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    What does a gas safety inspection for mobile homes involve?

    Gas safety inspections for mobile homes.

    They are there to ensure all of the gas appliances within the mobile home are operating safely and correctly.

    An LPG gas safety check should be carried out annually by a Gas Safe Registered engineer who must be registered to work on LPG appliances.

    This inspection tends to get overlooked until something happens.

    So What’s involved?

    A gas safety inspection involves a thorough check-over of any gas appliances within your mobile home.

    It includes the gas pipework, the appliance flues, and the ventilation requirements for the appliance. 

    We start the inspection first by carrying out a gas tightness test, this will tell us if any gas leaks are present.

    Some mobile homes do not have a test point, so we will test from an appliance if possible.

    If we cannot find a test point, we will cut one into the pipe work with the mobile home owner’s permission.

    If the tightness test fails, we will search for the leak and rectify it before moving on.

    Most modern LPG changeover valves will have a test point built-in.

    Now we ensure the gas appliances are all operating, at the correct gas pressure. 

    Appliance gas pressures are very important, it forms part of the gas safety inspection.

    It ensures the appliances are not under-gased, as, this could lead to problems.

    An under-gassed appliance could, in theory, go out while working if something like a boiler fires up to heat the water.

    The boiler requires a heavy load of gas when firing up, which could pull the gas from an under-gassed appliance.

    When the boiler shuts down, gas is then restored to the appliance.

    But it may have gone out, and now the appliance is leaking gas into the room.

    For appliances that require an adequate air supply, such as water heaters and fires, we will check the ventilation grill is enough and not blocked off.

    We see so many ventilation grills blocked off when we carry out the gas safety inspections for mobile homes.

    People do not realise the ventilation grills are there for a reason, and blocking them off, could be putting lives at risk.

    Any gas appliance, that has a flame, needs oxygen to work safely that’s why ventilation grills are fitted.

    Room sealed appliances get the oxygen needed through a flue pipe which, if you check, is a two-pipe system, the outer pipe, takes in oxygen and the inner pipe, exits the products of combustion.

    We check any flues and chimneys and ensure they are clear of any debris and safe.

    Flues and chimneys remove the products of combustion from the appliance, a partly blocked flue or chimney could become dangerous.

    The LPG gas bottles will be inspected, this is, to ensure that they are secured to the property correctly.

    No gas bottles are allowed to be stored inside the mobile home again, we see this quite often.

    We will examine the pigtails (Hose pipes connecting to the gas bottles) for any sign of damage, pigtails have a date stamp which tells us the date of manufacture.

    Pigtails should be replaced every five years sooner if they show any signs of deterioration.

    The changeover valve should be replaced every ten years, sooner if it shows signs of wear.

    When replacing changeover valves, they must now incorporate an OPSO ( Overpressure Shut off ) by law.

    If you search for a changeover valve, you will see many on sale without OPSO built in these, must not be used.

    Gas regulations state that when replacing a changeover valve, it must now incorporate an OPSO.

    If you decide to replace yourself without an OPSO, your mobile home insurance will be void.

    What if I don’t get my appliances checked?

    You could be putting yourself at risk without even knowing about it.

    How do you know if your gas appliances are working safely? 

    The truth is you don’t know.

    Just like a car, it may be working fine, then six months later, something happens, and the car still works, but you know something is not right.

    Gas appliances are the same over time things happen.

    This can be very dangerous for you and your family, even a visiting friend.

    A dangerous gas appliance can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which, as we all know, can be very dangerous.

    Carbon monoxide

    Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless, tasteless and highly poisonous gas.

    It is vital to have proper protection from this invisible killer.

    Installing combined smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your mobile home could save a life.

    The likes of B&Q and Screwfix sell them for around £20-25

    The symptoms are like having flu but can lead to death. 

    Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

    The young and the old are at particular risk. 

    You will not know if you are exposed to Carbon Monoxide as it is colourless, odourless and tasteless.

    The symptoms often get overlooked, and the only sure means of diagnosis is to have a blood test.

    I hope you can see from reading this article that gas safety inspections for mobile homes are an essential part of your safety and should not be overlooked.

    Gas Safety Inspections For Mobile Homes can save lives.