We recently visited a customer who had cut through a gas pipe in his house in Claygate with a multi-tool. We thought this would be a good subject for a blog post about what to do if you ever you do the same. The first thing to do is to try and make sure you are certain any old pipes you are looking to remove are what you think they are. Our customer had been told by another tradesman that the unsightly wall-mounted pipes he wanted to remove from his wall were de-commissioned pipes feeding the water tank in the roof. In actual fact, they were live gas pipes and part of the main run feeding the boiler!
When our customer started cutting he soon felt the unpleasant and alarming rush of gas hitting him. Right in the face. He opened all of the Windows and doors and remembered not to touch anything electric. Even light switches spark internally when you flick them on and off, and that spark can be enough to ignite a gas leak if there is enough of a gas escape. Fortunately our customer knew where his gas mains stop cock was under the stairs and was able to close it off. he then called KT Gas and we ended up fitting a completely new run from the mains gas supply straight to the boiler, bypassing the spaghetti junction of old pipes, allowing him to safely decommission them. If you ever cut through a gas pipe or put a nail through your water supply, don't panic. First, seek out the main stop cock. If you don't know where they are, ask your next door neighbour where theirs is, then call KT Gas. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can help customer in