In 2016, Seaqual spent 11 months undergoing a grueling and thorough assessment process to receive an official certification from Agrément South Africa (pronounced “Agri-mar”) for their WetFloor & Full-bore range of products.
As defined on their website; “Agrément SA is an independent organisation that evaluates the fitness for purpose of non-standardised building and construction products and systems by applying performance-based criteria in its assessment procedure.”
When using the term “non-standardised” they are referring to a system or product for which there is no applicable South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) regulation. When there are new product innovations that do not fall under the existing SABS codes of practices then Agrément SA bridges the gap by validating that product’s compliance with regulations through a series of assessments. This allows companies to still receive official recognition and certification for their product inventions.
Seaqual’s WetFloor Drain removable Well Trap is one such example. This device is a superior replacement to the standard P-traps on the market. It has a rubber seal around the edge that gives it a snug and leak-proof seal when fitted into the F-box. The Well Trap can be removed and separated into two parts making cleaning and maintenance an easy process. It also makes the F-box completely accessible to the plumber for rodding blockages further down the drain. This is just one of many problem-solving features Seaqual’s products have to offer.
There have been many instances where subjects that are granted their Agrément SA certification have subsequently been added to the SABS code of standards at a later stage. SABS will tap into the knowledge gained from Agrément SA’s testing process and use this information in their own assessment of the subject. So the two organisations work very closely together.
Since Seaqual’s WetFloor and Full-bore range of products were new to the South African market and considered “non-standardised,” they decided to move forward with Agrément SA certification process. In June 2017, they were granted certificates of approval for both ranges. The Seaqual products that carry Agrément SA certification include WetFloor Drain, LoLoDrain, BalconyDrain and HyDrain. These products are considered fit for purpose when used and installed in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. These certifications can be viewed under the “active certificates” section on Agrément’s website: (https://agrement.co.za/active-certificates/)