The best starting point for a man cave or any renovation for that matter is to get a Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) plumber on board. This is especially true if there is water (or at least some kind of liquid) involved.
After Richard Bailie, our expert from the PIRB, shared his best tips when it comes to renovating your garage into a possible man cave, we take a look at some of the Frequently Asked Questions when it comes to renovations and the PIRB in general.
If you are renovating your garage into a man cave, and you are looking to install some kind of water feature, a keg, guest toilet or a wet bar, here are a few key information you need to know to get the job done right:
Your first step is to search for a PIRB registered plumber near you. The PIRB is a trusted professional body regulating the plumbing industry recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority. Its main function is to monitor the competency level of the plumbing industry. To find a PIRB registered plumber, simply visit their website at pirb.co.za and type in the company name, your suburb or postal code. A PIRB registered plumber near you will pop right up!
PIRB registered plumbers are in a position to supply you with a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) for all plumbing works rendered in your garage man cave. A plumber that is not licensed by the PIRB cannot legally provide you with a CoC and this will leave you vulnerable should anything go wrong. The CoC is ultimately a process whereby a licensed plumbing practitioner will self-certify their plumbing work in order to take ownership of their plumbing work.
To verify a CoC, you can visit the PIRB’s homepage and click on the ‘Verify CoC’ button. Simply enter the unique CoC number and find out if your CoC is valid or not.
If a CoC has been issued, consumers and homeowners can phone the PIRB at 0861 747 275 or 012 654 8245 and ask to speak to the PIRB’s complaints department. Otherwise, they can email email@example.com and follow the necessary steps to lodge a complaint.