Flues in Voids

Flues in Voids – Gas Safe Regulations

The boiler Flues in Voids are connected to room-sealed fan assisted boilers. If you live in one of these properties then read on for more information so you will know what to do.

Properties that are flats and apartments have been built with boiler flues that cannot be inspected as they are hidden behind walls or ceilings.

All gas safety registered engineers croydon need to be able to see the flue. It is compulsory to carry out essential safety checks on the flue whenever the boiler is worked on.  A flue in poor condition, combined with a boiler that isn’t working properly could essentially put you and everyone in the properties in serious danger from carbon monoxide poisoning. This can cause serious injury or even death.

If your boiler is situated on an outside wall of the property, it’s unlikely you will have this type of flue. What this mean is that if your engineers can see the flue, you won’t need to take any further action in relation to this matter.

On the other side, if you do have a boiler where all, or part of, the flue cannot be seen, you or the properties management will need to arrange an inspection hatches to be fitted. This does not mean that the flue system is suddenly unsafe.  Carbon monoxide alarms are not an alternative to be able see the flue and you will still need to have inspection hatches fitted.

The guideline issued by Gas Safe Register recommends that all gas inspection hatches being fitted be a minimum of 300mm x 300mm and when possible should be installed within 1.5 meter of any joints/bends.  Please not that this is not always practical in all properties and if that the case then the engineers will make sure to advise you of the best possible solutions for your home requirements.

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Flues in Voids

Flues In Voids

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.

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