Natural gas is an economical, environmentally friendly energy source. It’s also safe—particularly when homeowners engage in regular preventive maintenance.
An annual pipeline inspection will ensure that your lines are installed properly, clean, and free of leaks. In addition, lines must be inspected if you’re planning to add or replace natural gas appliances.
In general, inspectors will evaluate:
- condition and type of gas piping
- air supply around each gas appliance
- amount of clearance between lines and combustible materials (e.g., wood, drywall)
- installation, routing, connections, and identification of lines
- venting and pressure release valves
- gas line pressure
Gas line pressure tests are the most effective method of discovering gas leaks. The test involves disconnecting and plugging the supply line, capping appliance shut-off valves, pressurizing the system with air, and using an appropriate gauge for a specific length of time. Although a professional plumber must conduct the test, associated costs are minimal.
Please Note: When gas lines leak, they can release lethal amounts of carbon monoxide into your home and can cause explosions. If you detect a strong sulfur odor, like rotten eggs, it’s safest to assume you have a leak. Don’t try to find the problem. Instead, get a safe distance away from your home and then call 911 and your utility company for assistance.
Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer has been inspecting gas lines in St. Louis homes for more than 30 years. Our family owned business prides itself on our solid reputation in the community. Give us a call and see for yourself why our loyal customers won’t use anyone else!
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