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April 29, 2016 by  

Tightness Testing and Purging


Essex Heating Services are able to offer a Tightness Testing & Purging service, working to Industry Standards:


IGE/UP/1A – Industrial and Commercial gas pipe-work must comply with a volume of 1m3 or below

IGE/UP1 – Industrial and Commercial gas pipe-work must comply with a volume of 1m3 or above


A purge is required whenever gas pipe-work is repaired, extended, newly installed or if the pipe-work is to be decommissioned so that the system is safe


Procedure for Purging


After contacting us we will arrange for one of our engineers to come to site to carry out a full survey who will then generate a method statement and risk assessment taking into account Health and Safety standards and the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations. This will be discussed with your Facilities Manager or appointed person of contact. We will send you an estimate to carry out the works discussed. Once this is signed off we will contact you to arrange a convenient time for the works to be carried out.


Once the date has been set and your employees have all been notified we will turn up on site with a range of equipment to complete the task. Certain areas will be cordoned off for health and safety reasons. The equipment that we will bring to site will vary depending on the type of works involved but to give you an idea it will be some or all of the following: –

  • Purge Stacks – Consisting of Gas Metres and Flame Arrestors
  • Commercial Analysers – For sampling the gas within the pipe-work

As part of the process we will carefully calculate the volume of gas within the pipe-work which will enable us to know how long we need to purge the pipe-work for. The Gas will then be flared off.

A tightness test will be carried out before any purging and flaring takes place, to ensure that the pie-work is gas tight and a Strength pressure test (STP) will be applied to the pipe-work to locate any weaknesses. If any are found this will need to be rectified before we can continue.

Once the pipe-work has been purged and fully tested and passed all the regulations we will be able to issue a Certificate.


Your Responsibility


Although DSEAR (the Dangerous Systems and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations) was enacted in 2003 many designers, facilities and Plant Managers are unaware of it and their responsibility. It is a legal duty to make sure that site occupiers consider the risks and put in place measures to mitigate such risks. We would recommend as part of this process that an annual testing procedure is in place and adhered to. It is a simple process and not to costly for gas pressures below (100mbar) which covers most installations for a competent person to ensure compliance. Essex Heating Solutions can assist you with this.


Call us now on 01376 516513 to arrange an appointment for one of our highly skilled industrial and commercial engineers to carry out any of these scope of works in the Essex area.

Can you smell Gas? Do you suspect you have a Gas Leak?

December 30, 2013 by  

The first thing to do is make sure that you and your family stay safe: –

• Don’t smoke
• Don’t turn any electrical appliances or light switches on (an electrical spark could ignite the gas!)
• Don’t light any matches; candles or cigarette lighters
• Extinguish any naked Flames


• Ventilate the area by opening doors and windows
• Turn Gas Appliances off – Do not use again until they have been checked by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer and instructed to do so
• Turn the Gas Supply Off from the Gas Meter
• Assist those that need help to vacate the immediate area


• Call the National Gas Safety Emergency Line on 0800 111999 to report a gas leak.

They will sort the problem out. They will send an engineer to check to see if there is a gas leak and identify the area of the leak. If the leak is within the property they will cap the Gas Supply. You will need to contact a Gas Safe Registered engineer to identify where the leak is coming from within the property and rectify the problem. They will effect repairs to any Gas Leak coming from their side of the Gas Meter. They will leave you with a report showing what action they have taken and what action you need to take.

The majority of Gas Leaks come from Gas Appliances that have been poorly maintained and not serviced on a regular basis. Badly installed Gas Appliances can cause Fires, Explosions, Gas Leaks and Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Call Essex Heating Services now to have your Gas Appliances serviced on:-

01376 516513

Gas Safety Week: Keeping our nation safe

September 10, 2013 by  



Essex Heating Services are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week taking place 16th – 22nd September 2013.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.

  • Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this.


  • Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find and check an engineer at or call 0800 408 5500.


  • Check your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.


  • Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.


  • Check you know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.


  • Check you have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

For gas safety advice give Essex Heating Services a call on 01376 516513 or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.

MARC proposes radiator scrappage scheme

March 8, 2013 by  

See below an interesting idea as reported in the HPV weekly magazine

The Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) believes a ‘radiator scrappage scheme’, similar to the successful programme to encourage boiler replacement, can help boost the UK’s green agenda.

MARC recently carried out research that showed 20% of homes in the UK still have radiators without convectors. This means that these homes can quickly and simply benefit from greater energy efficiency by replacing these with more modern steel panel radiators. The convectors increase heat emission from the radiators by up to 45% compared to those without any additions.

Now, the organisation’s chairman has written to Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, proposing the scrappage scheme. The proposed scheme is similar to the boiler scrappage scheme launched in 2011, which was a success with 118,249 householders taking advantage of the opportunity to improve their heating systems and reduce their heating bills.

John Colling (pictured) said: “Making simple updates and improvements to home heating systems could save householders money and prove to be a much more efficient way of heating their homes, with the added benefits that brings to the environment. Just like with replacement boilers, switching older radiators for newer, more efficient models can make a big difference and should be encouraged by the government.

“As an industry, we would be willing to discuss the benefits of this with the government, because we believe there is too little understanding of the ability of radiators to efficiently heat a home in this era of focus upon the environment. When you consider the relatively low cost of replacing radiators like-for-like, it makes sense to encourage homeowners to consider this option.”

MARC represents more than 90% of the UK radiator market. Its membership includes: Rettig Group (Myson, Purmo, Vogel & Noot), ISG (Stelrad, Henrad), Quinn (Quinn Radiators, Merriott), Zehnder Group (Bisque, Zehnder) and Kudox.

To obtain an estimate to upgrade your old radiators give Essex Heating services a call or e-mail us; –

01376 516513


Where to find Essex Heating Services

September 13, 2012 by  

Essex Heating Services are pleased to advise our customers that we have been fully vetted by the following organizations who have taken out references to confirm the quality of the work that we carry out. In addition to this there are Testimonials on our Web-Site.

    Gas Safe Register


    Trust a Trader

    Braintree County Council

    Braintree District Building Control @ Development Management Booklet

    (You can also find us in)

    The Business Guide


    Thompson Local

    Yellow Pages

    Google Local Business

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