Constructing a new home is quite challenging. From laying a strong consideration to choosing eco-friendly and safe fittings and fixtures, it comes along with a huge list of considerations.
All of us wish to make our house a safe place to live. Unfortunately, some people do not take appropriate steps to ensure gas safety, which may result in huge losses later on.
So, if you are planning to construct a new home, make sure to check the gas safety.
1. Obtain New Build Gas Certificate
Gas safety is essential when constructing a new home. Some countries require a New Build Gas Certificate before you begin construction.
Therefore, when you are building your house, hire a gas safety engineer to come and inspect your property to ensure all the fixings and fixtures are in line with gas safety guidelines.
2. Check Gas Appliances
After you have constructed your home and installed the appliances, get a gas safety inspection yearly. After inspecting the property, the engineer will issue a gas certificate which will be evidence that all your appliances are working properly.
At times, the old appliances cause minute leakage. People living in the house are unable to detect this leakage, but an engineer is qualified enough to find it out. Even if the leakage is less, it can cause major health issues.
Here are some additional tips:
- Air vents in gas appliances are given for safe working. Therefore, never block them.
- Never fix or remove a gas appliance. Only a technician can do it.
- Check that the contractor is well-qualified. Breakage of the gas pipeline during construction is common. However, an experienced person can construct a house without damaging the pipelines.
3. Checking the Subcontractors
Here are a few tips that will help you when dealing with a subcontractor for house improvement:
- Understand the entire process and see if there is any work related to gas. If yes, double-check that the work will be done by a gas engineer.
- In case of fitting a new appliance, the engineer should arrange a compliance certificate by contacting the local authority.
Home Construction Activities that can Affect Gas Pipelines
Even if you take extra care about gas safety, some activities may have an indirect impact on it. These activities include:
- Roof Work
Roof work can sometimes result in breakage of flues. Make sure that the flues, as well as the chimneys, are not broken or removed. Also, there should be an appropriate distance from the chimneys and flues to the openings and windows. You can check this distance from the guidelines given by your manufacturer.
- External Cladding
If chimneys, flues, and vents are mandatory for your gas appliances to function properly, be sure that they are not removed during external cladding. Even a little damage can make a difference.
If this activity involves installing or replacing the gas appliances, make sure to call a registered engineer.
Other house construction activities that might impact gas safety are plumbing, scaffolding, a new conservatory, replacing air vents, etc. Most of the countries have legal policies for dealing with maintenance staff, constructors, and cladding installers. These people are obliged to follow the procedure that is safe in terms of gas safety. Otherwise, they are given legal punishment.
4. Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Gas leakage can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. It happens when the gas is not burnt properly. Additionally, when the gas is leaking, and ventilation is not enough, carbon monoxide leaves harmful impacts on the residents.
Therefore, contractors should make sure that the room where gas appliances are present is fully ventilated. Leakage of carbon monoxide happens in three situations:
- Lack of ventilation
- Inappropriate fitting of gas appliances
- Blockage of a chimney or flue
5. Steps that Construction Workers Should Take when Working near Gas Pipelines
In most cases, construction workers have no clue where the gas pipeline is located. Sometimes, the pipelines are hidden under the floor. They are also located inside the walls. Therefore, workers should know the exact location before starting the process. It will help them in drilling and maintaining appropriate distance from the pipeline. Here are a few important steps:
- Take consent from the gas authorities before starting the work
- Ask them for the exact location of the pipeline
- Read all the legal obligations related to gas safety before starting your work
- Make sure that the construction vehicles like mechanical excavators and other construction tools should be used with proper care. You cannot use a mechanical excavator near the gas pipeline as it can result in a gas pipeline explosion.
All in all, we should take appropriate measures for gas safety during house construction. Since construction work involves drilling, mining, plumbing, and various other activities, the safety of the gas pipeline is imperative.
Besides this, make sure that the installation or replacement of gas appliances is done only by a registered gas engineer. An incompetent person may not properly fit the appliances. Consequently, you will bear the harmful effects of gas leakage.
Gas safety is essential for your family and also for the workers constructing your home. So, never miss any point and go through the legal guidelines before constructing your house.