Commercial & Domestic Gas Safety Checks
Gas Safety inspections & record by registered Gas Safety Engineers
Gas Safety Checks For All Types Of Gas Appliances
Gas safety is nothing to joke about, but no one said it has to be difficult! Here at CGBS, we offer gas safety checks for all types of gas appliance, ranging from boiler gas safety inspections to catering equipment gas safety inspections. Our GSC service is carried out by the best gas engineers in London using meticulous procedures to ensure that all your gas appliances are working correctly and are safe to use. You wouldn’t drive a car without getting it serviced, so why should using gas appliances be any different? Our checks and inspections are quick and easy, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that everything’s in good working order. With your permission we can even send you an annual reminder about your gas safety inspection so you never forget when that special day is coming!
Although at CGBS we specialise in commercial properties and commercial gas safety inspections, we regularly take on domestic gas safety inspections, providing you with the gas safe record needed. Our gas engineers have decades of experience performing this exact level of service for landlords, home owners and business owners a like and will leave no stone unturned when it comes to your gas appliances. Don’t leave it to chance. Call us today and book your gas safety check. It’s an investment in your safety, and you won’t regret it.
What is a gas safety check and why do I need one?
In the UK all commercial property owners and landlords who rent part or all of a property are required by law (which was passed by government in 1996) to have all gas appliances and pipework checked and maintained annually, to ensure they meet the regulatory standards enforced by the Gas Safe Register. This is called a gas safety inspection and upon completion you will receive a gas safety record / certificate that will list all of the gas appliances on your property and their location. They will also detail any defects with gas appliances alongside the actions that have been taken or need to be taken to address the matters. You will also have to update your gas safety record if there has been a reported issue with gas related equipment that led to the gas being shut off as a result and it is also desirable to update when you are selling or remortgaging your property.
Who carries out the inspection?
Gas safety inspections can be carried out by any qualified gas engineers as long as they have the relevant qualifications to work on the gas appliances or systems in question and to perform the testing your appliances will need for the inspection. They will also need to be a current member of the Gas Safe Register as to work on any gas appliance this is a legal requirement.
What does the gas safety inspection entail?
The engineer arriving to your property will firstly locate all of the gas appliances and the meter/s on your property and note down what they are and their whereabouts. They should then perform a variety of tests relevant to the individual appliances to ensure they were installed properly and operating both safely and within the manufacturers defined parameters. Finally they should then conduct a tightness test to confirm that the boiler and pipes are retaining the right amount of pressure with no leaks within the system. After, if there is anything that isn’t up to industry standards they should address the problem in the correct manner or advise you on how to do so on a later date. All of this information will then be detailed on the gas safety record you will receive at the end of the inspection.
What is a CP12 & CP17?
A CP12 and CP17 are the gas safety records provided by the Gas Safe Register’s predecessor, CORGI. CORGI used to be the regulatory body of gas appliances and installations in the UK but have since been replaced by the Gas Safe Register; they still provide certificates to be used as valid gas safe records as do many different providers across the UK including CGBS ourselves. The main change is that these certificates now don’t have to be CORGI’s CP12 or CP17 but can be any gas safe record provided by a gas engineer on the Gas Safe Register with the relevant qualifications.
- Long-term lets such as flats, houses and shared accommodation.
- Schools, boarding schools and halls of residence.
- People who provide accommodation for live-in staff.
- Properties such as holiday lets, Airbnb, mobile homes or caravans.
- Anyone looking to sell or remortgage their home.
- Any commercial property.
Gas Safety Check FAQs
Your questions about gas safety checks answered
A gas safety check legally needs to be conducted annually if your property is leased or used for commercial purposes.
A gas safety check is an inspection of your gas appliances to assure they are in safe working order. The inspection will involve: locating and noting the whereabouts of the gas appliances, a check to ensure all appliances are operating as they should, a gas tightness test, checking standing and working pressure, taking high and low combustion rates, checking that ventilation is satisfactory, a visual inspection of the meter and plant room to ensure they are clear of combustibles, a visual inspection of the flue and a flue performance test.
If you are leasing your property or using it for commercial purposes and don’t have a gas safety inspection performed annually, you are committing a criminal offence and could face a penalty fine (which can be an unlimited amount) or even face a custodial sentence of up to 6 months.
It is not a legal requirement to provide a gas safety certificate if you are selling a property, although it is desirable. It is a legal requirement to provide the Building Regulations Compliance certificate for each gas appliance installed at a property.
No, radiators are not checked with a gas safety inspection as they are not essentially a gas appliance. Radiators can be checked upon request from a client but this will come at an extra charge, which will vary depending on the amount of radiators and work involved.
To qualify for a free gas safety check you need to be the owner of a property, be over the age to receive a pension or be in receipt of a council tax benefit or housing benefit. Your energy supplier is the company that will provide the free gas safety check, so contact your supplier for more details.