You should always make sure that the engineer you use to do gas work on your house or business property is fully registered and has the relevant experience to ensure the work is carried out safely and to the required standard.
Sadly, however, this isn’t always the case so you do need to be careful about who you hire and carry out due diligence on the company so you know they’re reputable. A new investigation from Which? has found that boiler servicing engineers do seem to be cutting corners, which is putting people’s lives at risk.
The probe found that four out of ten engineers investigated failed to fix the gas pressure that had been set too high deliberately, while one made up test results and another falsely claimed to have looked at the radiators and hot water storage cylinder.
“A good boiler service should last at least 30 minutes. So if it’s shorter, ask why. Ask for a written report and check it is accurately filled out and includes the engineer’s full name. If you have any concerns, contact the Gas Safe Register,” Which? advised.
This comes as Gas Safe Register also found that Brits are apparently far too trusting where tradesmen are concerned and are happy to employ people based on their behaviour and their appearance, rather than the skills and qualifications they have in place to do the job in question.
The study found that one in four admit they decide whether a person is trustworthy or not within five minutes of meeting them, with people looking for good eye contact, a nice smile, good clothing and politeness when deciding who to trust.
While seven out of ten did say they look for ID cards stating how competent a tradesman is, Gas Safe Register figures show that just one-third of people would check to see if the engineer they’ve hired is safe, qualified and legal.
Gas Safety Week has just come to an end (September 19th-25th), so there’s no better time like the present than to increase your awareness about how you can keep your family safe if you have gas appliances in the home.
It’s important to remember that such appliances can be very risky indeed, with gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning always an issue when it comes to products like boilers. You should always make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed at home so that if there is a gas leak you’re alerted to the fact and can take action straightaway.
Carbon monoxide isn’t known as the silent killer for nothing – the gas is incredibly difficult to detect without an alarm and you can be quickly overcome if there is a leak so make sure you take steps to protect yourself today if you haven’t already.
Do you need boiler repairs in Barnsley? Get in touch with us at Home Services Assistance today.