Commercial Heating Engineers Must Inspect Your Gas Pipework Every Five Years
The gas mains and service infrastructure belongs to the gas network company, so it is in charge of their maintenance. Are you aware, though, that the maintenance of gas outlet pipework in your property is your responsibility?
Keeping in mind that you’re in charge of the outlet pipework, no matter what kind it is (cast iron, copper, steel above ground, or MDPE underground plastic), you have to arrange for its full inspection at least every five years. Some people prefer not to take their chances and so they choose to have it done annually.
Inspection has to be done by commercial heating engineers to ensure that your gas pipework continues to be up to code, meeting all pertinent health and safety standards. The right professionals will also know how to mitigate resulting disruptions to your regular operations.
It’s important to keep your pipework well-maintained as any damage will disrupt service and may even put lives at risk. Regular inspection is an integral part of maintenance. Commercial heating engineers can come over to see if the pipework has been compromised by any of various possible reasons, including corrosion, building layout changes, additional pipework, additional building sections, and even simple neglect.
Photographic evidence is often gathered to better assess the pipework’s integrity. A detailed inspection usually involves seeking out unsecure joints, incorrectly hung pipes, brittle portions (for plastic pipes), and gas leaks, of course.
Gas tightness testing is actually something that should take place regularly as per the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, which states, “It shall be the duty of every employer and self-employed person to ensure that any gas appliance or installation pipework installed at any place of work under his control is maintained in a safe condition so as to prevent risk of injury to any person.”
Regular gas tightness testing will not only make you compliant with the law, but will also ensure safety from gas leaks and efficiency in your gas distribution system so that you won’t be inconvenienced by disruptions in service. It typically involves a full examination and leaking detection through pressure testing from the main meter all the way to the different appliance areas.
After an inspection, you can expect to be provided with a report of findings as well as advice on recommended and necessary remedial action to make sure that your gas pipework complies with all the pertinent health and safety as well as legal and commercial requirements.
To arrange a Gas Tightness Test for your building, please call Techniheat’s heating engineers on 0161 427 0541.