What is NOT included in the
We do have the occasional seller taking umbrage to certain issues that require rectification or the cost thereof, but we generally find that we receive more “complaints” with regards to the “Plumbing Certificate” from the new property owners who believe we should have done more.
The new property owner believes that a “Plumbing Certificate” implies that absolutely everything to do with the plumbing installation will be 100%, unfortunately as you can see by the limited seven checks above this is simply NOT the case.
There are numerous plumbing issues that the certificate does not cover.
Some of the more obvious non certificate plumbing issues that we receive complaints about include, but not exclusive to:
- Blocked drains, the City of Cape Town is not concerned in any way with blocked drains on your property, this is considered a normal maintenance issue NOT a certificate issue.
- Leaks in the secondary, disposal, system. Leaks in the secondary or disposal system are not considered water wastage by the City of Cape Town as the water has already been used for it’s intended purpose and is now being disposed of.
We only check for leaks in the primary supply system, i.e. from the water meter to the tap itself and only when the tap is in the OFF position. We do NOT check the pipes from your shower, bath, kitchen or bathroom sinks to the outside drain, if these pipes leak it is considered normal maintenance and NOT a certificate issue, even if it is causing damage by leaking into a kitchen or bathroom cupboard or under the floor.
- Low water pressure supply. Check this with your supply authority
- Discolouration or Odour in water, water quality. Could be rust in pipes or geyser, or as a result of an external leak outside of your property.
- Fittings in poor condition. Chips, cracks or discolouration of baths, sinks, showers, toilets etc is not a concern of the City of Cape Town.
- Fittings or connections to appliances that leak in the ON position. The connection to washing machines, dishwashers etc is NOT covered by the Plumbing Certificate as long as the tap is not leaking in the off position.
- Irrigation systems or swimming pool installations. Generally appliances and the connection thereof are not included in the Plumbing Certificate. So if your swimming pool or irrigation system leaks when in use it’s a maintenance issue.
- Taps or fittings that are not connected to the installation. Occasionally we find a tap or some other fitting that is not connected to the water supply, we cannot compel the seller to upgrade the plumbing installation.
- No hot or cold water supply to rooms where you would normally expect both. It is not the purpose of the plumbing certificate to upgrade the plumbing installation. We do occasionally come across a house that has only cold or hot water supply to a kitchen or bathroom. As long as what exists is compliant we can not compel the seller to upgrade the installation.
- Air blocks in pipes. This can occur when the water supply has been switched off for a while, just open the taps in the house and let them run until the air has worked it’s way out of the system.