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Gas, oil and plumbing guidelines

If you are carrying out any general plumbing DIY work it is important to carry out all work safely with the correct tools, knowledge and working environment. With gas and oil appliances you are not advised and indeed it against the law to work on these appliances or boilers. However it is still important to know certain guidelines when working around a gas or oil appliance or for general safety knowledge.

 

Plumbing guidelines

 

Not all jobs require the services of a plumber and depending on your ability and competence at general DIY there are many jobs that you could undertake around your home concerning plumbing.

 

Checklist for competent plumbing DIY work

  • plumbing guidelinesMake sure you understand the job at hand (read DIY guides)
  • Make sure you have the right tool for the right job
  • Ensure that you are working in a safe environment- free from distractions, children, pets, etc
  • Make sure you know where any stopcocks, mains valve and any other isolating valves are located before you commence work
  • Allow enough time to finish the job
  • Ensure you have help available if required
  • Always follow any regulations that may apply

Whether you are carrying out repairs or improvements by yourself or employing a trained plumber, certain plumbing work does fall under legal or advisory regulations, some of these are:

• Water Regulations Advisory scheme - Scheme to promote knowledge with water regulations

 

 

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Gas and oil guidelines

 

When working on gas or oil appliances, boilers and oil tanks there is no flexibility in terms of who can work on them. Gas Safe (for gas) or Oftec (for oil) engineers are the only people who can work on these appliances by law. If you are working near these appliances or notice a fault some basic information could prove beneficial and offer a safer working environment.

 

gas and oil guidelinesGeneral checklist for gas or oil equipment

  • Locate any gas isolation valves and mains shut off valve (if applicable)
  • Locate any oil fire valves and isolation valves (if applicable)
  • If you smell oil or gas turn appliance / isolation valve off and contact Transco for gas and Oftec for your nearest Oftec engineer
  • Keep oil spillage kits close by (if applicable)
  • Ensure adequate ventilation is adhered to by making sure airflow is free flowing around the appliance or boiler at all times. Also make sure any flues or air vents are not obstructed by vegetation or any other objects
  • For LPG appliances make sure the outside gas cylinders are securely installed, this is especially important for mobile homes
  • Also for LPG, make sure all of your gas cylinders are stored in a secure and safe environment clear from combustible material, flammable sources, etc
  • Keep emergency numbers at hand

 

Links for further reading

• Gas Safe- Gas safety for homeowners, tenants and Landlords
• Oftec - Regulations for oil tanks and appliances
• Health and Safety Executive- Gas safety regulations

 

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