Owning a mobile home can be fun, taking a weekend getaway with the family, and spending long periods in the summer, but how safe is your mobile home?
Your mobile home is like an extension of your main home and as such needs an annual gas safety check to be done to make sure you and your family will be safe.
So what is a mobile home gas safety inspection?
As at home, all gas appliances must be inspected and repaired.
But why do we only use mobile phones for about 10 weeks a year?
It is probably more important to conduct a gas safety inspection on a mobile home than your main home because it is unoccupied most of the year while the home is.
So what is there to check?
First of all, we need to find a registered gas safety company that is registered to work with LPG, who can also do a mobile home gas safety inspection.
You may already know someone who is registered for gas insurance, the engineer who checks your main house, but they may not be registered to work with LPG.
The best way to find an LPG engineer is to contact the gas safe registry, either through their website or by calling them, they will be able to put you in touch with someone who can work with LPG.
First, we must establish that there is no gas leak, we do this by conducting a gas tightness test, this will show any leak.
The hoses connected to the gas cylinders that supply gas to your mobile can deteriorate over time and will need to be replaced.
All hoses that are connected to your mobile home are dated and as such should be checked and replaced accordingly.
Most mobile homes have some type of heating installed, for older models it can be a gas fire and newer models a central heating boiler.
Whatever form of heating is installed, it must be checked to make sure it is safe to use.
It is necessary to inspect the gas fire, making sure that the on-off switch works freely and is not difficult to light.
One of the most important checks is to make sure that the flue is not blocked, and that the combustion products are being removed correctly, that is, that carbon monoxide is not allowed to enter the room.
Since mobiles are only used for a short period of time during the year, things happen, such as the smoke ducts coming out of the top of the mobile home getting blocked.
They can be blocked by the leaves of tall trees, even birds that make nests, so it is vital that the mobile home gas safety inspection is carried out.
As in your home, the boiler should have an annual service, this is to make sure everything works as it should and to make sure it is safe to use.
If your mobile phone has a gas oven and hob then these should also be checked, just to make sure they are in good working order and again safe to use.
Wherever your home is located, you will find that all parks require that this mobile home gas safety inspection be conducted once a year. They will also like to see the inspection certificate and make a copy for their records.
Rent to friends
There may come a time when you rent your mobile home to friends to earn a little extra money, we all like to earn a little more.
But now you have to do another inspection, it’s called a Homeowner’s Gas Safety Inspection (CP12).
Even if you rent it for one day, you will need this landlord inspection check.
Getting the mobile home gas safety inspection done is all about the SAFETY side.
Most of the time the mobile home is empty and, like all things, when not in use, they can get stuck or break when you start using them again.
Always be happy and have fun on your mobile, but the most important thing is to be safe.