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Uninsured Regulated Plumbing?

The Pandora’s Box of Performance Solutions Everyone expects their plumber to be fully insured.  In Victoria, it is a legal requirement under the Building Act 1993 for all plumbers to carry comprehensive insurance including for defective work and liabilities arising from their work.  In all other...

Distressed Houses and Home Insurance Claims

Unfortunately many home owners find themselves in the horrible predicament of having their dream home start to crack and show signs of what the construction industry bundles up as 'structural distress'. Typical problems include cracked brick work, interior plaster, doors hard to open or close, uneven...

Deakin University Blasts Defects

"It is reasonable to expect that our home is constructed in a manner that, at the very least, is stable, safe, sheltered and fit for purpose. Unfortunately, new residential buildings in Australia appear to be plagued with defects. Although the building itself can be fractured...

Rainheads – Dammed if You Do

It’s pretty clear that while the engineering and plumbing boffins in our Dam Buster sister company have been thinking of nothing else for as long as they can remember, rainheads have otherwise seriously slipped under the radar of just about everybody else in Australia. In October...

The Plumbing Auditor Cometh

All plumbers have felt the dread – either an announced or even unannounced audit of their work.  Most of the time things go well of course – but what if things take a turn for the worse? All States and Territories have legislation governing plumbers.  In...

Urban Myths and Half Truths

Just how long have you got to make a claim against your plumber’s warranty insurer?  And why you should be extremely careful about any legal advice you get. It’s become pretty obvious to the team at Metropolis that very few people know what significant consumer rights...

Urban Myths and Half Truths

Just how long have you got to make a claim against your plumber’s warranty insurer?  And why you should be extremely careful about any legal advice you get. It’s become pretty obvious to the team at Metropolis that very few people know what significant consumer rights...

The Dramas with Flexible Connectors – A Burst Dream?

Plumbing Connection magazine recently asked the team at Metropolis for their input about the ongoing dramas with bursting flexible hose connectors. These hoses are in virtually all houses and figures indicate they may be accounting for up to 22% of all water damage claims received by...

The National Scandal About Rain Heads

There's a national scandal unfolding here in Australia that needs fixing urgently.  Huge numbers of homes and commercial buildings across Australia are ready to flood inside.  All because of a single, defective roof plumbing product called a rain head.  The problem is basically no rain heads fitted...