Since 1 January 2013, if you have a concealed flue any registered gas engineer will turn the boiler off, with your permission, and formally advise you not to use it until inspection hatches have been fitted in appropriate places.  As of January 1st, 2013 the rules relating to flues in voids changed.  All engineers inspecting your central heating system must be able to inspect your flue as a flue in poor condition, combined with a boiler that is not working properly, could put you, your family and other residents in danger from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which can serious injury or even death.  Hence the need to be able to inspect it!blond telephone receptionist

Gas engineers have to ensure that you are safe when your appliance is in operation and part of the procedure for ensuring your safety, is an inspection of the flue. When we cannot see the flue, or have no idea where it goes; we obviously cannot ensure your safety as we cannot inspect the integrity or suitability of the flue and it is for this reason that as of the 1st of January 2013, the law changed.

If you have a boiler that has a flue running in a “void” like a ceiling or wall, you must now provide engineers access points for inspection; if you do not, then registered engineers are required (By law) to consider your appliance as unsafe and issue an At Risk notice, switching the appliance off.  Download TB008 Flues in Voids here.

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