Gerry Gleeson - Dream Homes

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Category: Construction Industry Register of Ireland

Septic Tanks the Need to Knows

With the saturated ground conditions at present, we are receiving a lot of queries regarding Septic Tanks and problems with the whole system.
It is surprising how many homeowners know very little about the Waste Water disposal system that keeps their homes going.

There are a range of systems out there and I would not blame homeowners for not understanding all the details of Waste Water Systems and this is due to the Septic Tank and Percolation area of building your own home is an area that would be last on the list of things to be constructed before moving into their own Self Build home.

I am afraid that when it comes to a choice between a brand new kitchen from Country Kitchens or a Septic Tank at the end of your garden; the kitchen wins every time and very often the JCB Man both designs and installs how the Waste Water Disposal System will go in.

A lot of times what appears on your Planning Application is not what goes into the ground.

All of our Client questions that we receive are directed to our Engineer that we use, Pat Gamble of Professional site Solutions.
Pat is a recognised expert in the area of Waste Water Disposal Systems, Septic Tanks and our port of call to help our Clients achieve a good Disposal System that will work efficiently for years to come in your Dream Home.

When it comes to Septic Tanks, Secondary Waste Water Systems, Percolation Areas, Sand Filters etc. Contact Pat here.

On a recent visit to Kildare County Council offices in Naas Co. Kildare, I picked up these two leaflets which are well presented and full of good informative advice. The first one is titled “Waste Water Systems for Building a House” this goes into details and issues relating to applying for Planning Permission which is required for every new Septic Tank.


The second leaflet deals with “Have you Completed a Septic Tank Check?” and deals with the maintenance of your Waste Water System in order to protect your health and local Environment. It is a very detailed leaflet and answers frequently asked questions such as:

• What is the difference between a Septic Tank System and a packages Treatment System?
• What are my responsibilities as a homeowner?
• What is the sludge in the system?
• Why do I need to remove the sludge from my Septic Tank?
• How often should I remove the sludge from my System?
• Who can remove the sludge from your System?
Have a look through this leaflet and if you do not find the answer to your question then try the EPA’s website on Septic Tanks or of course, you can contact us to request our views on the topic.

We Welcome the Construction Industry Register of Ireland

Construction Industry Register of Ireland

On June 5th, 2017, the Irish government announced that it has approved the drafting and publication of the Building Control (Construction Industry Register Ireland) Bill 2017. The purpose of this bill is to make it mandatory for building firms to join the Construction Industry Register of Ireland (CIRI).

The CIRI register was set up three years ago by Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and it aims to make it easy for people to identify reputable and competent building firms.

What’s In Place Now

The CIRI register is an online register of builders, contractors and tradespeople. The register currently works on a voluntary basis, but the new legislation will see registration become mandatory. This development is long overdue and ought to be welcomed by the construction industry.

The Housing and Planning Minister, Simon Covey, said that CIRI is an essential measure to provide consumers with protection for their build. It will give consumers assurance that they are dealing with competent and compliant contractors. And that can only be a good thing for the construction industry as a whole.

Rebuilding Public Confidence

The construction industry is working hard to restore customer confidence since the economic collapse of the last decade. The CIRI will go a long way to help restore the public’s faith in the ability of builders and contractors. And the public need to know that the contractor used to complete their building project is up to the job.

As CIF Director Herbert Fitzpatrick said, the register will be effective in restoring public trust, only if it’s a mandatory statutory register. He says that continuing a voluntary register would be a mistake because non-registered contractors would continue to operate in the market. They undercut registered contractors and create an unlevel playing field.

The Need For Legislation

In recent years various trades introduced registers which helped to improve and standardise them.  Under the terms of the CIRI, contractors will only be able to work in areas they show experience in. And then contractors will only be able to register to provide these services. Applicants will have to provide details of at least three projects they have recently completed. These projects have to demonstrate their construction experience. You only have to think of the situation in the Priory Hall complex to see the effects poor construction has on residents.

For the construction industry to successfully grow, then people need to be able to trust that builders are competent and experienced to complete their building work. Building projects are major financial undertakings and can be very stressful for the homeowner. This register will help take at least some of the stress out of the process. It will make it clear the builder they’re using is up to the job.

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