Installations

We have been installing LP Gas in the area for over 20 years, either contracted directly to customers or subcontracted by builders.  Our reputation is built on the 100′s of successful installations we have installed in that time.

We know that gas installations can be dangerous if not done correctly so we stick to our principles:

♦ Honesty to our customers

♦ Adherence to the law

♦ Quality in our work

Our vast experience of gas installations includes bringing gas to the following LP Gas appliances:

  • Hobs
  • Stoves
  • Gas ovens
  • Fireplaces
  • Braais
  • Water heaters
  • Space heaters

No two LP Gas installations are exactly the same.  The proximity rules for cylinders and the alternative ways of bringing gas to the appliances mean differences every time.  Do not let unscrupulous gas installers sell you something you do not need.  We always try to “bat for the customer” and give you a cost-effective yet fully compliant solution.

Call us on 044 533 1880 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 1.00pm Saturday for a free site visit or bring your plans into the shop and let us design and install your next LP Gas installation.  You too can join our long list of satisfied customers.

Here are some frequently asked questions on LP Gas installations:

Certificate of Conformity

Certificate of Conformity

The law requires that all gas installations have a Certificate of Conformity

The Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993 requires all gas installations to have a Certificate of Conformity issued by an authorised person.  This most definitely applies to new and modified gas installations and is usually a requirement to get an occupancy certificate on the sale or construction of any dwelling.  Existing gas installations may additionally require a Certificate of Conformity for insurance purposes or, for example, to comply with conduct rules in a sectional title scheme.  Plett Gas is authorised to issue Certificates of Conformity.  Our usual charge for an inspection followed by the issuance of a certificate is R550.00.  If, during our inspection, we find areas of non-compliance with regulations we will recommend and quote on required changes.  We will highlight the areas of non-compliance and offer the client the opportunity to get a second opinion.  If asked, we will draw up a quotation for the work required to make the gas installation compliant with regulations.

Registered Installers

Registered Installers

All LP Gas installations must be installed or modified by a Registered Installer

Every LP Gas appliance needs gas to be delivered to it in a safe, reliable way via a gas installation.  Here in South Africa, the law requires that all gas installations must be installed or modified by a Registered Installer.

We at Plett Gas have been members of the LP Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) since its inception. We are Registered Domestic and Commercial installers with the South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC Gas).

Our registration details can be viewed at https://saqccgas.co.za/member/?r=7769.  As a matter of fact, our first Registered Installer was assigned the first ever installer registration number in the country.

Who can install or modify?

Who can install or modify?

As Registered Domestic and Commercial installers, we are authorised under the Occupational Health…

As Registered Domestic and Commercial installers, we are authorised under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993 to install or modify LP Gas installations.  Our registration is your guarantee we have been properly trained and tested.

When we install a gas installation we will issue a Certificate of Conformity to the owner.  The Certificate of Conformity demonstrates that the installation complies with regulations; has been inspected and tested; and is safe.  You must not use anyone other than a Registered Installer to install or modify a gas installation.  Failure to do so may lead to unwelcome results, for example invalidating your insurance.

Maintenance and the law

Maintenance and the law

The law requires that the LP Gas hose used to connect cylinders must be replaced every 5 years…

The law requires that the LP Gas hose used to connect cylinders must be replaced every 5 years or sooner if they show any cracks in the surface.  For most people this means replacing the reinforced black neoprene hose used to connect cylinders to a crossover valve or regulator.  In addition, orange low pressure gas hose must be replaced if it starts to discolour, crack or become hard.  In our experience, it is wise to replace orange low pressure gas hose every 5 years as well.

The law also requires that all LP Gas installations and appliances should be checked for leaks and safe operation every 12 months.  Please note that this is a recommendation only encoded in South African National Standard No.10087.  Certain unscrupulous gas installers have been implying that this recommendation is a legal requirement.  They try to sell an annual service plan to unsuspecting owners based on this.

We categorically state that this recommendation is not a legal requirement.  We have checked this point with LPGSASA.  If you want to follow this recommendation (and we strongly advise that you do) you are entitled to check your LP Gas installation and appliances yourself.  This check can be as simple as smelling for gas leaks or checking that the flame looks right on a gas appliance.  Or it can be more complex, such as putting a soapy water solution on the joints in the installation to identify leaks.  Or, if you want the full professional solution, you can contact Plett Gas for a complete check.

Just remember that checking for leaks and safe operation is something you can do yourself.  Modifying or servicing a gas installation or appliance is something that has to be done by a Registered Installer.

Where to put gas cylinders

Where to put gas cylinders

Under South African National Standard No.10087, up to 19KG of LP Gas can be installed or stored…

Under South African National Standard No.10087, up to 19KG of LP Gas can be installed or stored inside a house or up to 9KG inside a flat.  This can be a convenient rule for certain installations, particularly gas hobs, which do not use a great deal of LP Gas.  However, most of the time a bigger gas supply is required in which case the cylinder(s) must be located outside.  This schematic shows the proximity regulations for LP Gas cylinders.

A – 1m sideways from doors and windows
B – 2m from drains and air vents
C – 3m below windows, unless non combustible roof is installed between containers and windows, then 30cm
D – 3m from property boundary unless boundary is a fire wall
E – 5m away from a switchable electrical point i.e. plug socket, main power etc. (not a light)