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    • Eivissa123
    • By Eivissa123 18th Apr 17, 7:02 PM
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    Gas Leak New Boiler
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    • 18th Apr 17, 7:02 PM
    Gas Leak New Boiler 18th Apr 17 at 7:02 PM
    Hi there

    So I'm renovating my first home. First main job was to replace an old boiler tank system with a combi boiler.

    Few quotes layer I decided on one company who supplied a worcester cdi compact and filter with a ten year guarantee.

    Several weeks layer I came home after a few days away to smell gas. I called the gas emergency line and the engineer attended within an hour. Basically the new pipe by the gas meter had corroded - engineer said due to the flux. He said if I hadn't called and left it any longer the house my have exploded. He fixed the leak.

    I emailed the company who installed everything who said they will take a look but said flux does not corrode copper pipes but will look at it anyway.

    I don't know what to do from here. It's all fixed but feel it was a very poor job given the leak and would like mse advice.

    Thanks
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    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 18th Apr 17, 7:13 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 7:13 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 7:13 PM
    Flux does corrode copper pipes but it takes years.
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    • Alex1983
    • By Alex1983 18th Apr 17, 7:15 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 7:15 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 7:15 PM
    Self cleaning flux will corrode copper quite quickly if not cleaned off after use.
    • ComicGeek
    • By ComicGeek 18th Apr 17, 7:21 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 7:21 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 7:21 PM
    Self cleaning flux will corrode copper quite quickly if not cleaned off after use.
    Originally posted by Alex1983
    But in a couple of weeks though? I've seen lots of bad joints before, but has still taken years to have any degree of corrosion to cause a leak. Could just be a poor joint rather than a problem with flux, and was being masked by the flux.
    • Alex1983
    • By Alex1983 18th Apr 17, 7:35 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 7:35 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 7:35 PM
    either way they should of carried out a tightness test when they fitted the boiler, which would of highlighted any leaks and now a couple of weeks later you have a leak you got to be blaming that company.

    Did the emergency guy tell you how big the leak was in mb's.
    • andyhop
    • By andyhop 18th Apr 17, 8:13 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 8:13 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 8:13 PM
    I've seen many a unsoldered joint that's held water and gas for many years where a drop test hasn't detected

    Usually the emergency gas service just disconnects at the meter to make safe , I've never heard of them making good before
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    • Alex1983
    • By Alex1983 18th Apr 17, 8:26 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 8:26 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 8:26 PM
    I've never know them to repair before either, wonder if the leak was on the flexi anaconda between the shut off and the governor. They'd replace that.
    • Plumber90
    • By Plumber90 18th Apr 17, 10:11 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 10:11 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 10:11 PM
    If it's happened that quick chances are it's on the anaconda on the incoming side of the gas metre. Flux eats through them really really quick.
    • southcoastrgi
    • By southcoastrgi 18th Apr 17, 10:35 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 10:35 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 10:35 PM
    As the two posts above have said it would have been the anaconda (silver coloured flexible pipe)
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