Your gas safety questions answered

Posted in Plumbing | Regulations & Practise
Published on December 11, 2018

Gas safety questions

At Kiasu Workforce, we offer a whole range of boiler services, including surveys and inspections, repairs, system upgrades, installations, offering a 24/7 emergency service with our team of Gas Safe engineers. Here, we’ve answered some of the common questions and concerns our customers have regarding gas safety to ensure you know how to identify and deal with any issues and to take a proactive stance to protect you, your home, and your family.

How do I know if my boiler needs replaced?

In general, gas boilers last up to around 15 years old. If yours is approaching that age you should already be considering replacing it. As boilers get older, wear and tear makes them less efficient, making repairs more costly and malfunctions more likely. Annual services can help them last longer and help you get a good idea of when, exactly, it’s time to replace it.

How do I identify a carbon monoxide leak?

One of the most prevalent and serious risks regarding boiler malfunctions is the leak of carbon monoxide, also known as CO. This colourless gas is not only extremely flammable but also causes carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be extremely detrimental to your health and even fatal. It can be produced by space heaters, gas stoves, boilers, heats and even refrigerators. Installing a carbon monoxide detector, testing it frequently, and ensuring it is using fully charged batteries is the best way to know whether or not you have a leak in the home.

What do I do in the event of a leak?

If you have a carbon monoxide leak in the home, stop using all fuel-burning appliances in the home and turn them off if possible before leaving the home. Call the emergency services to inform them, as well as calling appliance servicing agencies like KiasuWorkforce so they can find and correct the source of the leak.

What should I do if I suspect I have carbon monoxide poisoning?

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal, so it’s important to act quickly. Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, tiredness, and loss of consciousness. If you suspect you or anyone else has carbon monoxide poisoning, follow the same steps you would take in the event of a leak. Visit your doctor for a breath and blood test for CO presence as soon as you can, too.

How often should I have my gas boiler serviced?

In order to prevent gas and carbon monoxide leaks, it’s best to have your boiler inspected and serviced every year by a qualified Gas Safe engineer. They can identify any potential issues as well as awarding your gas systems the right certification if they are safe. Preventative servicing and inspections are the only way to ensure all the appliances in the home are safe.

If you have any other particular concerns about your gas boiler or appliances, don’t hesitate to get in touch with KiasuWorkforce at 0208 988 1662. Our team is equipped to help you with any potential boiler problems you might have.