A Comprehensive Guide to Gas Line Installation
You thought you were crazy, but no, you did hear a hissing sound coming from the wall. Could there be a gas leak?
Using natural gas can save you tons on energy costs, but you should act fast if you suspect a leak in your gas line.
So, how do you install a new gas line? Could you DIY the repair and save a few bucks?
We scoured the best resources to come up with a quick and dirty guide to installing a new gas line for your home. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know before deciding whether to hire a professional or attempt the job by yourself.
Can You DIY a Gas Line?
The short answer is, yes, you could DIY a gas line repair or installation, but you shouldn't do it unless you have experience with this kind of home repair. You don't want the benefits of gas to get overshadowed by potential hazards.
Doing any work on a gas line poses many safety issues. There are building codes to use as guidelines, but the slightest error with the repair could end in disaster for you and your family!
If you don't have experience repairing gas lines yourself, look for a company that has experience with gas line repairs and installation. Also, make sure they're bonded and insured.
Locating the Gas Line in Your Home
The very first step is to shut off the gas and secure the line so no more gas leaks out. There are 2 valves on your gas line though, so be sure to shut off the valve on the "house side". Do not turn off the street-side (or main) valve unless the utility company tells you to!
If you follow the gas line to where it first enters your house, you should find the "house side" valve. Make sure to seal the valve shut before doing any work on the pipes.
Tips for Gas Line Installation
Again, repairing or installing a gas line in your home is a dangerous task. If you plan on tackling your gas line repairs yourself, these tips should help keep you safe:
- Buy pipes in the correct size for your system
- Use flexible pipes to connect to appliances
- Be sure the pipes are airtight before turning the gas back on
- Once you're done, test the line by turning on the gas and checking for leaks
Remember, if you feel nervous about attempting a gas line repair, or need emergency repair service, call a professional.
Your Home Is Your Sanctuary, but Sometimes It Needs Repairs
Home is where the heart lives, and you love your little slice of paradise! You should keep up on your maintenance routines to ensure all your systems work the right way.
Gas lines may hide behind your walls, but if you ignore them, you could have a big problem on your hands!
We hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you learned a few things about gas line installation. If you're looking for an experienced plumber for your piping needs, we have 16 locations across the country. Give us a call today!
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