage of roof water during severe water events. This is particularly important if you are living in leafy suburbs.

It may also be a good time to do any surface drainage and garden maintenance, which is necessary to prevent subsidence, and should be done on an annual basis.

The Queensland Home Warranty Scheme

Block of land

Believe it or not, the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme can apply even before the actual construction of your home begins. 

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is the State’s building industry regulator. We administer the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme for all residential construction work performed by 
a QBCC licensed contractor over the value of $3,300. This cover provides some protection against defective and incomplete work.

Check your pool fences following Cyclone Debbie

Check your pool fencing

Recent severe weather events may have caused damage or unexpected movement to swimming pool fencing or barrier components. 

Any damaged fencing that allows access to a child under five should be made compliant immediately. 

Flooding and heavy rain events are very likely to have caused differential ground movements to the posts supporting your pool safety gate. This can cause your gate to not self-close or self-latch. 

A property owner should repair this work immediately or have a suitably qualified contractor make the repairs.

Pool fences must stay up

Pool fencing

Temporary fencing must be installed while pool owners are installing a new fence or trying to bring their pool barriers into compliance with pool safety laws.

This is a requirement that many pool owners overlook when trying to bring their pool barriers into compliance with the pool safety laws which came into effect on 1 December, 2015 after a five-year phase-in period.

A recent coroner’s report into the death of a young child in a backyard swimming pool on the Gold Coast shows that the community still has a way to go in their education and understanding of pool safety.

Less red tape for all pool owners

Swimming pool

All pool owners can now replace a pool fence without a building approval, provided that a pool safety inspector (PSI) is engaged prior to work commencing.

Previously, only pool owners with a house or townhouse were exempt from obtaining a building approval in order to build, replace or repair a pool fence.

Self-assessable work for all pool owners must still comply with all applicable building code requirements, but a building approval (provided by a building certifier) is not required for the work.

Concerns over pool barrier compliance deadline

Pool Safety Inspectors (PSIs) and the QBCC have received numerous enquiries from pool owners concerned about missing the 1 December compliance deadline.

Only local councils have the power to enforce this requirement and issue fines against noncompliant pool owners.

QBCC can help with advising what the legal requirements are:  If you’re a pool owner, the law applies to you from 1 December and we encourage you to work towards compliance as soon as you can.

 

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