When you think of plumbers you often think about toilets, faucets, clogged drains, or other water-related issues. It’s important to remember, however, that the gas systems in your home also rely on a system of pipes, so you will need a plumber for any kind of propane or natural gas installation or issue. Working around natural gas is a dangerous task, so it should not be treated as a do-it-yourself project. A qualified plumber can help you detect problems with your gas supply, install new gas lines, move existing gas lines, and ensure that any installations or repairs are done with the highest quality and safety standards in mind. Gas plumbers can install and repair HVAC systems, water heaters, stoves, fireplaces, even heated pools, and outdoor grills.
If you’re planning to install a gas fireplace, a plumber is needed to acquire the necessary building permit and determine whether your chimney needs a liner or not. You will also need a plumber if you plan to install a whole-house generator. They are a popular choice because they are dependable and cost-effective, and since natural gas is piped directly to the generator you don’t have to worry about running out of fuel.
Using a licensed plumber is also important for recourse in case something goes wrong. Any damage, like fire or sickness, caused by a faulty or poorly-installed gas line that was not installed by a licensed and insured plumber will void your insurance policy.
Importance of Gas Line Inspections
Although the gas company is responsible for maintaining the gas lines up to the meter, the homeowner is responsible for everything else. Therefore, periodic inspections of your gas lines and appliances is important. Gas line inspection is relatively inexpensive and should be performed as part of your yearly home maintenance. Leaking gas pipes will negatively impact the performance of your water heater, stove, or fireplace, but they can also pose serious safety and health risks. While some leaks could be catastrophic, others can start off small and go undetected for a while. Sometimes, the only indication of a gas leak is an unexplained spike in your utility bill. Other maintenance issues that could cause problems include corrosion and line exposure. Gas lines wear down and become corroded, especially around connections leading to the oven or water heater. Corrosion will continue until there is a leak, so if you spot any corrosion on your pipes, you should consider replacing them before it becomes a problem. Some exposure of gas lines is inevitable for connection purposes, but if you see a line that has been exposed due to erosion or severe weather, you should call a plumber to inspect it.
We often take natural gas for granted in our daily lives, but it is something that should not be overlooked. The vast network of pipes, valves, connections, and regulators running through our homes that delivers the modern conveniences we are accustomed to, like hot showers, needs the proper maintenance by a professional plumber.
If you plan to install a new gas line or suspect that your home’s systems may a leak, contact a member of our team right away at 815-515-4062