Hassle Free Boilers supports gas safety week and this week we will be posting news and information that you will find helpful and may even save you money and more importantly your life.
We start with Rachel, her story brings to light the importance of ensuring any gas work is undertaken by the correct and qualified people.
Rachel Broad and Ian Fellows employed an unregistered gas fitter, for the removal of a boiler from a downstairs toilet, installation of new gas boiler in an upstairs children’s bedroom/playroom, and the installation of a duel fuel cooker in the kitchen as part of building work involving the extension of the property. These appliances also involved the installation of gas pipework. Lee Lawrence from Amber Plumbing Solutions was using the Gas Safe Register logo on its website and business cards falsely claiming to be registered.
Once installed, the boiler and the cooker started leaking. With the boiler not running for long before shutting down, and being smelly and noisy, Rachel and Ian stopped using it and were made to install ventilation into the room due to the smell. A registered engineer was then called to make the property safe and provide a statement of the gas work that had been carried out.
It was found that the flue to the gas boiler was unsafely connected; the gas connection to the fuel cooker was also poor, with faulty connections all over the appliances. The registered engineer classified the gas work in accordance with the Gas Industry Unsafe situations procedure as ‘immediately dangerous’. The boiler and cooker were condemned, resulting in electrics being left undone, with very little electricity throughout the downstairs of the house. The estimated total cost of the building work including the gas work is £50,000 to £60,000.
The home owners who were looking to sell the house are no longer able to do so. The unregistered gas fitter has since been charged with a 6 month prison sentence, 12 month suspension, 180 hours of community service, £5,400 compensation, and £2,385.
If you’re carrying out home improvement, no matter how big or small, find out if it will involve gas work or impact on your existing gas appliances.