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  • LPG Gas Leak
    LPG Gas Leak Isolation valve

    If you think you have an LPG gas leak, 

    You must call in an LPG Gas Safe Registered engineer as soon as possible. 

    Whatever you do, don’t leave it.

    Isolated the gas supply at the bottles, if you have a storage tank the isolation valve where the gas pipe enters your property.

    When searching for an LPG engineer look on the gas safe register, you will find their details on Google.

    Ensure the engineer is registered to work on LPG.

    If they are only registered to work on the natural gas, they cannot work on any LPG at all.

    One of the most common LPG gas leak problems we encounter is the gas hob.

    The leak is normally where the gas pipe connects to the hob itself. 

    Most hobs are supplied with an elbow that connects to the hob on one side and the pipework the other.

    They should come with a fibre washer that is inserted into the fitting where it connects to the hob.

    Most registered gas engineers will know this.

    But the do it yourselves tend to miss this out, thus gas leak.

    For some reason, people that use LPG as an alternative gas, think they can do the work themselves and don’t need a gas engineer.

    The truth of the matters is that they are breaking all the gas rules and regulation, and could be prosecuted should something happen.

    Be it LPG or natural gas. 

    Anyone working with gas must be gas safe registered, that’s the law.

    Insurance companies will not pay out if you make a claim related to a gas problem.

    Should they find out the work was not carried out by a registered installer?

    We have been called out many times to gas leaks in the past, both LPG and natural gas.

    The most common leak we find is the hob. 

    Just recently we attended a job with a smell of gas in the kitchen.

    The gas was LPG and as soon as we entered the kitchen we could smell it.

    LPG has a distinctive smell about it and tends to linger around.

    When checking over the pipework you could see that it was the work of a do it yourself person.

    Our customer told us that the installer said he was registered, but they did not see his gas safe card. 

    Very important to see the engineers card.

    They tried to get him to come back to rectify the problem but was told he had moved away and could not come back.

    All the pipe connections were made with PTFE tape and no threading paste.

    Any pipework that goes through walls must be sleeved, this had no sleeve at all.

     In fact, where he pushed the pipe through the wall

    , it crushed the pipe.

    Everything was removed and we started again. 

    Once all the work was completed we carried out a tightness test which proved all ok.

    We purge the gas through to the appliances tested everything to ensure they were working, then carried out another tightness test.

    When the tightness test was carried out we got the customer to verify that no leaks were present.

    So if you think you may have an LPG gas leak, be safe and call in the experts.

    Stay Safe.