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Frequently indicated non-compliance notices

The following non-compliances are frequently required to be indicated on non-compliance notices:

NOTE: Please note that it remains the responsibility of the plumber to ensure that any non-compliances are reported to the homeowner and that it accurately describes the non-compliance at the address for which the notice is issued. To allow for this the field marked “Comments” is editable and can be edited to include all necessary details.

The tables below provide different options that could be selected for reporting. Please select the option most applicable to the installation.

Pressure is not balanced: 

Installation Type Sub Type Statement Standard Comments
SANS 10254 Operation of the system – Pressure rating of the system Dynamic pressure variance of 20% The residual dynamic pressure at the fittings vary by more than 20%. –Non-compliant and could result in scalding/cold surges at taps
SANS 10254 Operation of the system – Pressure rating of the system Balance pressure of mixing components The hot and cold-water delivery pressure to water mixing components is not balanced. –Non-compliant and could result in scalding/cold surges at taps

No R1 Lagging:

Installation Type Sub Type Statement Standard Comments
For geyser installations
SANS 10254 Energy and water saving considerations Thermal insulation not installed All connected pipework to and from the water heater (Cold in; Hot out and TP discharge) is not clad in minimum R-1 rated thermal insulation for at least 1-1.5m–This will result in thermal losses on an ongoing basis.
For Solar Water Heater installations
SABS 10106 Installation – Pipework and insulation Insulation R-Values The insulation does not achieve the minimum R-value given in SANS 10252-1. –Minimum thermal resistance value rating for domestic plumbing is R-1. Lesser rated thermal insulation will result in increased heat loss, and is also non-compliant
SABS 10106 Installation – Pipework and insulation Exposed pipe insulation The first metre of the cold incoming supply line to the water heater has not been insulated with R-1 rated insulation. –Insufficient lagging will result in heat losses in the system
SABS 10106 Installation – Pipework and insulation Exposed pipe insulation The first metre of the T&P safety valve discharge pipe has not been insulated with R-1 rated insulation.
SABS 10106 Installation – Pipework and insulation Exposed pipe insulation The flow and return pipes in the primary loop have not been completely insulated with R-1 rated insulation–Insufficient lagging will result in heat losses in the system
SABS 10106 Installation – Pipework and insulation Exposed pipe insulation The insulation material does not properly cover elbows and tees and/or has not been properly mitred and cut to cover all necessary parts of the system. –Insufficient lagging will result in heat losses in the system

Electrical non-compliance:

This section can be used for:

  • No Isolator
  • No Bonding
  • Incorrect electrical connections Etc.

The details of the non-compliance should be added to the COMMENTS section.

Installation Type Sub Type Statement Standard Comments
SANS 10254 Electrical installation Electrical wiring The electrical wiring system is not connected to the electrical supply in an approved manner. –Unsafe. Could void warranties and insurances should a problem arise.

Supply pipe supports not correct:

Installation Type Sub Type Statement Standard Comments
SANS 10252-1 Installation Pipe supports There are pipe supports in the installation that are not capable of supporting the expected loads
SANS 10252-1 Installation Pipe supports There are pipe supports in the installation that are not screwed into, bolted or built into the structure of the building, secured with percussive fasteners, or secured by other approved means
SANS 10252-1 Installation Pipe supports There are pipe supports in the installation that are spaced further than the maximum allowed centres between supports for plastic piping as per SANS 10252-1 (8.6.4.8 table 22)
SANS 10252-1 Installation Pipe supports There are pipe supports in the installation that are spaced further than the maximum allowed centres between supports for metallic piping as per SANS 10252-1 (8.6.4.8 table 21)

Drain pipe supports not correct:

Installation Type Sub Type Statement Standard Comments
SANS 10252-2 & SANS 10400 (P) Installation

 

Pipe support

 

The minimum distance between pipe supports on one or more section of drain or discharge pipes is not in accordance with tables 20 & 21 on SANS 10252-2

 

SANS 10252-2 & SANS 10400 (P) Installation

 

Pipe support

 

There are joints that do not have support adjascent to them
SANS 10252-2 & SANS 10400 (P) Installation

 

Pipe support

 

There are pipe sections between two joints that have not been provided with at least two supports

Plastic pipes used:

Installation Type Sub Type Statement Standard Comments
SANS 10254 Assembly of the system- General Approved type material The pipework and/or fittings and/or pipework system used in the system is not an approved type–All components used in a plumbing system must be tested and approved to comply with the relevant SANS standards. Failure to use compliant products could result in warranty voids and/or insurance claim refusals.

Shut-off valve between geyser and expansion control valve:

Installation Type Sub Type Statement Standard Comments
SANS 10254 Mains shut-off control Isolating valve Expansion relief An isolating valve is installed between the pressure reducing valve and the expansion-relief device and/or the vacuum-relief device of the storage water heater.–Serious safety risk- can cause the geyser to overpressurize and/or fail

No drip tray:

Installation Type Sub Type Statement Standard Comments
SANS 10254 Drip Tray Drip Tray not installed. No drip tray has been installed for the storage water heater –Leakage from the geyser or any ancillary components will result in damage to the property.

Safety valve & expansion control valve discharge pipes:

Installation Type Sub Type Statement Standard Comments
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Expansion valve discharge not installed No discharge pipe installed on expansion valve leading to the exterior of the building–Expansion relief occurs daily and must be led outside. Failure to have this pipe installed will result in damage to property
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Expansion valve discharge pipe blockage Blockage of the expansion valve discharge pipe cannot be prevented due either freezing and/or foreign objects. –Blockages could cause restricted or no flow
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Expansion valve discharge pipe causes nuisance The expansion valve discharge pipe is piped so that it will cause nuisance to owner or user of the system.  –Expansion drips may not cause a nuisance or damage to the building
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Expansion valve discharge pipe joining The expansion valve discharge pipe is joined together with anther discharge pipe(s).–May never be joined, could result in serious injury or damage, and failure to discern and diagnose problems when they occur
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Expansion valve discharge pipe not visible When flow occurs from the expansion valve discharge pipe, the flow cannot be readily observed.–Ongoing issues may not be noticed and therefore not rectified
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Expansion valve discharge pipe support The expansion valve discharge pipe is not adequately supported throughout its length which may result in water traps.–Water traps could cause future blockages causing restricted or no flow
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Expansion valve discharge piping sizing The expansion valve discharge pipe installed is size less than the size of the connection to which it is fitted. –Possible blockage or restriction of flow
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge not installed No discharge pipe installed on safety valve–Serious risk of injury and/or damage
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe – number of bends The safety valve discharge pipe has more than three bends and the overall discharge pipe length has not been reduced by 600mm for each additional bend that has been installed above three bends.  –Serious risk of injury and/or damage
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe – radius of bends The bends on the safety valve discharge pipe are not a maximum of 45° or formed with a centre-line radius at least five times the diameter of the drain pipe.–Serious risk of injury and/or damage
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe blockage Blockage of the safety valve discharge pipe cannot be prevented due either freezing and/or foreign objects. –Could result in blockage of the discharge pipe. Serious risk.
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe inclination and drainage The safety valve discharge pipe is not adequality inclined to the outlet so that drainage of the safety valve and pipe can be ensured.–Could result in blockage of the discharge pipe. Serious risk.
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe joining The safety valve discharge pipe is joined together with anther discharge pipe(s).–Serious risk of injury and/or damage to property and/or associated valves
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe metallic The safety valve discharge pipe is not accepted metallic material.  –Serious risk of injury and/or damage
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe not piped externally The safety valve discharge pipe is not piped to the exterior of the building.  –Ongoing issues could remain undetected/Serious risk of injury and/or damage
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe not safe When flow occurs from the safety valve, every effort has not been made to ensure minimum risk of injury or damage due to steam or hot water.–Serious risk of injury and/or damage
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe not safe When flow occurs from the safety valve, every effort has not been made to ensure minimum risk of injury or damage due to steam or hot water.–Serious risk of injury and/or damage
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe not visible When flow occurs from the safety valve discharge pipe, the flow cannot be readily observed.–Ongoing issues could remain undetected
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge pipe support The safety valve discharge pipe is not adequality supported through out its length which may result in water traps.–May result in damage to the TP valve or pipe or both, risking serious injury or damage
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge piping run exceeding 4m The safety valve discharge pipe installed exceeds the maximum allowable length for the number of changes of direction it has, and has not been upsized to 28mm
–Serious risk of injury and/or damage
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge piping run exceeding 9m The safety valve discharge pipe installed exceeds a maximum length of 9 m.–Serious risk of injury and/or damage
SANS 10254 Discharge from valves Safety valve discharge piping sizing The safety valve discharge pipe installed is size less than the size of the connection to which it is fitted. –Serious risk of injury and/or damage

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