Tradesman fined $2k for shoddy plumbing

A shoddy and dangerous plumbing job has cost an unauthorised Wellington tradesman nearly $2,000 in fines and compensation payments.

Paulo Va'alepu, of Silverstream, has been convicted of illegally carrying out sanitary plumbing at a house in Stokes Valley.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board says the work he did was extensive and involved the replacement of a toilet, bath, vanity and shower.

But the shower had insufficient water pressure meaning anyone standing under it could get scalded.

As well as that the shower was leaking at the base, and the toilet pan wasn't connected properly, meaning that over time it would leak sewage onto the floor.

The home owner had to hire another plumber - this time a licenced one - to fix the work.


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