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Commercial Gas Installation: 10 Frequently Asked Questions

The process of appointing a company to carry out commercial gas services can seem to be complicated. It’s important to understand exactly what type of work is required, and also what your safety and legal responsibilities are with regard to gas installation. Here are some frequently asked questions that will help you to make the right decision. 

What work will a commercial gas company carry out?

A professional commercial gas company will carry out all aspects of gas supply solutions for businesses, including pipe sizing, design, installation and commissioning. They can fit out and repair plant rooms and can provide prefabricated pipework. They can also carry out gas testing and purging, and gas surveys.

Full installation of commercial boilers for natural gas, steam, and liquified petroleum gas heating systems is provided, including pipes values, meters, and regulators. The company will also provide decommissioning gas pipework services and pre planned maintenance services.

What preparation work is required for commercial gas installation?

The planning stages are vital to ensure that the work is carried out and costed correctly and safely. The first stage will be a site survey to assess the size and layout of the property and the suitable locations for the pipes, meters, ventilation and so on to be installed.  

The next stage will be to obtain any necessary permits and approvals from the local authority and to liaise with the other utility providers. The required materials and equipment for the work will then be obtained and a schedule for completion will be drawn up. Finally, a risk assessment will be carried out to identify any risks and potential hazards.

What is a gas purging & gas tightness test?

Purging is carried out to flush out any oxygen from the pipes after installation or major works, or if the plant room is being decommissioned. A gas tightness is carried out before purging to test the integrity of the pipework, and also during routine inspections to ensure there are no leaks.

What is a Commercial Gas Safety Certificate?

A Commercial Gas Safety Certificate is legally required in the UK for commercial business, as stipulated in the Commercial Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 2018. The certificate must be issued by a registered gas engineer and be renewed every 12 months. 

This is to ensure that gas equipment is maintained and installed correctly, and to minimise the risk of fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning. As well as being a legal and safety requirement, most insurance companies will require commercial property owners to have a valid gas safety certificate as part of their terms and conditions. 

There are several types of commercial gas safety certificate, including the following: Gas Safety Inspection Certificate (CP17), Gas Installation Safety Report (CP16), Gas Appliance Service Record (CP42), Commercial Catering Inspection Certificate (CP42), and Gas Emergency Service Provider Report (CP22).

Your gas engineer and insurers should be able to provide detailed information about which certificates your business requires and what is covered.

How is commercial gas installation work costed?

There are several factors that will influence the cost of gas installation work. The major ones are the size and complexity of the commercial property, and also the distance from the network connection. Larger properties with many rooms, storeys, or a large amount of equipment will require more comprehensive systems with higher costs.

The distance from the network connection also influences the cost and complexity of the installation. The closer the property is to existing infrastructure, the easier and less costly the installation will be. Other factors that will affect the cost include the number of appliances required and if there’s an existing infrastructure.

What is the meter point reference number?

The meter reference point number is a unique 6-11 digit number that contains no letters and is used to identify individual gas supply points. It’s provided by the gas supplier to ensure an accurate reference point when contacting customers and to track and monitor services.

How do you know who owns the pipes?

Gas pipes in a commercial setting are usually the property of the building owner, which could be the business or landlord. They will have responsibility for the safety and maintenance of the pipes, although everyone who uses the building should be aware of gas safety and report any issues immediately. 

How can you check if gas is available in your area?

The simplest way to check if gas is available in your area is to ask your nearest neighbours. You can also ask a registered gas engineer to make an assessment.

How do you choose the best commercial gas engineers for your project? 

Always choose a company who is on the Gas Safe Register, and ask for local recommendations and references. 

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