• If you live in rented accommodation and you have gas within the property, the law states that you must have a landlords gas safety inspection each year.

    The landlord or the agency will need to arrange this every year.

    What is a Landlords gas safety Inspection?

    A Landlords gas safety inspection is checking all gas appliances are working safely and pose no danger to you and your family.

    The first check is to make sure you have no gas leaks.

    This is carried out at the gas meter, the test is called a tightness test, and

    this will tell the gas safe registered engineer whether the gas within the property is safe or not.

    While at the gas meter the gas engineer will also check to make sure that

    earth bonding is attached to the gas supply,

    this is a very important check that sometimes gets missed.

    If you have gas central heating within the property, the boiler will also be checked over for the landlord’s gas safety, this will include checking the boiler flue route.

    If the flue is routed through voids or ceiling then inspection points should be available, for the engineer to check the flue pipes joints.

    This became law as of the first of January 2013.

    The next check on the boiler is the gas supply; I have seen so many times an incorrect gas supply to a boiler. 

    For some reason, I don’t know why people think oh that’s ok it’s a gas supply.

    You must have the correct volume of gas to the boiler, otherwise, it will not work as it was designed to, and also it could be dangerous.

    This check consist of a standing pressure, you are allowed a 1mb difference from the meter to the boiler.

    So you have 21mb at the meter, and 20mb at the boiler then that’s fine.

    Next test is turn on all gas appliances within the property, then set the boiler to run at full power.

    Take a reading at the boiler and if it drops down to 12mb or below then it’s shut down and makes safe.

    Depending on what part of the country you are in the reading should not drop below 18mb.

    Now you need to check the burner pressure of the boiler.

    Every boiler has a data plate on it; this will give you the correct burner pressure readings.

    If the burner pressure is low and cannot be increased, this is an indication that the gas supply pipe may be too small.

    Some of the new condensing boilers will not give you a burner pressure reading, as they are zero-rated.

    You would then need to carry out a gas rate of the boiler, this is done at the gas meter.

    Next check for the landlords gas safety inspection would be a combustion check of the boiler,

    This is done via the flue pipe, a flue gas analyzer probe is inserted into either the outside of the flue pipe or on the newer boilers they have a flue test point fitted.

    These readings would then be checked to make sure the boiler is burning as it should be.

    If there is a cooker or hob fitted within the property, then these would also be checked.

    With the hob, you would make sure it is fitted with a gas-cock that is accessible; then, check that that rings are burning evenly, and also that the hob is fitted securely.

    So many times I have seen them just sitting within the hole and not secured.

    With the cooker, you would check that it is secured with either a bracket or a chain.

    The rubber gas hose is then checked for any form of damage, also that the bayonet is fitted the correct way.

    Again check the burners are all working ok. 

    Check the distances around the cooker; again this is something that seems to get missed out.

    If a gas fire is installed within the property then this also has to be checked as part of the landlord gas safety inspection.

    The two main things we are looking for on a gas fire are the flue and enough ventilation.

    If the fire is over 7kw then it needs ventilation, if under 7kw no ventilation is required.

    The flue needs to be checked with a smoke pellet.

    While the pellet is burning we need to trace the route of the flue, checking for any leakage. 

    If the flue is leaking smoke will appear.

    Once the landlords gas safety inspection is complete a certificate is issued, any faults found will be noted on the certificate, normal practice is 30 days notice to rectify these faults.

    If the faults fall into the immediately dangerous category then a shut down of the appliance or the whole gas supply may be needed.

    A landlords gas safety inspection is not a service or maintenance, it’s what it is, just a gas safety inspection.