Gas Line Repair & Installation

How Do Gas Lines Work?

Homes that use gas for heat or for other appliances have a gas line that connects directly to the furnace, water heater, stove and other appliances that use gas. The most common gas used for residential homes is natural gas. Utility companies supply this gas to homes through an underground pipe system. Natural gas lines are always installed in a home by a professional; however, problems can occur with the gas line over time. This can ultimately result in unintended consequences, as gas leaks are extremely dangerous to anyone residing in the home because of their extremely flammable and toxic nature.

In the home, your gas lines have a regulator that typically works in a two-stage system. The first stage is controlled by the manufacturer and supplier of the gas. The second stage of the system would be you adjusting the temperature of the appliance that is connected to your gas line. Current codes require a shut-off device for each appliance, which is the safest policy.

Common Reasons for Gas Line Repairs

Everyday Appliances

Many home appliances use natural gas or propane to generate heat, such as a water heater, stove, dryer or fireplace. Over time, seals that hold and connect the piping of these appliances can wear out and corrode. Corrosion of these seals and pipes can lead to gas leaks. Electrical strikes can cause the pipe sealant to erode. You may not even be aware of the electrical strike.

Poor Piping

Underneath most homes are a maze of crisscrossing pipes that bring gas into the pipe connectors of your appliances. In some homes, gas lines can run in the attic, too. This piping system can erode and even fail over time. In rare occasions, pipes will wear out and just disconnect. Aging pipes are extremely common within older homes, which can allow gas to slowly leak into the home.

Lack Of Ventilation

High levels of carbon monoxide can be emitted from malfunctioning appliances that generate heat. Larger items, such as home heating systems, generate carbon monoxide but are able to eliminate it with an exhaust fan or chimney. However, if something happens to prevent the flue or chimney from removing exhaust gases properly, carbon monoxide can fill up inside a home. Always install a carbon monoxide detector where you sleep or spend time and not near the appliance.

What to Do If Your Home Needs a Gas Line Repair

If you have any type of gas line leak in your home, turn off the gas supply immediately if you’re able to. This needs to be done at each appliance, as well as at the main supply line into your home. You may be able to turn off the gas yourself at an appliance. The main supply line may require the assistance of a licensed plumber. Do this only if you can safely turn off the gas. If you are unsure, contact the utility, and leave the premises. Be sure to take your pets.

Why Do I Need Gas Line Installation?

There are many reasons to have a new gas line installed. Learning the common reasons for an installation can help you figure out if it’s truly the best option for your home. Just remember that gas lines should always be installed by professionals. The most common reasons for line installation include:

  • Updating old gas appliances
  • Installing new gas appliances
  • Replacing old and deteriorating pipes
  • Construction of a new home
  • Building an addition onto an existing home
  • Switching from oil to gas appliances

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