Tips to Help You Install a New Gas Line for Your Home

Posted on: 22 December 2020

Having access to natural gas within your home is a great convenience because you won't have to rely on electric heat for your water heater or furnace, and you can install an efficient gas burning stove and benefit from the energy efficiency of gas. Here are some tips that you can use to help you properly install a new gas line for your home's gas-run appliance.

Contact Your Local Gas Company

If your home does not have access to a gas line, you can have the connection added through your local natural gas company. Some homes that were built with electrical heating, stove heating, or that are connected to an on-site propane tank will not be set up and metered for natural gas, so you can have this installed.

Contact the local gas company in your area about becoming a new customer. They will need to come out to your home and install a natural gas meter directly to your home, which will be charged to you as the property owner. The cost can be a few hundred dollars but will get you set up to pipe the gas directly into your home and to any appliances that will need it, such as a water heater, furnace, stove, and oven.

The placement of your gas line meter will be on the outside of your home, usually with the nearest direct access to the company's underground line. The length of the pipe running from their source to your home's meter box will affect how much you pay for its installation. So, the longer the length, the more you will pay.

Check Into a Permit

After you have a gas meter installed on your home, you can begin to install the lines that run into your home and feed the appliances needing natural gas. You will need to obtain a building permit for the installation of each line and the permit will include requirements for the lines. When you install a gas line, you will need to check it for pressure first before it can be installed onto the appliance.

When you get the permit, you will find out how much pressure your line needs to be tested for and for how long. This test will ensure your line can hold a specific amount of pressure for a length of time. This is also important because you will need your line checked by a professional inspector who will verify the line's ability to hold pressure and for how long. They will also check the line pressure gauge to make sure it is still holding pressure before they will approve your line's inspection.

To learn more about gas line installation, contact a contractor near you. 

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