Risks start by venturing in to what you don’t really understand or when you try to figure out how something is done. The dangers that lie in DIY installations are very severe. Before doing any installation you need to understand the danger that lies within it. You should not ignore or overlook the instructions that talks about the experts hence you should stay out of DIY risks by letting the experts do what they have to do.
DIY stove installations have huge risks associated with it, this is why your home insurance or an estate agent if you were to sell the property will ask for certification of any solid fuel appliance fitted in the same way as a gas installation. One such risk is suffocation by poorly and self-installed wood stoves from gases produced. Although this is just a sample some associated risks are not yet well established but can be mirrored.
Some of the serious risks that can be associated with the DIY stove installations are listed below;
The wood burning stove can lead to instant illness when installed poorly on chimneys without the chimney lining. When the chimney lining is missing it will lead to the accumulation of the carbon monoxide. This will prevent the gas from the burning wood not moving out through the chimney and it can flow inwards into the house. Therefore when the DIY stove installation is poorly installed and is left to warm the house during the night one will die from invisible and aroma less carbon monoxide poisoning that happens without one noticing that they are suffocating. Hence always leave it to the experts to handle your stove installation (Always ask for there HETAS ID to ensure they are qualified to do the install).
Chimney Liner Fitting
Earlier this year we had a call out for inspecting a stove that was seeping smoke and nasty smells back into their living room, on the investigation on the stove in Bradford, we noticed that the stove had been DIY fitted and was not smoke controlled in a smoke control area. This is just not the case with a closer look at the chimney we noticed that the chimney lining was completely destroyed, not only was it crushed flat to get round a bend it was actually fitted upside down. To our surprise, we noticed that the stove was installed less than a month ago and we were shocked what kind of service a company would offer with such a risky and delicate matter like installing a stove.
Our attention was drawn when we inquired if they tried to get in touch with the company who mentioned they had no response, they told HETAS about the situation but because they have no record of the company used to install the stove being HETAS registered they could not do anything about it. To our amazement, they insisted on pulling the stove out and having an electric fire that showed us how they have struggled to manage the situation with the hectic and unsafe stove that was poorly installed in the first place. This was such an un-wanting escapade and we decided to assist them to handle the situation by first advocating on their behalf to the company that sold them the stove. Our efforts did not go in vain as they were refunded in full by the company that we later learned that it was not registered and the stove was returned to them. We asked them if they had tried any registered company like the Yorkshire Stoves installation company, but it was like we were at their rescue. We then made them an order of the quality stove (smoke controlled) fixed with chimney lining that was durable. Not only did we do that but also we had the stove installed perfectly by one of our qualified engineers.
We guaranteed their safety and also the paid inspection fees were given back. This explains that you should not venture on what you feel to be a great deal or an easy job, do a little bit of research before hand if you have no experience I would advise leaving the experts to handle their work to cut down on expenses such as fines, losses on not suitable products and most importantly your own safety.
All Chimneys Are Not For The Wood Burners
Wood burning stoves have specific chimneys that will ensure safety from smoke and back-flow of the gases. When we had a call up for an investigation to check the stove flue we came across another DIY installation which could have been a disaster if used. On inspection we came across the install to have its flue pipe connected to the stove to be completely crushed and flattened to squeeze into a pre-cast flue, This would have only been a matter of time until the flue would have been completely blocked and could have most likely killed the occupants within mins.
The temperature of the chimney wall would have been as high as over 300° that can easily lead to burning of the house with any timber that was shown. The deaths brought about by such temperatures and smokes are said to be very silent. Luckily enough to the case, we had with this poor DIY stove installation the current user consulted with us having the whole thing checked up and replaced with better and quality stoves and components before any trouble was caused.
DIY stove installation is very dangerous and should be left for the fully qualified experts to handle the situation and make you a whole safe environment.