Nov 14, 2020 9:01 am
I have an investment property that is 18 months old. This week the tenants noted the the showers and sink were noted draining, toilets were gurgling. An emergency plumber was called and noted concrete and building rubble blocked the pipes.
I never did any renovations after handover using concrete. There was no way that I would have thought concrete blocked the pipes. I initially suspected it was toilet paper thus I never thought to contact the builder first. The maintenance liability warranty is only 3 months and structural warranty is 7 years.
Should you have called your builder initially without knowing a concrete was the cause ?
Is plumbing issue part of structural warranty?it is hard to know at first, if you do not know the cause of blockage without inserting a camera.
In this case, can I hold the builder liable to cover my plumber's bill of $600? They argued that they should have been contacted first.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Re: Drains blocked with concrete, should the builder pay my2
May 20, 2021 1:49 pm
Here is a reference to what a typical warranty covers; https://anewhouse.com.au/2016/10/what-d ... ies-cover/
In your case it sounds more like builders negligance than a failure so I would say they are probably liable.
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Re: Drains blocked with concrete, should the builder pay my3
May 20, 2021 1:57 pm
im surprised it took 18 months to materialise. As to th ebuilder saying they should have been called first, thats really only relevant when you know the matter is their to deal with. You as a responsible home owner tried to deal with the issue as a routine maintenance issue, only to find builder negligence as teh cause. Id say your builder is liable, but for 600 bucks...good luck. you will waste more time and money trying to get your 600 bucks back.
Re: Drains blocked with concrete, should the builder pay my4
May 20, 2021 2:35 pm
Rubbish tossed down drain pipes by tradies during construction is but one reason why every new house should have a forensic stormwater and drain pipe inspection and compliance check prior to or at PCI.
Re: Drains blocked with concrete, should the builder pay my5
May 20, 2021 2:44 pm
Rubbish tossed down drain pipes by tradies during construction is just one reason why every new house should have a forensic stormwater and drain pipe inspection and compliance check prior to PCI.
my builder does this as standard and made a point of telling us we'd get the footage on USB. I guess it also indemnifies them against costly plumbing and structural work down the line if they arent at fault while giving them an opportunity to resolve prior to handing over
Re: Drains blocked with concrete, should the builder pay my6
May 20, 2021 3:29 pm
It's business smarts and good to read your post.
Re: Drains blocked with concrete, should the builder pay my7
May 21, 2021 11:02 am
If the plumbing pipes are filled with building debris and you have not contributed to the problem then it is a building defect under builder's warranty. Builder is responsible, warranty for building defects is 10 years in Victoria. It makes no difference you did not call the builder first.
Pipes should have been cleared and cleaned before handover.
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