Excessive Water Pressure
Licensed plumbing practitioners must ensure the maximum static pressure at any outlet, other than a fire service outlet, within a building does not exceed 500 kPa.
Pressure above 500 kPa can cause damage from water hammer, reduced life of appliances, taps and fittings, and cause excessive noise in the system. In some cases, this can cause pipes and taps to burst within the property.
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Pressure Testing Existing Gas Lines
Licensed plumbing practitioners have a legal obligation to test the gas line and appliances before altering or adding to an existing gas line when working in homes across Victoria. Practitioners must ensure there are no active gas leaks before installing a new gas appliance, altering the flow of gas or changing components within an appliance that dictates the control of gas.
This is a vital requirement, that unfortunately, many plumbers/gas fitters do not follow as it is a timely procedure which can dramatically slow the job down.
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Minimum Flue Clearances
Licensed plumbing practitioners have a legal obligation to ensure that all minimum flue clearances are met when working on an existing appliance or installing a new appliance.
Minimum flue clearances are the absolute minimum distance a flue can terminate from particular objects, structures, other appliances and buildings.
These distances have come from years of data within the plumbing industry worldwide. As the authorities collect more data, they may make amendments to these requirements.
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Defective Heat Exchanger
Licensed service technicians have an obligation when completing service works to ensure that the appliance is safe and fit for purpose.
They must ensure that appliance’s current integrity and guarantee that it will be safe to use and operate between services.
Energy Safe Victoria recommends that all gas-burning appliances are serviced every two years.
With that being said, if a technician does discover a fault with an appliance, he or she must guarantee that it will be safe and fit for use for the next 24-months.