If you’re looking to rent out a house or property then there are certain documentations such as certificates that you’ll need to obtain beforehand. One of these certificates are “Gas Safety Certificates”. You’ll need to have your property checked and made sure that it’s safe to live and be in. At 1-2-1 Plumbers we offer this service and will happily carry through the necessary checks before identifying whether any work needs to be done or whether you are all set to go.
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 law, it is the responsibility of the landlord to get a Gas Safe Registered engineer like ourselves to inspect all pipe work, flues installed, and gas appliances in your property. This safety check has to be carried out every 12 months, however it’s always best to do the same between tenants to make sure no problems have occurred since the previous tenants were living in your property. Seeing as this document is important and can play a big role if ever any legal problems were to rise, it’s crucial that you keep a copy for yourself.
What to expect
For new landlords you may be wondering what to expect when a gas safety check is carried through. Below we’ve listed the various checks that will be seen to upon inspection. 1-2-1 Plumbers are always ready and willing to take on this responsibility, and we’re also available to provide any knowledge and advice if needed. Seeing as the certificate is needed by law, making sure you use a reputable company such as ourselves is the only way to cover yourself. Feel free to give us a call for any questions and inquiries and we’ll happily run you through the procedure and what you can expect.
- Your gas appliances will be checked for gas tightness.
- If test points are available, standing and working pressure will be tested.
- Your Gas Safe engineer will check burner pressure and gas rate against the manufacturers data plate.
- Checks will be carried out for the provision of all necessary ventilation.
- Flue flow will be tested to make sure products of combustion are removed.
- All flame failure devices will be checked for satisfactory operation.
- Where appropriate checks will be made for physical stability, presence and effectiveness of stability brackets.
- Investigations for any evidence of unsafe operation will be made and reported.
Failing to complete the above checks on all gas appliances means you can’t be issued a Gas Safety Certificate. While we can assure our customers that all the above will be seen to, depending on the circumstances of your gas appliances, some many need work done to prior to you obtaining the certificate.
For any other questions and inquiries, please feel free to give us a ring. Our team will happily speak to you over the phone before arranging to meet you at your property. 1-2-1 Plumbers offers quality services and reasonable rates giving you the peace of mind that you’re getting your money’s worth. While these check may sound a hassle for some, always keep in mind that the certificate is required by law, and failing to obtain one could end up with you suffering from pricey fines and possible legal action.