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Gas Safety Inspection FAQs

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GAS INSPECTION AND A SERVICE? A gas inspection tests all of the appliances in your home for safe operation, your gas pipework will be checked for leaks, and any faults or defects will be recorded and brought to your attention. A gas appliance service is a much more in depth job, and varies between appliances. A service usually involves removing and cleaning components, carrying out adjustments to air/gas ratios, and carrying out preventative maintenance. WHAT HAPPENS IF MY GAS APPLIANCES ARE UNSAFE? If dangerous faults are identified, depending on the level of danger they present, we are duty bound to take appropriate action with the property owner's consent. This either involves issuing a warning/advice notice, isolating the appliance with the gas user's permission, or applying a "Danger, Do Not Use" sticker.

IS A GAS SAFETY INSPECTION A LEGAL REQUIREMENT? If you are a landlord, yes. It is a legal requirement for landlords to ensure a gas safety inspection is carried out every 12 months. Once the check has been completed, landlords then have 28 days to issue a copy of the certificate to the tenants. If any new tenants move in to the property, a copy of the gas safety record must be issued to them. GAS SAFETY RECORD OR BUILDING REGULATIONS COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE? A Building Regulations Compliance Certificate is issued when Gas Safe registered engineer installs a heat producing gas appliance in your property. It’s effectively a way of informing the Local Authority of the new appliance. A Gas Safety Record is the documentation an engineer leaves after servicing or safety checking an appliance or installation. This is usually the document requested by solicitors when buying a new property




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