As of December this year (2012) ALL flues that are enclosed and boxed in (i.e. non-visible) will, by law, have to have a Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted as well as an Inspection hatch. Due to technological advances, boilers have been able to be placed in a wide variety of positions. No longer have they had to be placed on an outside wall. In flats and apartments where space can sometimes be limited, it has suited the installer, not to use an outside wall or it hasn’t been possible to place it on an outside wall. This has meant that the boiler is sometimes in a place that is not possible for the flue to be inspected to ensure that it is correctly fitted and safe.
Gas engineers are required to be able to see the flue in order to inspect it. In many cases, this will not be possible and therefore, the law will specify that a hatch must be fitted. From 1st January 2013, if the gas engineer is unable to view the entire length of your flue, you will be advised that your installation will be classed as “At Risk” or “Immediately Dangerous”, and you will be asked for your permission to have it turned off. Having your boiler serviced and a carbon monoxide alarm fitted will only be allowed as a short-term fix until an inspection hatch has been installed. There is no other alternative but for a hatch to allow access to the flue.
So if you have an enclosed flue in a void, your boiler may immediately be classed as dangerous and will have to be shut off until a Carbon Monoxide alarm and hatches are fitted. Do not take the risk of not being allowed hot water or heating, have a gas safety test done as soon as possible by a friendly and professional LHPS engineer to establish the integrity and safety of your boiler flue.
For further information, advice or to book an appointment to have an inspection carried out on your system, please call us on 020 8664 9099.