With extensive experience in the management and resolution of building and construction disputes, the BDTSA is fast becoming is fast becoming a recognised and respected entity.

The BDTSA provides nationwide services to the building and construction industry as well as members of the general public.
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Plumbing Disputes

The origin of plumbing disputes usually arises from defective work and/or materials. Building plans often lack critical detail regarding specification of water pipes, fittings and connections or it simply gets ignored and inferior pipes and fittings get installed. This is usually the result of trying to save costs, regardless of possible future expense for the owner.


When one deviates from the plan as the building work progresses it’s also easy to make minor changes when something seems better or more suitable as you go along. This usually results in piping and fittings being used that is not suitable. Even if there is no intention to use inferior fittings and piping this happens regularly.


It is of utmost importance to the contractor to take the time to implement the necessary quality assurance processes and eliminate any potential plumbing disputes, but unfortunately there is rarely enough time for this on completion of a project, so this vital inspection often gets overlooked.

Technical (in the legal sense) disputes – these are disputes that arise out of non-compliance with the technical requirements for making and responding to payments.

Merit based disputes are disputes about the merits of the parties arguments in terms of the construction contract that governs their relationship.


Remember that the contract could be orally or in writing. For obvious reasons a written contract is the first prize as oral contracts are sometime difficult to prove.

Typical merits-based disputes include disputes in relation to:


• non-payment for work undertaken;
• contract interpretation – what the parties actually agreed;
• scope of work;
• quality of work;
• quality of materials;
• time for completion;
• estimates vs actual cost;
• variations – whether certain work is in fact a variation to the agreed scope of work and the value of that varied work;
• defective work;
• scope and cost of rectification work.