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Can You Smell Gas?

Don’t turn light switches on or off, don't use doorbells, mobile phones or any other electrical switches which could cause a spark. Open doors and windows. Check if a pilot light has gone out. If any gas appliances have been left on, turn them off. If the pilot light is still on and your gas appliances are all off, there may be a gas escape. Turn off the gas at the mains, which is usually a lever near the meter. Don’t smoke, light a match or use any other naked flame. Phone the National Gas Emergencies number immediately on 0800 111 999.  Only use a mobile phone from outside the property. If your gas mains tap is in an outside meter box, make sure you know where the key is.  If you don’t already have a key, phone us on 0800 0807 24 7

When I turn on my heating it doesnt get as hot as it once did before and it was fine before the plumber serviced it

There could be a very simple solution to this. It may be as simple as hes turned the thermostat down on the boiler during the service and not turned it back to where it was previously set. Just turn the thermostat up a little bit and see if that makes a difference

I am thinking of having a new fire put in and ive been told by someone at the pub that its not possible to put the gas pipe under the concrete floor. Is this true?

No this isnt true. It can be done as long as you take the necessary precautions and use suitable materials. These are the regulations regarding laying pipe in solid floors:

Section 7(3) No person shall install a gas fitting in a position where it is likely to be exposed to any substance which may corrode gas fittings unless the fitting is constructed of materials which are inherently resistant to being so corroded or it is suitably protected against being so corroded. 
Enclosed pipes
19.—(1) No person shall install any part of any installation pipework in a wall or a floor or standing of solid construction unless it is so constructed and installed as to be protected against failure caused by the movement of the wall, the floor or the standing as the case may be.

(2) No person shall install any installation pipework so as to pass through a wall or a floor or standing of solid construction (whether or not it contains any cavity) from one side to the other unless—

(a)any part of the pipe within such wall, floor or standing as the case may be takes the shortest practicable route; and

(b)adequate means are provided to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any escape of gas from the pipework passing through the wall, floor or standing from entering any cavity in the wall, floor or standing.

Ideally the gas pipes should be protected by a suitable method such as a plastic sleeve and have a 25 mm gap from the top of the pipe to the top of the screed.

My radiators arent warming up properly, theyre hot at the bottom and cold at the top.

This is perhaps the simplest and most common problem to fix. It just means that there is air trapped in your radiator, which stops the hot water from circulating around the radiator effectively. In order to get that air out you have to bleed the radiator.


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