The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has reissued its Installer Guide: Condensate discharge pipe installation following a weather warning from the Met Office.

The Met Office has warned of “an increased likelihood of cold weather becoming established across all of the UK. This would bring an enhanced risk of snow and widespread frost almost anywhere across the UK.”

In addition, the HHIC is also reissuing its customer information booklet, which can help engineers explain the risks and the remedial action required to homeowners, and also what action customers can take should their condensate pipe freeze.

Stewart Clements, Director at the HHIC, said: “We are acutely aware that there are a significant proportion of installations that are not installed to current standards and manufacturer’s instructions. For example, the opportunity to connect to internal drain points such as a soil stack or sink waste has not been taken.

“Where it is not possible to connect the boiler condensate discharge pipe to an internal point, the HHIC guide details what action should be taken- such as external pipe insulation”

In addition to this guidance, the HHIC has clarified that all other technical requirements for condensate discharge installation given in the appliance manufacturers’ installation instructions or British Standard BS 6798:2014, if referred to by the manufacturer, should still be followed.

You can find the installer guide here and consumer guide here.