Nationwide Heating is renowned for specialist downstream gas services to suit any requirement pre or post installation, as well as the installation itself.
Our downstream services have been designed and developed to deliver even the most complex and demanding jobs efficiently and effectively and we always create tailored solutions that really satisfy our clientsâ needs, no matter how challenging.
We are sure we will be able to help you reach a final decision about exactly what installation you need, by offering specialised pre installation advice or project risk assessment, installation methodology studies or best practice advice.
Once you have awarded the work to Nationwide Heating, we will concentrate a hand-picked installation team that is focused on delivering exactly what is needed from the following services:
- Fully managed solutions
- Live connections and pipework modifications
- Pressure regulators
- Secondary gas metering for energy efficiency
And, after installation is complete and tested, Nationwide Heatingwill maintain, service and update the gas installation as required, under one of our comprehensive maintenance packages. Nationwide Heatingwill deliver the gas installation, metering or specialist pipework service that you need. No matter how big or small, simple or intricate. Contact us anytime to discuss your requirements.
Oil Supply Pipes
Oil supply pipes are a vital part of any oil heating system and it is important that they are installed and maintained correctly to ensure system reliability and safely. Correct installation also helps to avoid the risk of leaks, which can cause pollution and are costly to clean up. This guide applies to pipes that carry fuel to oil fired appliances of up to 45kW output which are located in properties used primarily for domestic purposes.
Domestic Oil Feed Pipes
Domestic oil supply pipes are usually made of plastic-coated soft copper tubing that can be easily manipulated. Steel pipes are not commonly used for domestic installations, but steel pipes can offer additional protection from damage or vandalism. If steel pipes are used, they should not be galvanised and must be painted and maintained to minimise corrosion. Plastic pipe systems are also available but must only be used below ground. Fittings and jointing materials must be suitable for the type of pipe and fuel being used.
Oil Supply Systems
There are two types of oil supply systems; gravity and sub-gravity. Gravity supply systems are arranged so that the pressure of the oil in the tank pushes the oil along the pipe to feed the burner at the appliance. A typical gravity supply would consist of a bottom outlet oil storage tank positioned above the height of the burner. The tank is often elevated to the required height by a platform on top of brick piers. Sub-gravity systems rely on a mechanical device such as an oil de-aerator or lifter to assist the oil in reaching the burner. For satisfactory performance, it is critical that oil supply pipes used with sub-gravity systems are correctly sized.
For best performance, oil supply pipework should take the most direct route between the oil tank and burner, while avoiding high and low points in the pipework, the creation of trip hazards, or anything likely to damage the pipe and joints. Pipes must be supported by purpose made clips and attached to permanent structures such as a wall. A garden shed or wooden boundary fence is not classed as a permanent structure because it will deteriorate with age and any movement may damage the pipe and fittings.
Buried Oil Supply Pipes
Directly buried oil supply pipes should be protected against the risk of accidental damage caused by digging. The recommended installation method is as follows: A trench should be excavated to a depth of 450mm 40mm of compacted sand is laid on the bottom of the trench, the oil pipe positioned, and a further 40mm of compacted sand is laid above the pipe Builderâs grade polyethylene is laid above the sand and the trench is then backfilled, positioning an oil line warning marker tape 150mm below the finished ground level. Oil supply pipes should be buried at least 300mm clear of other underground services such as water and electricity. Joints in buried pipework should be avoided if at all possible. If joints have to be made, a permanent means of access for inspection of the joints must be provided.
Entry into Buildings
Where an oil pipe passes through the wall of a building it must be run within a sleeve, such as a larger plastic pipe. Oil supply pipes should not be run underground directly into the interior of a building. Instead the pipe should rise externally to allow a remote acting fire valve to be fitted before it enters the building.
A fire valve is an essential safety feature of an oil installation, which will stop the supply of oil in the event of a fire or an overheat situation occurring at the appliance. The valve must be located outside the building, before the point of entry, and must be activated by a remote sensor. Existing oil feed pipes that are not accessible outside of the building, and do not have a fire valve, can have one added at the first point where the pipe appears internally. This is not permitted on a new pipe installation, but can improve the safety of an existing installation. Fire valves are also required for externally located boilers.
Oil supply pipes must be inspected regularly for general condition and this is often done as part of a routine boilerservice. Any damage, deterioration or leaks from joints should be repaired at the earliest opportunity. For underground pipes, pressure testing is likely to be required.