Cheapest Tradesmen Can Be Expensive
When building your own home or having reconstruction work done it is tempting to find the cheapest engineer possible to put in your gas and heating piping and electrical systems. While keeping cost effective it is important to remember to make sure that the engineer you hire is properly certified and backed by the right organizations. No matter what a person's budget, it is of highest importance that the engineer hired is registered with Corgi.
Whether or not you want to believe it, there are quite a lot of engineers in the United Kingdom who are installing gas and heating systems even though they are not registered with Corgi. These fraudulent engineers are lying to their customers; they are saying that they are actually Corgi registered. Some engineers will even create fraudulent identification Corgi registration documents!
The most famous case is that of David Mees. Newspapers and periodicals all over the United Kingdom have been reporting about David Mees and his ever growing list of fraudulent operations. David Mees is listed in the telephone book as a Corgi registered engineer. The ad even lists a fake Corgi number. The few clients who questioned Mees's Corgi status were told that the work needed only be inspected by a Corgi engineer. This is absolutely false!
What is worse is that most of the work done by Mees (whose prices were not cheap) is shoddy and dangerous. In one home his work was so poorly completed that should the tenants have attempted to operate their gas and heating systems, they could have destroyed their home and risked injuring themselves!
Gas and heating systems are volatile and it is important that they be properly installed and that their wiring is up to code. Corgi engineers are required to keep up to date on local electrical codes and standard engineering practices. The best way to make sure that your engineer is registered with Corgi is to simply call the organization and double check your prospective engineer's status. This can be done by dialling 0800 915 0485.
It is a good idea to check with your local business bureau to find out if any complaints have been filed against the engineer that you are considering for your home's construction or renovation. You should also ask any potential engineer for a list of references and his work history. If the engineer hesitates before providing either of these, you should seriously consider moving on to the next candidate.
When gas and heating systems are not properly installed they can cause a number of problems. Not only will the structural integrity of your home be damaged, but you could run the risk of winding up sick or injured!
This page has been written with contributions from Gas Safe engineers from Buckinghamshire and plumbers from Ilford. Several of the company's qualified plumbers from London have worked on similar issues as well as some of our plumbing and heating engineers from Kensington and our Sutton experienced heating engineers.
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