If you are considering moving or installing a gas line for your home, you might be tempted to try to save a few dollars by doing it yourself or hiring the neighborhood handyman. For many home improvement projects, you might be right, but gas lines require professional installation to keep your family safe. This is not the time to scrimp on expenses because it could quite literally set you up for disaster in the future.
Who installs gas lines?
Many people mistakenly think that all plumbers work on water pipes, drains and plumbing fixtures for carrying water. The truth is, the person who installs your gas line is also a plumber. Look for a natural gas line plumber who is certified as a plumber and whose certification specifies that he is qualified to work on natural gas lines. A master plumbing license indicates that the plumber has a high degree of experience, training and expertise in installing or repairing natural gas lines.
Why do I need a professional?
Improperly installed gas lines pose the risk of gas leaks that can be a health risk to you and your family. They also pose the risk of a sudden explosion that can destroy your home and injure your family members. Professional gas line plumbers know how to assess and correct any issues with the gas line, how to install them so leaks and explosions are not likely to occur, and how to keep the lines safe. While the average handyman might think he knows what he is doing, this is one time when the risk of error simply is not worth saving a few dollars.
What else can a gas line plumber do for me?
Your local gas line plumber can also install and service HVAC systems, hot water heaters, stoves, fireplaces and gas grills. Generally, if your appliance operates on natural gas, your gas line plumber is the person you need to install, move or maintain it.
When should I call a gas line plumber?
You should call the gas line plumber any time you are installing a new appliance that uses gas, but that is not the only time. You should also call him if you are moving the appliance to a new location, if the appliance is not operating properly, and any time that you suspect a gas leak. Gas leaks pose more than a risk to personal safety, they also are an environmental hazard. That's why you should know the number of your gas line plumber. Chicago alone has a gas leak about every three miles, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. While most do not pose a health risk to city residents, they do contribute to environmental pollution. make sure you are getting regular maintenance and safety inspections on your lines and equipment.
What should I do if I suspect a gas leak?
Gas leaks are serious business. According to Rossen Reports, 177 million Americans rely on natural gas in their homes. That means knowing how to react in the event of a gas leak is vital. If you smell gas or hear a hiss from your gas appliance take these precautions:
If you see sparks or flames, evacuate your home immediately and go across the street to call 911
If you do not see flames, turn off the appliance. That includes turning off all burners on your stove
Do not turn on light switches, light cigarettes or otherwise use anything that may cause a spark
Open all the doors and windows to air out the house
Check the area outside around the pipes. If the grass is brown or dying you may have a gas leak at that location
Call an emergency plumber or your local gas company to have the gas lines and appliance serviced.