Gas installations in your home

Gas Certificate of Conformity

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Gas certificates

Many homeowners have installed gas appliances due to high electricity costs. However, homeowners must comply with specific regulations which relate to safe installations, Gas Certificates of Conformity and South African National Standards.

Appliances must conform to the relevant SABS standard (SANS 1539).

As from 2009, the Occupation Health and Safety Act (No 85 of 1993) requires that all gas installations must have a Gas Certificate of Conformity! This applies to all permanent installations such as gas fires, hobs, stoves and braais. After an installation has been inspected a Gas CoC is issued if it is safe and leak-free.

Authorised installers registered with the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) issue certificates.

Any homeowner who has a liquefied petroleum gas (LPGas) appliance installed in their home must have this certificate.

Home insurance

Gas appliances that leak could have major health implications for a family. Not to mention the huge danger of an explosion.

If you don’t have this gas certificate an insurance company will repudiate claims. This could have severe financial repercussions for you. Such an inspection is essential for your insurance policy to remain valid. Moreover, an inspection will ensure that the installation is safe and your family is not at risk.

When you sell your home. you are required to hand over the gas certificate to the new purchaser.

Safety service checks

If you smell gas or suspect your gas appliance is leaking turn off the appliance immediately. In addition, open all the doors and windows to air the room and shut off the gas supply at the control valve. Before you use it again, have it checked by a registered gas installer.

Have a registered gas installer perform an annual service check to ensure your gas installations remain in working order. Go to either the LPGSASA website or the SAQCCGAS website for a list of registered gas installers near you.

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Electric Fence

Electric fences and your home security

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An electrified fence is your first line of defence in securing your home!

Few homeowners realise that there are very strict regulations governing the installation and maintenance of an electrified fence. Many don’t have an Electric Fence Certificate of Compliance.

New electric fence regulations

Electrified fence regulations were amended in 2011. However, at the time the regulations did not receive much attention.

The regulations that apply to electrified fences are the Electrical Machinery Regulations. They fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

But is it really an issue? The answer is yes! The authorities are now enforcing the regulations and many homeowners are up in arms!

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Life expectancy of geysers

How long does the geyser in your home last?

When you buy a new home have you ever thought about how long the geyser may last before you encounter problems? Probably not!

Your homeowner’s insurance may replace a burst geyser. However, be sure to check if you can claim the cost of repairs or if your home is unlivable due to water damage. Some policies allow you to claim for accommodation for the time it takes for your home to be habitable again.

Most geysers will not give you problems for ten years or more in new houses. Check with the seller how old the house is if you are buying a house. Also, check if the geyser has been replaced and when.

Most homeowners realize too late that they never checked if their insurance covers geyser replacement and water damage. Be sure to check your policy and ask your insurance agent. Continue reading “Life expectancy of geysers”

Voetstoots clauses are still being used in 98% of Home Sales Contracts

Voetstoots Clauses

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Read your offer to purchase carefully!

Beware of voetstoots clauses!

If you believe that the voetstoots clause is no longer applicable to home sales, you are mistaken. Estate agents and home sellers are using the voetstoots clause in 98% of the “offer to purchase” agreements. Furthermore, the voetstoots clause protects both the seller and the agent in case of legal ramifications for defects. The seller is not selling his home in his normal course of business. As a result, the Consumer Protection Act does not protect you!

In conclusion, just imagine what is wrong and can go wrong with the house you just bought if you don’t take the correct action!

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