Shedding light on the electrical installation certificate system in Cape Town 

A life without electricity can scarcely be imagined in our modern world, but powering up your home is not as simple as running a wire. If you own property with any type of electrical installation, you must be in possession of a valid electrical installation certificate. An electrical certificate of compliance deems your property safe and that it is in compliance with SANS10142-1 Electrical Installations Regulations.

When is an Electrical Certificate of Compliance required?

An electrical certificate of compliance is valid for two years from the date issued unless the system has been altered or worked on. Electrical installation certificates are required when you sell your home and the current CoC is older than two years, or if you have in any way altered the system or had work done to it. Should you decide to modify or alter the existing installation for any reason, the certificate becomes invalid and a new one must be issued.

Electrical Compliance Certificate Cost

As there are many factors that can determine the outcome of an inspection, it is not feasible to determine the cost of a new certificate without first performing a new inspection. The only upfront cost that we can provide you with is the inspection fee. Beware of companies that attempt to guarantee cost; they are most likely cutting corners. At the time of the inspection, one of our electricians will give you a report with any compliance issues and recommended solutions. The estimated cost will be included in the report. We will also give you a reasonable timeline for job completion and are committed to completing all jobs within the timeline agreed upon. Once the work has been completed a final bill will be generated which determines your price.

Electrical inspection in Cape Town

There are various electrical codes that must be followed when installing an electrical system. The best solution is to hire a qualified electrical technician, thus ensuring that the home will pass inspection and obtain the electrical CoC for the Cape Town area specifically. Our qualified electricians at Abacas Solutions, Cape Town, will be pleased to perform the inspection. Please fill out the form below with as much information as possible accurately. Delays may result if any information is missing or incorrect.

How to go about obtaining an electrical inspection in Cape Town

If you are putting your home up for sale, as a rule, it is best to request an inspection before putting your house on the market; this will give you a much better idea of any potential modifications that may be required before the sale of your home is complete. Oftentimes, your agent will handle the application request for you, but if he or she does not, be sure to set up for an appointment as soon as possible. This allows plenty of time for any needed repairs that may be required. However, if you have already sold your home, generally your agent will take care of the application process for you. Having the inspection performed as well as getting any costs associated with remediation to your electrical system will allow you to better set your selling price on your home.

What is covered in the certificate?

Although the certificate itself does not cover any appliances installed in the home, it does cover how they connect to the electrical system. The certificate is valid for two years unless further modification to the electrical system is done.

Generally, it is the responsibility of the seller to provide the new owner with a CoC. The request for inspection can be made by the seller, the agent, or the attorney and does not determine who will pay for the inspection. Once the request is received, we will contact the seller to explain the process and costs and also acquire the seller’s permission to do the inspection. Having a valid email address will allow us to keep you abreast of your inspection. Once the inspection is complete and any corrective issues resolved, we then supply the certificate to your transferring attorney for registration purposes so that it can be provided to the new owners. Should you wish a copy of the certificate for your own records, we will be happy to provide you with one at no additional cost.

We at Abacas Solutions use multiple teams of highly qualified and experienced electricians to ensure that your home has an electrical system that is safe. All of our electricians are registered and are full time employees, not sub contractors. We are not only able to perform the inspection and issue the certificate; we are also fully capable of performing any necessary repairs that need to be carried out, including repairing all household wiring issues, air conditioner re-wiring, as well as outdoor and security lighting. Our electricians use best practices and the latest tools of the trade, ensuring a high quality product to our customers. Abacas Solutions covers the greater Cape Town, Boland and Helderberg regions. We are perfectly situated to offer our quality services not only in Cape Town, but in all the surrounding areas, including Parklands and Tableview on the west coast down to Fishhoek and across the bay to Strand, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, and Paarl, and up to the hills of Wellington. Naturally, we also cover Bellville, Parow, Goodworrd, Kraaifontein, Brackenfell, and Kuilsriver. If you are unsure if your area is covered, just give us a call. We will be happy to help you out.

How To Detect A Water Leak

The process of detecting a leak in a house can be challenging if proper inspection procedures are implemented. If you want to detect a leak and protect your property, you can easily pinpoint leaks by following a few simple steps. Whenever help is needed along the way, you may want to use our services. We provide plumbing and leak detection services to locals in northern and southern suburbs throughout Cape Town, and we tackle maintenance and repair projects 24/7. Our leak detection methods are effective because we’ve built a solid reputable by successfully serving homeowners and business owners for over a decade.

leaking-faucetLeaking Faucets

When a faucet leaks, the problem can be resolved in most cases by replacing a worn out washer. The washer around a faucet is made of rubber, and the material can chip if environmental elements in the air circulate around the product. The big benefit is that the process of replacing a damaged washer is easy. In order to complete this project, simply shut off the main water supply or the valve that’s located under the leaking handle. Then, implemented proper procedure to secure the new rubber washer on the handle.

 

leaking-toiletLeaking Toilets

Toilet leaks must be repaired quickly because a simple plumbing issue can lead to a high bill. The big problem is that a leaky toilet wastes over a hundred gallons of water, and many homeowners fail to resolve a toilet leak quickly because the water flows out of the pipes quietly. In order to avoid an increased water bill, you must implement inspection procedures when you think that your toilet is leaking. The easily way to detect a general leak is by pouring food coloring in the tank. After the solution is in the toilet, wait several minutes without flushing the unit. If any of the food coloring seeps through the tank to the bowl, the toilet has a leak. By replacing the flapper or the filling component, you can effectively repair the toilet.

leaking-valveLeaking Valves

If a flapper valve has a mechanic problem, water will leak out of a toilet. The flapper valve is the mechanism that’s found on the foundation of the tank, and this component lifts whenever someone flushes the toilet. A slow leak will occur if the housing on the flapper is slightly worn or cracked because the toilet won’t have a proper seal. As a result, water will continue to rise since the stopping mechanism won’t shut off the running water. In order to resolve this problem, you must replace the flapper. However, if you have an older toilet with vintage mechanisms, replacing the entire flush system may be the best option.

 

flush-handleFlush Handle

Whenever someone has to jiggle the flush handle in order to stop water from running in a toilet, the flushing mechanisms are damaged or defective. Modern toilets have multiple components that operate when someone presses the flush handle, such as a flush level bar and the line that pulls the flapper into the air. If these components stick when the flusher is used, someone will detect a leak near the toilet. In most cases, this kind of leak can be repaired by adjusting the nut that keeps the mechanisms in the tank secure. When a toilet continues to leak after the nut has been adjusted, the handle needs to be replaced.

When the process of resolving a leak in ceiling under bathroom seems like a hassle, our service are worth considering. Contact us today and schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated plumbers. We commute to many neighborhoods in Northern and Southern Cape Town.

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10 Really Easy Ways to Unblock Drains

If you don’t know how to unblock a drain, you could be finding yourself in a panic after discovering that there is a clogged drain somewhere in your home. Luckily, even those who don’t know how to unblock a drain can do so surprisingly easily, however. These are 10 easy yet effective methods for handling your drain blockage.

1. Make a “Volcano”

If you have ever made a “volcano” in school by using baking soda and vinegar, then you might find that you can also clear your drain blockage yourself. All you have to do is sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in the clogged drain, then pour some white vinegar on top. After allowing the mixture to do its thing for a few minutes, you can pour some boiling water behind it. In some cases, this chemical reaction can help loosen up clogs.

2. Use a Wire Clothes Hanger

If there is hair or another object blocking the drain, sometimes straightening it out, creating a hook and fishing out any debris from the drain can help the water flow more freely.

3. Boil Some Water

Depending on what is causing the clog, sometimes boiling hot water can get things moving. Just boil a pot full of water on your stove, then pour it fast down your clogged drain. Make sure that you avoid getting splashed by the hot water to avoid injury.

4. Use Your Wet-Dry Vacuum Cleaner

If you have a wet-dry vacuum cleaner, you should know that it can be perfect for unblocking drains. Just put the hose down the drain, and turn the vacuum on. This can help suck out whatever might be causing the clog.

5. Use a Little Dish Soap

Dish soap can serve as a lubricant that can help things pass through the drain when you’re dealing with a minor clog. Squiring a little bit of dish soap into the clogged drain and then following it with some hot water might help you get things moving like they’re supposed to.

6. Try Caustic Soda

Caustic soda will fizz up when mixed with cold water. This can cause a similar reaction as the baking soda and vinegar and can help break up clogs. Just pour the mixture of caustic soda and water down the drain and allow it to sit for 20 or 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

7. Invest in a Drain Snake

You can purchase a drain snake from a home improvement store, and in many cases, you might find that it’s more effective than just using a plunger when getting rid of clogs.

8. Remove and Clean the Pipe

If possible, consider turning off the water supply, unscrewing the clogged pipe and tipping it over to allow clogs to fall out.

9. Combine Salt and Baking Soda

If you mix equal parts salt and baking soda and pour them down your blocked drain for 10 or 20 minutes, then follow the mixture with boiling hot water, you can create a chemical reaction that can help with a clogged drain.

10. Use a “Volcano” Plus Pressure

If you have tried the first tip but found that it did not work, try doing it again. This time, use a plunger to create pressure on top of the reaction. This can help the chemical reaction be a little more effective.

As you can see, if you are dealing with a clogged drain, there are a few steps that you can take to remedy the situation. If you are looking for professional assistance with your drain clog or any other plumbing problem, contact us at Abacas Solutions. We provide services in the Southern and Northern Suburbs of Cape Town and can help with unblocking drains and so much more.

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Common Plumbing Questions

Living with plumbing is one of those great advantages we have now that our ancestors didn’t get to enjoy, but that doesn’t mean it’s always pleasant. When plumbing goes wrong, homeowners realize just how in-depth and complicated it is. Before you panic, perhaps the answer to your plumbing problem is one that’s more common than you realize. While it usually takes the help of a professional to get your plumbing in order, we can answer some of your most commonly asked plumbing questions right now while you’re looking for a plumber.

Where Did that Leak Come From?

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Leaks happen all the time, which is why we are a 24 hour plumber. We assume the leak you’re referring to isn’t one directly from a faucet since you’re wondering where it originates. Water leaks are not always simple to fix. Many appear to come from a certain place behind a wall where the stains begin to appear, but this is not always the case. Leaks can come from virtually anywhere in your walls and travel quite the distance prior to showing up as a stain. The best way to find the source of the leak is to trace the water trail until you find it, which is not always a simple process.

Can I Put Whatever I Want in the Garbage Disposal?

It’s nice to have is disposal when you’re cooking, but you can’t put anything and everything into it. There is conflicting information everywhere. Some people say put a lemon rind in the disposal to clean and deodorize, while others advise against this for fear of damaging the blades on the rind. What you can and can’t put into the disposal is a never-ending debate, but there are a few things you cannot put into the disposal at any time. Bones, for instance, cannot go into the disposal. All disposals are made differently, and some can handle more than others.

Never put into a disposal something you wouldn’t eat. Run cold water into the disposal before and after use to keep the flow of items moving through your pipes, and always keep your hands out of it when you’re running it.

Why Does My Toilet Make Noise When I Flush?

Toilets aren’t designed to make a gurgling sound when they flush, but many do. When this happens, it’s because of the pressure. The vents in the plumbing designed to keep gas from entering your home through the plumbing might be obstructed, which is causing the sound you hear. This is a job for a professional.

Can I Fix A Clogged Drain?

Sometimes clogs in the pipes are nothing more than a little bit too much toilet paper flushed at once. If you have kids at home, you know this to be true. If you can fix a clogged drain with a snake or with a few flushes of some cleaner, you probably don’t have a problem. If the clog clears up and goes away but comes back regularly, you might have a real problem somewhere in the pipes. This is when it becomes necessary to call a professional for plumbing services. We all experience a small clog we can clear up without any issues, but a persistent clog you fight more than you don’t is a good indicator of a much larger plumbing problem.

When you have a plumbing issue you know is above your level of expertise, it’s time to call the professionals at Abacas Solutions. Our team of professional plumbers knows how to fix your problems, answer your questions, and make it a little easier to spend quality time at home. We service homes and businesses all over Northern and Southern suburbs of Cape Town, and we are available 24-hours a day to help with your plumbing needs. There is no issues we cannot handle with your pipes.

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Every home owner will encounter a blocked outside drain. There are many causes of a blocked outside drain and the most common amongst these is usually a build-up of waste plant material, plaster products from careless builders or even small stones.

A blocked drain can turn serious if its not taken sorted out quickly. Our expert, qualifed plumbers at Abacas Solutions will find it an easy process to unblock your drain.

Get in touch with us today and your blocked drain concerns will come to an end. We'll take sort it out quickly and professionally.

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At Abacas Solutions, honesty is our only policy! All our projects are completed with integrity and that's not just with our clients, but also our suppliers and contractors. With hundreds successful jobs completed, with over 20 years experience, we are one of the most trusted plumbers and electricians in Cape Town.

We are committed to complete all jobs within the timeline agreed. We only use the best practices and use the latest tools of the trade ensuring all jobs are completed swiftly but at the same time also paying close attention to the small details so that nothing is forgotten.

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Abacas Solutions was established in 2002 in Cape Town by Vincent Parsons and since then he has never looked back.

With many of successful jobs under his belt, he can truly say that his company is one of the most trusted plumber contractor within Cape Town offering both residential and commercial services. For more than 20 years, Abacas Solututions has provided a large range of home services in Cape Town and many other surrounding suburbs reaching as far as: Durbanville, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

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Are you looking for a plumber in Cape Town to do an emergency repair or replacement of your hot water cylinder/geyser.

At Abacas Solututions we take pride at being the No.1 plumber in Cape Town!

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  • If there's an excess/ pouring overflow from the exterior pipe.
  • If there's water running from your ceiling!

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Sometimes it may be necessary to exchange your geyser/ hot water cylinder completely.

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  • When the water temperature is not hot enough.
  • When there is a lack of pressure or the water flow isn't strong enough.
  • When the hot water gets cold too fast when showering or you don't have enough hot water to fill up a bath.

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Coc Electrical and Plumbing Inspections in Cape Town

Certificates of Compliance

If you are purchasing a house in Cape Town, you will need a valid ECOC before transfer and registration of a bond.

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Electrical R 395.00 R 395.00
Water R 395.00 R 395.00
Gas R 395.00 R 395.00
Beetle R 395.00 R 395.00

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Why is an Electrical Certificate of Compliance required when selling a property?

A change of ownership cannot take place unless there is a a Certificate of Compliance (COC) document which verifies that the electrical setup such as the lights, plugs, DBboard, wiring and geyser in a property comply with South Africa law as detailed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • When does Electrical Certificate of Compliance expire?

    An Electrical Certificate of Compliance older than two years cannot be utilized. A new Electrical Certificate of Compliance is going to be required, if any electrical work was completed after the certificate was granted.

  • What does the Electrical Certificate of Compliance cover?

    Your Electrical Certificate of Compliance guarantees:

    • The primary distribution board as well as any other boards
    • Wiring - is it in a risk-free state and does it work with the circuit breakers within the distribution board
    • Socket outlets and light switches
    • Earthing - all metal parts of the set up have to be earthed.
    • Isolators - have the isolators been correctly installed for appliances like hot water cylinders (geysers), stoves, door and gate motors, ceiling fans etc.
    • Bonding - Geyser pipes, satellite dishes and TV antennae, etc.
  • What does the Electrical Certificate of Compliance not cover?

    Electrical Certificate of Compliance will not include fixed appliances like:

    • Fans & Motors
    • Pool motors
    • Geysers & Stoves
    • Under floor heating

    Please note: The electrical wiring to fixed home equipment are included with the Certificate of Compliance.

  • Advice to save you money

    Our recommendation would be to get the inspection completed very early, before a possible purchaser is brought to the property. This might enable you to make decisions which will decrease the costs of fixing any problems.

    • Garden lighting - the electrical wiring to garden lights are frequently done poorly and could be expensive to fix. These may be taken out instead of repaired.
    • Extra outside lighting - they are frequently non-compliant and could be taken out instead of repaired.
    • Extension leads - short-term leads in many cases are set up for the owner’s benefit and may easily be taken out.
    • TV antennae - might be obsolete - so just remove. In the event the seller leaves it as a permanent fixture it'll need to be glued.
    • Electric installments to wendy houses - in many cases are carried out unlawfully. Detaching the supply can help to eliminate the expense.
    • Light bulbs - these are consumables and aren't included by the Electric Certificate of Compliance. Nevertheless, it's a good exercise to make sure that all fused bulbs are swapped out prior to the inspection. This can reduce wastage of your time throughout the inspection procedure.
    • Ornamental water fountains and fish ponds - as fixed home appliances, these things need isolators. This is often done incorrectly and could be pricey. The electrical power for these kind of features is easy to remove and will save you money.

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Is a beetle certificate of clearance required to sell your property?

No, there isn't any legislation that enforces a seller to supply a Beetle Free Certificate.
  • Then why are properties needing a Beetle Inspection?

    Through the 1940’s to 1960’s there were insects that infested properties on an pandemic level, these pests burrowed deep into wooden structures causing extensive damage. Sometimes, the infestations were so extreme that roofing structures were near collapse.

    Numerous building societies, that have been then your primary sources of bond financing, wouldn't loan funds to any purchaser except if the property to be mortgaged was announced free from wood-destroying pests. So the need was set up for well qualified specialists to perform inspections where the invasion was reported, suggest restorative steps to eliminate such infestation. This necessity was drafted in to the Offer to Purchase plus it had become the seller’s responsibility to supply the Beetle Free Certification.

  • Are beetle infestations still a concern?

    Inspecting and dealing with beetle invasion when residences are sold, combined with the intensive utilization of pre-treated wood in more modern properties, is a practice that has gone a long way to lowering the occurrence of beetle infestation.

  • If the problem is under control, why are beetle inspections still being performed?

    Wood destroying insects cannot be fully eradicated. Extreme care from property owners and the regular exercise of checking properties which have been sold will make sure the issue is handled so they won't come back to the outbreak proportions of the sixties.

  • In the Deed of Sale, what is the advised ‘Beetle Clause’

    The seller shall organise at his/her cost to have the accessible fixed wooden structures on the property examined by a certified wood borer inspector who's a member with the S.A.P.C.A (South African Pest Control Association), for infestation by wood damaging insects as well as the treatment of and/or replacement of any timbers discovered to be infested, in accordance with the suggestions specified by the inspector.

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WHY DO I NEED TO WATER INSTALLATION CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE WHEN I SELL MY PROPERTY?

The Water by-law 2010 - section 14(1) of the city of Cape Town, states that prior to any property may be transferred, a Certificate of Compliance for the water installation must be supplied. This entered effect on the 1st of March 2011. It's a community by-law and just pertains to properties sold within the municipal district of Cape Town.A new Certificate of Compliance must be supplied every time a property is transferred.
  • Does the Water Installation Certificate of Compliance cover all of the plumbing?

    Absolutely no, the Water Installation Certificate of Compliance Isn't a domestic plumbing certification. It's restricted to the by-law and isn't as extensive being a plumbing related certificate.

    The table beneath illustrates a few of the variations involving the water installation certification along with a plumbing certification of compliance.

    WATER INSTALLATION COC ✓ PLUMBING CERTIFICATE
    Get it from from City of Cape Town’s webpage Obtainable from the Plumbing Industry Registration Board
    Needs conformity utilizing the City of Cape Town Water By-Law 2010. Geysers set up prior to 2006 don't need a drip tray. The whole set up has to adhere to the laws - Sans 10252 and Sans 10254
    Excludes waste water (sewerage system,waste traps, etc.) Does include waste water –  Sewerage, waste water etc.
    Only covers damaged parts if they result in a loss of potable water Does Include all broken plumbing parts – toilet pans, cracked basins, waste traps etc.
    Doesn't include leaks on sewerage / waste water Will cover leaks from sewerage water and  waste water
    Doesn't include drainage, except for storm water discharging into your sewer Includes inspection bends and damaged or blocked drains, etc.
  • What's covered by the Water Installation Certificate of Compliance?

    The components of the set up which are insured are on the Certificate as follows:

    • The geyser installation matches SANS 10252 and SANS 10254 (not including drip trays on hot water cylinders set up prior to 2006).
    • The water plumbing within the plumbing set up (specifically inside the roof space) are correctly saddled according to SANS 10252:
    • The water meter records the circulation when water is drawn, and doesn't register when usage stops.
    • The private isolating valve according to subsection 23(2) (a) or (b) is within place and operating.
    • None of the terminal water fixtures leak and they're properly set in place.
    • No storm water is emitted in to the sewer system.
    • There's no cross link between the potable water supply as well as any alternative supply.
  • The buyer’s expectation

    A few purchasers may think that this Certificate of Compliance handles all domestic plumbing problems - specifically purchasers from other areas who aren't acquainted with the City of Cape Town By-Law.

    Nevertheless, our mandate would be to examine to the needed requirements only. This is often to make sure conformity using the by-law, while providing cost effective rates to the seller.

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Do I need a Gas Certificate of Compliance when selling my property?

A Gas Certificate of Compliance must be issued in terms of Regulation 17(3) of the Pressure Equipment Regulations (OHS ACT of 1993), should there be a change of ownership. This entered into effect on the first October 2009.
  • What's covered by the Gas Certificate of Compliance?

    The Gas Certificate of Compliance verifies that:

    • There aren't any gas leaks
    • Emergency shut off valves are already set up in the proper locations
    • The gas pipes, valves, regulator and gas appliance are in a safe and secure condition without corrosion.

    Requirements for gas cylinder/s attached to the outside of a property:

    • They must be at least 2 metres clear of a drain.
    • They must be at least 1 metre clear of an airbrick, a window or a door.
    • Must not surpass the maximum amount of gas allowed on the property, that is 100kg.
    • They must be at least 5 metres clear of an electric supply of ignition, e.g. air-conditioner, distribution board, a motor, etc.

    For any gas cylinder set up in the inside of a home (generally in the cupboard):

    • Isn't located underneath the hob
    • The cupboard has venting to avoid the buildup of gas.
    • There aren't any electric switches within 200mm from the hob.
    • There aren't any electrical switches underneath the hob, or perhaps in the inner compartment in which the tube lies.
  • Potential Gas Problems

    Presently there are laws concerning the amount of gas which may be kept on your property:

    Within an flat over the ground floor, the highest amount of gas permitted will be 9 kg. This is often of concern where there is a fireplace that uses gas. A fireplace using gas needs a tank of at the very least 19 kg to be able to run properly. Lowering the size of the gas cylinder to 9 kg can lead to functionality issues and it is consequently not just a viable choice. It might be better tostop using the fireplace. It is crucial that both parties understand this when finalizing a deal.

    Within a freestanding home, the maximum amount of gas which may be kept is 100kg, unless of course you will find plans which have been authorized by the Fire Department in addition to Town Planning. In the event the owner includes a duplicate of such plans, they may be given towards the gas inspector. This can eliminate delays. Should there be no accepted plans, the level of gas kept on the property should be decreased to a maximum of 100kg.

  • Advice to save you costs

    We advise getting the inspection completed prior to a possible buyer is brought to the home. This can allow the seller to generate cost saving choices quickly.

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Do I need an Electric Fence Certificate of Compliance when selling my property?

An electrical fence certification has to be supplied should there be a change of ownership of the property where the electric fence is present, as per the terms of Legislation 12(4) of the Electrical Machinery Laws (OHS ACT of 1993). This moved into effect as from 1st October 2012.
  • Who can issue an Electric Fence Certificate of Compliance?

    The laws that control electric fence installments are located in SANS 10222-3. These rules are distinct to those that regulate the electrical wiring of properties (SANS 10142-2). Only a individual certified by the Department of Labour as an electric fence installer might issue a C.O.C for any electric fence installation.

  • How can Abacas Solutions help?

    If you dont know who the original installer is, we are able to refer you to a qualified electric fence installer.

  • Advice and Tips:

    It is recommended that you designate the initial electric fence installer. His contact information ought to be plainly shown on the fence.

    Our reasons for this are:

    • The initial installer is going to be acquainted with the property.
    • In most cases the initial installer will have a maintenance contract in place.
    • The installer will be aware with what year the fence was set up and can make use of the laws appropriately.
    • The original installer may be willing to provide a better price should there be any kind of repairs to be completed.

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South Africa’s Certificates Of Compliance For Sale Of Property

Whenever selling a property, the majority of owners are will make sure their house is looking presentable and “staged”. This is usually characterized by applying a fresh coat of paint, tidying up their gardens and among many other things. What skips the mind of most is the preparation of necessary Certificates of Compliance. For instance, Electrical Certificate of Compliance and Plumbing Certificate of Compliance (popularly known as COCs). They just rush to selling and consequently transferring the property to the new owner.

Sellers Need To Have COC’s Ready Before Transfer Of Their Properties!

Prior to the successful registration process of any home transfer, the seller is obliged to issue the attorney in charge of the transfer with several COCs. The most popular Certificates of Compliance are Plumbing and Electrical Certificates of Compliance. Apart from these two, the other certificates are a function of several factors. They heavily rely on whether the home has gas installation, whether the home has an electric fence or even if the property is situated in the coastal region. The coastal area location is important as it determines if the property will need a Certificate of Clearance for Woodborer beetles.

The Managing Director of Leapfrog Property Group called Bruce Swain reiterated the fact that even though securing the COCs comes at an additional cost for the person selling the property, they are a necessity by law. This is because they serve to protect both parties involved in the property transaction. To be precise, they are a form of assurance that ascertains the standards of the plumbing, wiring and many services are fine. This gives comfort to the buyer as they can be rest assured that they are purchasing property that is up to standard and protects the seller from future claims leveled on them by the buyer as well.

In short, Certificates of Compliance documents are a must have with regards to the sale of property. However, very few people actually know the types of COCs that are needed by the law, the method of procurement and their actual implication.

For example let us consider shock-free wiring. The recent regulation with regards to electrical installation that was implemented in May, 2009 clearly states that only an organisation or a person that has the approval of the Chief Inspector (popularly known as the IC) maybe issued with an Electrical Certificate of Compliance. This is strictly according to Regulation 5 that outlines performing tests, investigations and inspections on all electrical installations.

Important Regulations About COC’s

In addition, the recent regulations clearly indicate that the Electrical Certificate of Compliance cannot be transferred to another owner if it exceeds two years of age. This implies a fresh application, in the case that its age is more than 2 years.

Another comprehensive example is ensuring that plumbing is up to standard in a property. Similarly, only a member of The Institute of Plumbing South Africa also known as IOPSA is legible to receive a Plumbing Certificate of Compliance. This rule is zero tolerance and must be adhered to as it can be checked on the website of the institute.

The Plumbing Industry Registration Board states that the certificate should only be issued out on the following grounds:

  • In the case whereby the total cost of work, inclusive of labor, materials and Value Added Tax exceeds 1500 South African Rand. It should be noted that the material cost is mandatory regardless of the supplier.
  • If there is any installation, relocation or even replacement of Electrical Water Heating System no matter the cost.
  • In the event that there are independent installations on a site.
  • If there is construction, alteration or installation of any sanitary drains no matter the cost. This can be either below or above the ground.
  • In the event of relocation, alteration or installation of Hot Water Solar Water Heating Systems.

Currently, procurement of plumbing certificates lacks a set validity period. Transfer lawyers highly recommend obtaining a new certificate whenever selling property.