How Safe is your LPG Heating System
Your safety is paramount when it comes to your heating system and that is why your LPG storage tank should be regularly checked by a qualified Gas Safe engineer.
While anything made of metal generally has a long life, eventually there is a chance that it will develop dents and perhaps corrosion that could cause potential weaknesses.
But what about the pipework taking your LPG into the home to your boiler and perhaps kitchen appliances?
Pipework buried in the ground can corrode over time forming holes leading to loss of LPG. A possible build-up of gas in your house could be dangerous if ignited. While the chance of this happening may be relatively low, it is important that you know the answers to the following questions.
How long has it been in place? Since it is underground, do you know the route it takes? Have there been changes in your garden since it was installed, such as the erection of an outhouse or shed?
It makes sense to have the pipework, as well as the tank, checked and serviced.
Perhaps you are ready to consider switching from oil-fired to LPG heating?
This will mean a new tank and associated pipework and there are safety regulations for the siting and installation.
Your Gas Safe engineer should do a site visit and advise you of the specifics for your particular site, but the general rules are designed to ensure location is as risk free as possible.
HSE (Health and Safety Executive) regulations state that “there should be a minimum distance between the tank and any building, boundary line or fixed source of ignition.
“There should not be any drains or gullies near to the tank unless a water trap is provided to prevent gas entering the drains. This is because LPG is heavier than air and if a leak were to develop from the tank or its controls or pipework or when it is being filled then the vapour could accumulate in an un-trapped drain or gully.
“The tank should also not be painted in any colour other than originally supplied as this may increase the amount of heat it absorbs from the sun.”
It is also important that access around the tank should be easy and unhindered so that engineers can carry out service checks and repairs, so the area around the tank should be kept clear of weeds, rubbish and/or combustible materials and the surface of the tank is kept clear of moss growth.