How to Keep Gas Lines Safe

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by tustin-plumbing No Comments

The repair and installation of gas lines can be guaranteed provided that Federal regulations are observed and only licensed professional plumbers do the work.

Preserving the Integrity of the Line

It is important to understand that gas lines have their own specific purpose, which is why they should not be used for anything else like free-form closets, clotheslines, and especially never grounding for electrical appliances.  It is also important to remember that:

  • Gas lines should be capped when appliances are disconnected
  • Periodic safety inspections must be performed by licensed professionals
  • Corroded gas lines should be replaced immediately
  • Corrosive environments around gas lines should be avoided

Local Safety Codes

We can make sure that all of your gas lines and gas-fed appliances meet local safety codes.  In general, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure that piping and gas appliances are installed, operated, and maintained based on the guidelines of manufacturers and existing local codes.  Anything determined to be unsafe must never be used again.

Replacement of Older Gas Connectors

As a general rule, the uncoated brass flexible connectors used on appliances should be replaced by plastic coated brass or stainless steel ones.  This is because the uncoated connectors are prone to breaking and cracking because of various factors like:

  • Bending
  • Moving
  • Corrosion
  • Cooking grease
  • Ammonia
  • Cleaning solvents; and
  • Some types of detergents

It is important to remember never to move any gas-fed appliance to inspect its connectors.  This can strain the connector and result in cracking.

The best way is to have licensed qualified contractors inspect all your connectors and replace any flexible connectors that are older than 10 years; even if they appear to be in good condition.

Inspection of Furnace and Flue

It is important to ensure that gas-powered heating equipment is clean and in tiptop condition.  To ensure that it remains efficient and safe always, you should:

  • Adjust pilots and burners
  • Clean filters
  • Clear chimneys, flues, and vents
  • Bird’s nest, leaves, mortar, and fallen bricks should be removed
  • Use appropriate connectors

It is important that all gas appliances and meter sets have ample space to operate.  This means that any flammable materials should never be in close proximity to gas-fed or gas-powered appliances.  Debris and even snow and ice around gas meter sets as well as appliance vents can be a source of possible risks.

Telltale Signs of Leaks

It is important to be aware of the signs of possible gas leaks so that appropriate action can be taken immediately.  You must remember that it is the role of trained professionals to investigate the source of these leaks and apply the necessary solutions.

If you experience any of these signs, we will respond immediately to your call:

  • Hissing sound near gas lines
  • Odor of gas in your home
  • Formation of ice on the ground above the gas lines
  • Dead or distressed vegetation above gas lines.

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