The process of finding a contractor to do repair or installation can be a challenges because many times, you have a lot of choices and it can be hard to know which contractor is the best. Making the wrong decision can result in a lot of losses because poor quality work can result in having another contractor come to do the work. This will increase the amount of money you spend on the project. There is also the risk that the fitted system might be dangerous and cause harm.
Gas is very harmful because poor fitting can cause leakage which is very risky. In case the leaked gas comes in contact with heat or fire, then it can cause fire and make you lose your home. One worrying factor is that many rogue gas fitters are out there and are doing it without the qualifications to work safely on gas.
One thing common with some of these rogue gas fitters is the offer their services at very low prices. Word of mouth is one of the most powerful modes of referral, making it easy for the rogue gas fitters to get more clients. Many of the studies that have been done show that people trust referrals they get from the family and friends and won’t question the qualifications of the gas fitters.
Many of the rogue fitters usually have Gas Safe logo on their vans and advertise it on print adverts or online. When the rogue gas fitters finish doing the work, you might be forced to rip off the system and install a new one.
The gas fitter should always be licensed ad insured before they can start to work on your home. The insurance is important because you will be protected in an event of anything happening during the installation. Licensed gas fitters will always be ready to show you these documents. There is also a risk of manufacturer warranty or insurance cover becoming void if the gas work is done by an unlicensed person.
When you notice any problem with your gas system, call the gas fitter and don’t touch anything. If the gas fitter is experienced, he will advise you on what to do as you wait for him. Remember to confirm if that tradesman is licensed to do that specific work. If for example you want a gas hot water system installed, he/she must license to do both gas fitting and plumbing trades. Not all gas fitters have experience in installing all type of gas appliance, so make sure you ask.
Knowing the type of labor the fitter will provide is important. There are also some fees you might encounter sometimes from the local authorities before the work can be done. There are some works that will require a subcontractor and trades person to help, you might be forced to foot the extra cost. Once you have all this information, you can easily avoid all the headaches many people go through when dealing with gas fitting contractors.