An unlicensed plumber whose work caused raw sewage to leak on to a floor has been fined $3800 and ordered to pay court costs and solicitors' fees.
Paraparaumu man Herbert Beglin was sentenced in the Porirua District Court on Wednesday for carrying out sanitary plumbing at a home in Paraparaumu Beach when not registered or licensed.
The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board sought an above average fine to reflect the scale of offending and the significant damage caused, said board deputy registrar Kern U'ren.
"There are serious health and safety risks associated with sanitary plumbing carried out by an unauthorised person. Any defective plumbing work has the potential to cause disease and serious damage to the home and in this case, the poor workmanship led to flooding, structural damage and damage to electrical circuits.
"The toilet leaked raw sewage on to the floor due to incorrect installation of the pan stump.
''Further, the bathroom had a combined waste that had been incorrectly installed so that foul water released from the bath flowed back up through the shower waste. This was further exacerbated when the shower waste leaked into the ceiling space and then into the downstairs area resulting in structural damage and damage to electrical circuits."
- Kapiti Observer
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