The Top 6 Gas Line Installation Questions Answered
If you’re contemplating a switch to a gas stove, or even adding a hot tub to your backyard, these common questions are most likely on your list of concerns:
Can any kind of pipe be used for a gas line?
Definitely not! Maybe you are trying to save money, and want to bargain about the type of pipe used for gas (ex, a water pipe instead of a gas pipe). This is a mistake. You must always use pipes that are specific for gas (e.g., polyethelene or Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing), as they made of materials that will not leak. You do not want to risk having your gas pipes corrode, and for the harmful gas vapors to escape.
What are the main causes of gas line explosions?
Unexpected gas line explosions have these top three causes:
- illegal tampering of the gas line
- accidentally digging into a gas line, and
The first two can be prevented when a qualified San Diego plumber handles all of your outdoor gas line needs, and when updated, durable piping is installed. The third cause, earthquakes, can be prevented by installing a natural gas seismic shut off valve (see our previous post covering earthquake gasline valves). This device automatically turns off gas service in the event of an earthquake.
Are permits required in order to install a new gas line?
Yes. Your plumbing contractor will apply for all necessary permits. After the gas line is installed, the contractor will then ensure that a San Diego gas inspector will look everything over, and verify that it is up to code. Do not believe a plumber if he tells you a permit is not necessary! If no permit was acquired, then in the event of an actual gas explosion, your insurance will not cover any damages.
Is it safe to install a new gas line ourselves, without contacting a plumber?
Only use a qualified plumber when installing gas lines. Plumbers are trained to operate gas, and installing a new gas line requires a permit and an inspection. If you try to install a new gas line yourself, you may use the wrong type of pipe, and then the gas can build up, resulting in an explosion. Your life isn’t worth the money you may be saving by undertaking this dangerous task on your own.
How can I find out where the gas lines run under my home?
San Diego Gas and Electric provides a free “Dig Alert” service in which you simply call SDGE’s Underground Service Alert team a few days before you plan to dig around your house. Upon making that call, SDG&E will then make sure all of your local utility providers will locate and mark all of underground cables, lines and pipes around your home. Do not attempt to find any gas lines in your yard on your own, as you can cause a gas like break that will result in an explosion!
What Are the Costs Involved with Installing a New Gas Line?
Hiring a licensed and bonded professional plumber who is trained to work on gas lines should be worth any cost, just for peace of mind. The overall price will also reflect the plumber’s supervising of the installation, materials and supplies, permit and inspection fees, and any removal/relocation/repairing of the existing plumbing system. You can always get multiple bids, and then follow up with referrals and cost comparisons.
Let Perry Plumbing Heating & Air Take Care of your New Gas Line
Our San Diego plumbing contractors at Perry Plumbing have 38 years of excellent-rated experience, and are proud to be your source for any gas line installation needs. Call us at 619-472-2112. We also have a 24/7 emergency services line or you can also schedule service here. Do not forget to look at our plumbing coupons page for your chance to save on plumbing repair and installation work!