Beware unauthorised trade work - don't take the risk!
Property owners are being warned today not to fall into the trap of using unlicensed people to conduct plumbing or gasfitting work on renovation projects. Always ask to sight a NZ Practising Licence before any work begins.
Yesterday in the Hastings District Court, Robert Joseph, was sentenced to a $2,000 fine for carrying out restricted plumbing and gasfitting work without authorisation and was ordered to pay $130 in Court costs.
Mr Joseph carried out bedroom and bathroom alterations in a garage at a Hastings residence, which included the installation of a Bosch gas hot water system, a toilet, a shower unit, a washtub sink and taps, and the installation of a sink and taps in the outside lean-to.
Sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are regulated industries in New Zealand, and it is illegal to do this restricted work unless authorised by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB).
The health and safety risks are high - and you may be invalidating your insurance policy. Only authorised tradespeople who carry a current NZ Practising Licence can carry out this work.
Mr Joseph was not a registered and licensed plumber or gasfitter, and not authorised to complete sanitary plumbing or gasfitting work.
The complainant found that work completed by Mr Joseph was substandard, and engaged a certified plumber who determined that the toilet installation was incorrect, and as a result, was leaking and experiencing backflush.
A certified gasfitter engaged in checking the gas hot water system found that the work was dangerous as a result of the incorrect installation.