Emergency Plumber Issues Warnings over Illegal Gas Fitters

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The specialists at Emergency Plumber have responded to news that an East Devon gas fitter allegedly put the lives of a young couple at risk when he carried out gas work on their home illegally.

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The work was reported as “immediately dangerous” when later checked by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

It has been reported in HVP that Luke Potts, trading as Devon Plumber, installed a new gas boiler at a home in Exeter despite not being Gas Safe Registered, according to court documents. Continuing to display the Gas Safe Register logo on his website, Exeter Magistrates heard recently under the court case reference number 4296099, that the boiler flue had been incorrectly fitted with a hole drilled into the gas meter box to feed into a new gas pipe- both of which could have been responsible for lethal carbon monoxide leaking into the property. The work was reported as “immediately dangerous” when later checked by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

Renowned for their London emergency plumbers, Emergency Plumber also operates throughout the country, providing a number of plumbers as well as gas safety specialists. As such the team are more than aware of the importance of working with the correct skills and qualifications. A representative shares their thoughts on the implications of allowing someone who is not Gas Safe Registered to carry out gas work on a home.

“As this case shows, the dangers of allowing someone who is not Gas Safe registered, even if they have carried out gas work before, to fit or fix a boiler really should not be ignored. It is imperative to allow proper ventilation to avoid the threat of carbon monoxide, and carrying out work, or knowingly allowing someone else to carry out work who is not qualified to do so, is illegal.

“Instead be sure to contact a team of registered individual and take the time to fit an audible carbon monoxide detector, to minimise the chances of suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.“

Emergency plumber is an agency run by Martin Smith. With 18 years’ experience in the industry, his aim is to provide fast and efficient emergency plumbing engineers 24/7. The company operates within a wide range of areas in the UK including London, Plymouth, Reading, Coventry, Bolton and Newcastle. With a database of over 300 emergency plumbers, the firm is currently the fastest growing plumbing company in the UK. Customers can also contact the team for information and advice on gas related problems.

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