Maintenance and water compliance

  • Dripping taps : We have all experienced this in our homes but it should not be ignored. If water is wasted then so is your money.  Compliance denotes that no taps may be dripping when in the “off” position.


  • Leaking pipes :  Most pipes will begin to leak at the joints, so check for wet spots on the ground or on ceilings. Our inspectors will do a visual check and also do a meter check for detectable leaks.  However, slow or hidden leaks may obviously not be discerned at a compliance inspection. Should there be any signs of leaking, our inspectors will call for leak detection to isolate the source.


  • Low water pressure: There are numerous reasons for this; perhaps airators or filters must be cleaned, or there may be a hidden leak. Sometimes simple flushing of water lines can solve this and other times it can be more complicated.  This is not considered a compliance issue, but more a design and maintenance issue.


  • Running toilets: Normally detected by the constant sound of water filling up the toilet tank or water runs constantly into the pan. This is a huge waste of water and will be considered when a compliance inspection is done.


  • Slow or clogged drains: Be wary of food particles and oil in sinks and basins. These will enter the drain and cause blockages. This is considered maintenance and will not be reported on in a compliance inspection. However, loose and leaking traps will be repaired to prevent further damage to property.


  • Outlet valves from geyser:  There are three outlet pipes which by law (and for compliance) must be visible from the exterior.  The PRV (pressure reducing valve), the TP valve ( temperature reducing valve) and the Drip Tray outlet.  It is important that they are positioned in a way which is safe as the water must be allowed to escape in order to relieve pressure and to indicate if there are any untoward problems in the geyser.


  • Taps and fixtures: It is essential that taps are tightened down.  Loose fittings will exert force on pipes and fittings connected to the taps.  This can potentially result in future leaks so the tightening is essentially a preventative measure.


  • If you have not had your property examined and even if you are not selling, consider getting a water compliance inspection done for your own peace of mind and to save costs.


  • Contact DOSS on 021 7904750 / info@edoss.co.za to arrange an inspection.
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