Hatch Up

By: admin

11 February 2020

Did you know if a gas engineer cannot see your flue it could be classed as potentially dangerous?

If you live in a property that has a boiler with a flue which is hidden behind a ceiling or wall, then a Gas Safe registered engineer will be unable to inspect the appliance.

As the flue removes fumes from the boiler, it needs to be accessible for inspection. A blocked flue, or one in poor condition, could put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning (although being unable to access the flue doesn’t automatically mean that it is unsafe).

If this applies to a property you own or live in, then it’s a good idea to have inspection hatches fitted to access the flue.

During every gas safety certificate a gas engineer will check if the flue is visible, or accessible by hatches. The picture below illustrates that one of our clients did have hatches fitted and we discovered the flue was leaking. Can you imagine if the hatches were not in place? If could not see the leak it would of put the occupier in much danger, and could even result in death due to CO Poisoning. 

inspection hatches

If you think you need inspection hatches installed give us a call and we will be happy to help.

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