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  1. daWilko

    daWilko Member

    Hi All - another dumb question, so apologies in advance. Today I opened the meter box at my "new" 80s terrace to take meter readings for the first time. There was a wiff of a gas smell, which disappeared in the fresh air and didn't return. I will repeat this tomorrow to confirm, but I think there might be a very slow leak (?) . Call supplier? Your thoughts and advice appreciated :)
     
  2. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Gas safe Engineer needed to test mate.
     
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  3. Darren Jackson

    Darren Jackson Plumber GSR

    If in any doubt turn off the gas and dial 0800 111 999 and tell them you think you can smell gas at the meter. Better safe than sorry.
     
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  4. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    It might be from when they turned the gas back on

    But agree with the others better safe than sorry

    You could wait and try again as you say your choice
     
  5. daWilko

    daWilko Member

    Thanks Guys !
    I tried the cupboard again this morning and got the same very small wiff of gas. I've called my local GSR and he's popping by 8am tomorrow. I'm pretty sure it's very minor, in that it takes overnight for the smell to be noticeable at all, and only when the meter cupboard door is first opened. Then it's gone. We'll see what Allan finds tomorrow :)
     
  6. firemant

    firemant Plumber GSR

    If you had phoned 0800111999, as advised, they would have been out and sorted it by now.Free of charge.

    Even a "small" smell of gas can emenate from a large escape. the chances are it is from a fitting, but "outsiders" are escapes in the street which track into buildings around the lore loosely compacted earth etc around services.

    If your local could not respond quickly, he really should have advised a call to Cadent.
     
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  7. firemant

    firemant Plumber GSR


    Sorry, Shaun. On this I have to disagree. A smell should be reported and investigated as soon as.

    From experience, if someone thinks they smell gas, they nearly always are.

    Cat homes notwithstanding :)
     
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  8. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I do agree however on the small chance the leak is from the governor. Then yes it would have been free of change. However CADENT will not repair fittings.
     
  9. firemant

    firemant Plumber GSR

    Yes they do, mate.
    Technically, anything up to the outlet is their responsibility. In practice, they would often repair anything in the box. Alrhough the latter may be an area thing. There is normally only 2 fittings after the outlet, unless there is a Tee.
     
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  10. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I’ve been to loads where they have just TOFO.
     
  11. firemant

    firemant Plumber GSR

    Where the leak was before the outlet?

    If so, a call and bollocking would be in order. Up to the outlet is their problem. Without question. And they disc the outlet, not the inlet.
     
  12. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    No mate. I’m on about the outlet when I say fittings.
     
  13. firemant

    firemant Plumber GSR

    Ok, Harv, but you confused us slightly :) :
    I do agree however on the small chance the leak is from the governor. Then yes it would have been free of change. However CADENT will not repair fittings.

    The thing is, in a box, the leak, from experience, is nearly always a washer (one of 3) or test nipple. And when (and where) I was there most guys would sort out a small issue on the immediate outlet pipe, certainly of it was a compression fitting. It is often easier to sort than to do more paperwork.

    Hopefully the OP will elucidate, after his mate calls
     
  14. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Sorry for the confusion
     
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  15. daWilko

    daWilko Member

    Hi All - well - 0800111999 got a call this morning and they promptly attended. Turns out the regulator was dribbling so it got replaced. He also added a meter bracket (!!!), a new isolator and a bit of pipework. So all is well again at Casa daWilko, thanks for your thoughts and good advice :) .
    I've got happy snaps but the Forum won't let me post them just now. I'll try again later on tonight.
     
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