The cost of electricity is rising unpredictably in many areas coupled with the increased strain on the grid and the inability of customers to manage power cuts. As a result, many modern homes and businesses are using gas boilers either for hot baths and showers or heating rooms.
However, piped gas can be extremely dangerous if installed incorrectly. Following this, it is important to be aware of the specific regulations that you must comply with if you are considering installing gas equipment in your home or business. Furthermore, when gas installation is done legally, the homeowner keeps the insurance policy valid.
Gas installation regulations
The law requires the installation in South Africa to be done in accordance with SANS 10087-1:2013. This regulation guides you on how to locate your gas containers. It only requires you to hire a registered gas safe engineer for the installation process as well as for any subsequent modifications or repair. Never do gas installations or appliances work for yourself, if you are not a licensed gas fitter. For the qualified installer to install the gas container, he or she should first ensure that it is complete with all associated appliances and equipment. The registered gas installer should compile with all the SANS 10087-1 procedure. For instance, he or she should locate each gas container in an upright position ensuring that the valve is at the uppermost – please check this!
For any new gas installation work, ensure that you receive a certificate of compliance (C.O.C) from the gas installer and that he or she sends a copy to your local authority. This C.O.C. certificate is necessary for Insurance, and thus you must keep it safe. You must have it in case you have an insurance claim. In addition, you need the C.O.C when you need to sell your property. Fortunately, you do not need a C.O.C certificate for any maintenance work necessary in future.