Home & Property Owners

Regular maintenance is essential for your on-site sewerage facility

If you are a property owner in an unsewered area, you will likely have an on-site sewerage facility (OSSF) installed at your property for the treatment and disposal of wastewater.

OSSFs can include different types of treatment and methods of disposal, such as septic tanks with transpiration trenches, aerobic sand filtration systems with surface irrigation, and aerated wastewater treatment systems with sub-surface irrigation.

Regardless of the type of OSSF on your property, all OSSFs require regular maintenance and it is your responsibility to make sure this is carried out.

Get your hot water system serviced

Regardless of whether you are a property owner or tenant, you need to be aware that hot water systems require regular, routine maintenance.

As a property owner, it is your responsibility to check the owner’s manual to find out how often you should have your hot water system serviced.

When you engage someone to do plumbing and drainage work on your property, which includes servicing a hot water system, you should always contract with a licensed plumber.

Make sure your balustrades and railings measure up

In Queensland, we have strict requirements when it comes to balustrades.

Where a deck or balcony is one metre or higher above the ground, balustrades need to be at least one metre high.

For decks more than one metre above the ground, openings in balustrades, including decorative balustrades, cannot be greater than 125 millimetres.

If your deck is more than four metres above the ground, balustrades cannot have any climbable elements located between 150 millimetres and 760 millimetres from the floor.

Are you doing major renovations on your home?

Get your Form 4 for plumbing and drainage work

If you engage a builder to build an extension on your property, which includes a bathroom, the builder will employ a licensed plumber to perform the plumbing and drainage work.

On completion of the work, the plumber lodges a Form 4 with the QBCC and must provide a copy of the notice to the builder. As the property owner, you may also contact the QBCC to access a copy of the Form 4.

Retaining walls

These days, large modern houses may be constructed close to subdivisional boulder retaining walls, due to the limited availability of sizeable blocks of land and backyard swimming pools being a common addition. This has led to an increase in the number, size and complexity of retaining walls being built.

What can you do to maintain retaining walls?

Check your deck before the holidays

Timber deck

Summer is already here, and this is the time of year that Queenslanders love to get out on their decks with family and friends.

So if you are planning on holding a holiday celebration on the deck at your property, now is the time to get your deck checked.

Decks and balconies require regular and effective maintenance to help ensure their long-term safety. The frequency of this maintenance depends on the materials, type of finish, climate and the degree of exposure to the weather.

Prepare your home for storm season

Photo of gutter and stormy sky

Storm season is here, which means it's time to do some maintenance around your property to make sure you are as ready as possible.

You need to clear any leaves and debris out of eaves and gutters to ensure proper drainage of roof water during severe water events. This is particularly important if you are living in leafy suburbs.

It may also be a good time to do any surface drainage and garden maintenance, which is necessary to prevent subsidence, and should be done on an annual basis.

Check your pool fences following Cyclone Debbie

Check your pool fencing

Recent severe weather events may have caused damage or unexpected movement to swimming pool fencing or barrier components. 

Any damaged fencing that allows access to a child under five should be made compliant immediately. 

Flooding and heavy rain events are very likely to have caused differential ground movements to the posts supporting your pool safety gate. This can cause your gate to not self-close or self-latch. 

A property owner should repair this work immediately or have a suitably qualified contractor make the repairs.

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