Whether you’re having a new gas appliance fitted, buying a new home or have lived in your home for many years with gas appliances, you need to be aware of gas safety and the importance of regular checks by a qualified technician.
Gas leaks can occur from faulty appliances or pipework and can lead to fires, explosions or even carbon monoxide poisoning. This can all be avoided by having a qualified gas safe technician install and regularly check your gas appliances for signs of erosion.
Hire a Professional Gas Fitter
Always check your gas fitter is a registered, experienced technician. Professionals will have all the tools and know-how to install and maintain your gas fittings, avoiding a potential disaster.
Get Your Appliances Checked
It’s recommended to have your gas appliances serviced annually and it’s a great idea to have your pipework inspected at the same time. Your gas safety technician should be able to offer you a maintenance plan that suits you, with a reminder when your service is due.
Buying a New Home?
When buying a new home, ask your vendor for the gas safety record of the property which should show the past maintenance plan. If they cannot produce any evidence of checks on the gas pipework or gas appliances, you should contact a registered technician immediately to carry out these checks before you move in.
Check Ventilation Bricks/Grills Are Not Blocked
Alongside checking your appliances and pipes are safe, regularly check your ventilation grills and bricks are not obstructed. A buildup of debris can cause these to not vent efficiently and may need to be cleaned out.
Fit a Carbon Monoxide Detector
A carbon monoxide detector could be the difference between you getting away from a gas leak in time or being overcome by the deadly fumes. You cannot see, smell or taste the fumes but carbon monoxide can kill in a matter of hours! Alongside your gas appliance checks, make sure your technician checks that your detector is in full working order.
Having a regular gas safety maintenance plan could possibly save yours and your family’s life one day. Gas appliances and heating systems are some of the most reliable systems in your home, but still need regular upkeep to ensure they are in tip top condition.
Get in touch with highly skilled and reliable plumbers, Bell Plumbing team today on 07 3354 3300 for the fitting/repair and maintenance of any gas appliances in your home.