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  1. gingalig

    gingalig GSR

    Hi, Not sure if its the right forum, please feel free to move if not.

    Went out to a leak on an unvented cylinder and found all sorts of horribles, There was no benchmark, the PRV/ temp valve, PRV expannsion valve and Pressure reduction, all linked into the same 15mm pipe, terminating into an inline trap that went under the screed, on inspection it didnt actually connect to anything, just a hole in floor and big puddle. (The PRV/ temp was letting by and I suspect a faulty cylinder stat.) there is an existing 22mm copper pipe running into a 32mm sleeve under the screed that terminates outside the house ( Just a straight pipe into the air ) This has a tundish inside the house but is not connected to any pipework ?? There is not much scope for additional pipework as there is UFH, My question is do I report this and if so, who to ? the owner has only just moved in and there is no paperwork. I have said that I will make safe, replace the PRV, terminate the outlet correctly, and connect the pipework to the tundish, but that I'm not happy to benchmark it. Apologies if I'm asking the obvious, I am G3 but dont have that much experience of these kind of bodges.
  2. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

  3. snowhead

    snowhead Well-Known Member

    There's no point wasting your time reporting it.
    No-one will be interested, the previous owner won't be able to remember who did the work.

    Disconnect and treat it as a new install, of a previously used unvented, the same as a non registered gas boiler would be done.
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  4. oz-plumber

    oz-plumber Plumber

    This is my easy solution - implemented it many times.

    Fix what you can to make it safe and make sure the cylinder won't explode.

    Write up a report on the system for the customer to hand over to whatever relevant authority.

    Charge the customer for you rectification work and writing up of report.

    Give them a ballpark estimation on total rectification costs.
    Had too many problems in the past with getting over involved with the situation and then involved with the authorities.

    You won't get paid for all the time you waste getting involved and the more you get involved the more the job becomes yours.

    Leave the messy bit with dealing with the authorities up to the customer and leave it up to the authorities to amend the requirements on your report.
    Then you will at least have a clearcut, defined and authority recommended repair schedule - to charge the customer for
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  5. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Trusted Plumber GSR

    There are no 'Police' for this type of thing. Building Control are the nearest thing but they will not be interested in it at all.

    Give a price for correcting it if you want to.
    Make sure you put the 'Dangers/Do not use', side of it in writing and get a signature.
  6. chris watkins

    chris watkins Plumber

    All of the above I am afraid to say.
    Around 3/4 of all we go to have not been installed correctly.

    How old is gingalig ?

    House owner is the one responsible in the eyes of the Law, if only they understood that maybe they would be more interested in who is installing not just the cost!!!
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