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Gas Line Installation

Gas leak detector safety information and other useful tips.

Gas is a popular natural fuel source and can be used to power a number of household devices which can include cookers, fires, water heaters and dryers. If you intend to install these in your home or add further gas appliances to the existing devices you own, you will need to consider gas line installation to the location you intend to place these.

While gas line installation is a project you can undertake yourself, it is generally recommended that you use a professionally qualified technician to carry out the job. In some locations equipment for installing gas lines can only be purchased by those that have been certified to install them. Gas can also be dangerous and the chances of leaks or explosions mean that having a gas line professionally installed is by far the best option.

If you decide to install gas appliances in your home or add to your existing devices then the first task is generally to contact your local gas company. Gas lines need to be correctly sized depending on the number of appliances they will serve and the volume of gas that each of these will require. While some gas companies may provide gas line installation for free when you are adding a number of appliances, the chances are that they will charge for installation and getting a quote for them to do this is a first step in getting the job done. Even if you plan to use a private company it can still be worth getting a quote from your local gas company as this can show the complete work required and you can compare this to a private quote to ensure everything is included. It can also be a good idea to ask your local gas company if they have a list of certified private contractors and use one of these since you can be more assured that they will complete the project in accordance with the gas company’s requirements.

Generally on completion of a gas line installation, the job will need to tested by a certified contractor and also approved by the local gas company before it can be used. Before getting the job started it can be worth checking the requirements for this and checking the regulations and permits which will apply to the job. Knowing this information beforehand will ensure that any specific requirements can be included. Finding out about these after the job is completed can be a costly mistake if further work is required to comply with a regulation or permit. Contacting your local panning department at an early stage can therefore be a common sense thing to do.

There are a few factors that can affect the cost of gas line installation. The area where you live may have an impact, as will the complexity of the job and the length and size of line required. However typically it is expected that a cost of around $15 to $25 per linear foot is a reasonable price to pay. This should cover all the costs including materials, labor and testing of the system.

Using gas as a fuel source in your home can be a viable alternative to electricity. When considering this you have to factor gas line installation costs as well as the cost of appliances into a project. For safety and efficiency having a gas line installed by a qualified professional is the best option and this should ensure that your appliances will work well and provide you with years of service.