Fitting gas in the home

Gas appliance installations.

Everything Water specialises in the installation of gas appliances all around the home.

We do not supply gas cylinders or refill gas (yet), we concentrate on installations of gas geysers and gas
appliances.

We install:

  • Stoves,
  • Hobs
  • Gas space heaters
  • Gas geyser

We have successfully completed more than 1000 domestic gas installations according to the gas
installation regulations and always issue a gas certificate.

Our job is to fit and connect the appliance to the cylinder according to SANS 10003-87 – 2013 and
once completed issue a certificate of conformity (COC).  We don’t make the laws – we just install
them according to the requirements of SANS.

We are registered gas installers in George and also operate in the following areas

  • Sedgefield
  • Wilderness
  • George
  • Grootbrak and Mosselbay

Contact Everything Water - Alan on 071 551 2108

Installing the gas cylinder at home.

The thing the gas comes in… is it a gas cylinder or a gas bottle?
We don’t mind what you call it, a cylinder or a bottle, but the stuff inside it is an awesome energy source.                                                                                  Top kitchens use it. Many homes use it for space heating in winter. Pleasure resorts, clubs                                                                                                            and industry have been using it to heat water for years.

We are all experiencing the ever increasing cost of electricity, not to mention the erratic supply of it, as in the dreaded load shedding.

We supply Afrox or Easy Gas in cylinders from 9kg, 19kg and the big 48kg cylinders, however you can
buy or rent your cylinders from your nearest gas shop, we don’t mind what gas you choose, we will
still handle it the same way we always handle gas cylinders -- safely.
Nearly every home we visit to quote we find there is still this fear that gas is dangerous.

We install the gas system according to regulations which are clearly set out in SANS 10087-1:2013.

This standard clearly sets out where and how cylinders can be placed in a domestic gas installation.

It covers distances from windows, doors, electrical points, air conditioners and drains and which type

of piping may be used, to name a few of the things to take into consideration. It is all for your
safety.

Don’t be perturbed, that’s our job to guide you and that’s why you pay us for a COC – certificate of
conformity, which insurance companies need and estate agents require when buying or selling a
home.

As members of the LPGSASA we have agreed to operate to a code of ethics which can be viewed
under the LPGSASA portion of this site;
To provide an understanding of the SANS regulations regarding installations of cylinders, we have
included a mini break down of different installations. These are only guidelines and the SANS 10087-
1:2013 will always be the standards (Just in case we got it wrong)


There are different types of installation services that we can offer.

  • The COC – where the installation has already been completed, an existing installation and acertificate is required.
  • An installation where the cylinder is inside – Hob or stove or heater
  • An installation where the cylinder is placed outdoors. A new dwelling being constructed

Certificate of Conformity
COC – some call it a certificate of compliance, but the LPGSASA call it a certificate of conformity.
Either way it is a certificate that is issued by a registered gas installer to indicate that he/she is
satisfied that the installation is safe and conforms to the SANS regulations and with municipal by-
laws.

Did you know that you are only allowed 100kg of LP Gas on a domestic stand? In the George area we
are only allowed 2 x 19kg cylinders per stand without getting Fire Department approval and this
requires submitting plans and inspection by the Fire Department and there is a cost involved.

COC’s only last for 5 years and then need to be re-certified by a registered gas practitioner. The
current SANS standard was produced in 2013. If an installation was done prior to 2013 the system
may need to be re-certified as it may no longer be compliant even though nothing has changed on
the installation. This is as a result of SANS regulations that are constantly being improved for
everyone’s safety. We don’t like it either but the laws have to be obeyed especially when it comes to
claim time with insurance companies.

We have a fixed price for issuing a COC of R850 which covers a call out, visual inspection, testing for
gas leaks and for a discussion on the safety of the installation. This is free when we do an
installation. (R450 for the call out and R400 for the certificate)

Should anything not be compliant our qualified installer will be able to quote you for any changes
and if in agreement with our fee he can make the necessary changes while on site. Once the
required changes have been completed and tested, they will issue you the COC.

All gas appliances that have been approved by the LPGSASA, have printed on the box that the
appliance is sold in, states that the appliance must be installed by a registered gas installer. It’s the
law, we don’t make them just do installations according the regulations as stated below:
The installation of a container(s), complete with all associated equipment and appliances and any
subsequent repair or modification to the installation, shall be carried out by a registered installer
qualified to the appropriate grade.

Everything Waters staff are qualified for Domestic installations.

 

An indoor gas cylinder installation
That means that any gas installation that is permanent like a stove, hob, gas geyser, and heater
needs to be installed by a qualified gas practioner, even if it’s a simple job. No arguments please. If
it’s done 100% correctly to the SANS regulation great – charge you for a COC.

For the DIY guys that don’t like the rules:
Indoor installations are limited to a 9kg cylinder and low gas consumption appliances like hobs and
stoves. The installation needs a sleeve or pipe to go through the cupboard wall or walls and less than
2m of flexible hose with clamps and regulator. A shut off valve is also required.
The cylinder needs to be in a cupboard all by itself. The cupboard needs to be ventilated and sealed
with silicone on all joints. (Ventilation should be an air brick to the outside if possible) The cylinder
must be vertical and in a cupboard of 400mm width. The cylinder cannot be below the hob or below a basin

For hobs and stoves; Measure the opening and double check it before buying your appliance. If it
doesn’t fit it costs money and lots of cleaning up dust from grinding the opening to size.
An electrical plug needs to be within 2 m of the appliance or you need to get an electrician to do the
installation of a plug point.
One appliance – one cylinder – one cupboard – no electrical switch in cupboard

 

The gas cylinder outside installation
This is where it gets tricky.
Same SANS rule applies re the gas installation plus a load more.
Remember no more than 100kg of gas on one domestic site or get permission from your local fire
department. But here in George they only allow the fitting of 2 x 19kg cylinders per house hold
without fire department approval. Fire department approval costs extra money for the drawing up
of plans and for the fire department to come out and do an inspection. Rather stick to 2 x 19kg cylinders.

In my house we use a 9kg cylinder per 30 days for 4 showers per day. So 2 x 19kg should last most houses 2 months or more.

The position of the cylinder or cylinders is always the difficult part. Finding a suitable place to store
them is half the battle. We need to consider many things, some of which will be mentioned below

  • The cylinders need to stand on a solid base.
  • They need to be in a cage or secured with a chain.
  • They must be one meter from your neighbour’s single wall.
  • If it’s a double wall it can be against the wall. See sketch re more than one cylinder.
  • The cylinders must be located more than 2m from a drain
  • 5m from an electrical point, DB Board, pool pump
  • 2m from an aircon inlet
  • 1m from a window or door
  • 1.5m from an outdoor light
  • 1m from an airbrick
  • 3m under a window unless in a cage with specific conditions
  • Cages must be 80% open. Expanded metal cage and the roof must be steel.

And more.
Things to consider for outdoor installations:

  • Do you want to have 2 x 19kg cylinders with a change over valve?
  • The number of appliances to be fed
  • The distance of the pipes
  • Pipes need to be sleeved
  • Pipes need to be saddled
  • Rubber hoses don’t go outside
  • Pex or copper class 1 pipes for gas installations

Generally we leave pipes exposed and secured to the exterior walls as chasing concrete and
trenching are expensive and time consuming and bring with them a host of more rules. All exterior
piping needs to be sleeved if Pex is used. Going through the roof can be done but we need to use an
expensive stainless steel pipe specially made for gas.
All these rules make it difficult but that’s our job to find solutions.

Installations at a construction site

  • Early planning is essential as it will save you money.
  • Most of the outdoor installation rules will apply.
  • Chasing the gas pipe into a wall needs to be 50mm deep
  • Trenching needs to be 500mm deep and the piping needs to be sleeved and marked with plastic to identify a gas line.

The best plan is to talk to us at planning stage or meet us on site early in the construction.

If the job is in a complex the worst part is sitting at the gate for 2 hrs just to get in. 

Remember the above info is only a guide. Let a gas practioner come and see what needs to be done
and get a quote. We don’t make the rules we just implement them.

ALL GAS APPLIANCES MUST BE INSTALLED BY A REGISTERED GAS INSTALLER.

Call Alan for a quotation on 071 551 2108

The picture provides a quick check list of minimum distances regarding the installation of the
cylinder.
We recommend that the cylinder be installed in a cage however it isn't law. The cylinders should be
chained to a wall.
When connecting appliances the max orange hose that can be used is 2m. This allows for the
appliance to be removed for servicing purposes.

COC's are valid for 3 years however an annual inspection and service is generally good practice.

 

 

 

 

 

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