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Old 07-02-2009, 19:22
sparky07
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Hello Everyone

I need a little help and advice.

I have just bought my first house but as it was a repossed property i need to re-connect the gas, electricity and water.

In the property the cooker, sink, toiltes, bath, shower etc all have tape over them saying do not use and looking down the toilets there is no water whatsoever. there is also a notice saying that the whole system has been drained down so im guessing there is no water in the boiler etc in the loft.

Im just wondering what to do now and where to start? Is it just a case of ringing the electricity and gas board or switching the water on at the mains? and the most important question . . . is there going to be a charge for any of this??

Any help would be greately appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 07-02-2009, 19:53
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You'll need to contact all the suppliers and let them know you've moved in so they can set your account up in your name. You may need to prove that it is a new ownership. They may just be turned off at the meter so its worth checking.

The water is probably just turned off at the stop cock so check there. The system will have been drained down so it will need refilling.
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Old 07-02-2009, 22:07
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If it were me I'd get a professional in, and with the gas in particular that will need a Corgi registered engineer. Perhaps speak to the companies, they may send an engineer to do it for free.
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Old 07-02-2009, 22:52
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they usually wont hook the gas back up and check the boiler until the leccy is on first, so arrange that first if i were you... otherwise you will be waiting all day and they will turn up and say cant do it til lecccy is on...
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:27
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Hello Everyone

I need a little help and advice.

I have just bought my first house but as it was a repossed property i need to re-connect the gas, electricity and water.

In the property the cooker, sink, toiltes, bath, shower etc all have tape over them saying do not use and looking down the toilets there is no water whatsoever. there is also a notice saying that the whole system has been drained down so im guessing there is no water in the boiler etc in the loft.

Im just wondering what to do now and where to start? Is it just a case of ringing the electricity and gas board or switching the water on at the mains? and the most important question . . . is there going to be a charge for any of this??

Any help would be greately appreciated.

Thanks
Hello Sparky,

and congratulations on your first house.

Identify your meters, pay as you go kind or account meters, find your fuse box.

Take meters reading of gas, water and electrics, if account meters and the main fuse switch is off flick in on and test a light switch, if electricity comes on, leave the fuse box in the on position.

Tell us here what boiler or combi' you have.

Tell your local council tax office you are the new owner and date you completed.

Identify your suppliers for water, gas, electricity, phone the main suppliers in your area even if the account isn't held with them, they can tell you who it was with, press them if they play up., let the suppliers know the meter readings, if it's pay as you go, tell them they will put you through to the right department.

Lots of households use the same supplier for gas and electricity, ask, you check for that, don't assume to be told.

Once suppliers are known stick to them, just for now, in the next few months you can change to your hearts contents, but sticking right now will make it easier to resume services IMO.

Phone BT for line connection if required, they will try to screw you, they always do.

Even if you don't need a phone tell them anyway and see if previously there was a line connection with the owners but you are the new owner of the property, do this, it will save you grief in the future and might save you money to.

Identify where your main stop cock is, (under kitchen sink usually), find the switch, near by that operates the electrics to the boiler or combi', leave the switch off and alone for the moment.

Check your toilet, lift the cistern lid, make sure there is a ballcock in the cistern, leave the cistern lid off for now.

There maybe a brass or silver colored isolator or it could be painted in the feed pipe to the cistern, this will need to be in the on position, you will need a screw driver for this, just a simple turn.

If you have a combi' only make sure all taps are in the off position, then three or four full turns of the main stop cock to start the water flowing.

Before doing so check any washing machine valves are in the off position, turn stop cock.

On a combi' the toilet cistern will fill first, there may be air, it will splutter in to life.

While that is filling run your cold kitchen tap only for a couple of minutes,( This might be a violent splutter too ), keep an eye on your toilet cistern just make sure the cistern stops filling, flush it.

Run every other cold water tap only,then your hot water taps.

If you have a boiler and doing this for your self the procedure is similar but you will have loft tanks and these should be inspected first.

Check first there are ball cocks in both the large and small plastic tanks, check for drilled holes or anything else malicious, ( think I'm kidding don't you readers ).

The main feeds to the tanks might have their own isolating/stopcocks, make sure the small tank isolator is off and the large tank is on before turning on main stop cock under sink.

If there are no isolators/stopcocks to the above, for now only, you need to tie off the ball cock to the small tank only, to stop this tank from filling.

Please be careful in your loft area.

Also, if a boiler, you are better off turning stop cock on with someone else in the property to run round with you and both listen out.

If a boiler and your happy to continue, make sure every tap in the property is off, turn your stop cock all the way on minus a 1/2 turn.

If the system has been drained with a boiler in place, nothing may happen because of air locks, this is not uncommon but can be a sod to resolve, hopefully it won't be an issue.

If a boiler your cistern might splutter in to life, or stop and go, this is normal.

After the large tank has filled and stopped filling turn your bath and basin cold tap on.

They may splutter in to life immediately, if so great, let them run for a couple of minutes only, flush your toilet, run every other cold tap, including the kitchen one.

If not grab yourself a paper and chair, put a brew on if you can and relax while you bath/basin cold tap splutters back to life, this might take a while, hopefully not.

While waiting examine your radiators, what your checking for is that the bleed screws are all in place and that you can undo and do them up, you will need a bleed key for that, check the rad valves, make sure they are not loose.

Note, repossessions can be acrimonious believe you me, previous owners have been known to drill pipes, rewire fuse boxes, cut cables, undo gas joins.

I'm not suggesting for one moment that has happened, just be aware.

Either come back to this forum on how to further proceed or get yourself a local corgi registered installer to re-commission your boiler and get any plumbing problems sorted, don't forget to tell him you tied off the small tank.


Oh and yeh, change the locks.
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Old 08-02-2009, 14:51
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Thank you all so much for your response, especially you seacam, that was a brilliant post. Ive been back around the property today and noticed a business card for a company who obviously had switched evrything off when the house was repossessed. The card says Corgi registered so i will give them a call tomorrow. does anyone know what i may get charged for and ultimately what i shouldnt. Im aware there is a 'call out' charge but i just want to make sure i dont end up getting ripped off!

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Old 08-02-2009, 16:51
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Thank you all so much for your response, especially you seacam, that was a brilliant post. Ive been back around the property today and noticed a business card for a company who obviously had switched evrything off when the house was repossessed. The card says Corgi registered so i will give them a call tomorrow. does anyone know what i may get charged for and ultimately what i shouldnt. Im aware there is a 'call out' charge but i just want to make sure i dont end up getting ripped off!

Cheers
Hello Sparky,

There should be no call out charges if they are doing the job, if that is the case use someone else.

What ever company you use make sure they understand they are to re-commission the boiler and that it was working.

Charges, 150 to 400 depending on lots of factors to include a safety certificate and this is a must and law if you are going to rent.

1/1/2 to 2/1/2 hours for a full check over and connection depending on size of property.

As misterbarlow has stated do make sure the electricity is back on before boiler is commissioned.

Good Luck
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Old 08-02-2009, 17:00
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Hi. We bought a repossession two years ago and I have to say it was such a hassle getting everything sorted out and getting the meters changed from card meters to normal ones. We still get bills and final demands for the previous owners even now and they were obviously in a right mess financially. But we got the house at a real knock-down price and we're very happy here so all the hassle has been worth it.

Good luck
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