Many people dream of owning a home, and fulfilling that dream takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice until the day the realtor hands over the keys into the owner’s hands. This was probably your story and the day that you achieved this goal was probably one of the happiest. However, the story does not end there. Homeowners are faced with the responsibility of keeping their home up to code by ensuring that routine maintenance is performed as needed. One of the most important things to maintain is your gas lines. If you are unsure about what to do, here is a quick guide that will help answer some of the questions involved with gas line maintenance.
What Are Gas Lines and Why Are They Important?
To maintain your home’s gas lines, it is important to understand what they are. A gas line is a pipe that connects a gas appliance to a natural gas source. That source is usually a meter that is located on the homeowner’s property. If your home has multiple gas appliances, then there will be multiple lines running through your home. Without these gas lines, there would be no way to properly power appliances like the water heater, stove, and other major devices that run on gas. To keep these powered, gas lines should be routinely checked to make sure they are in proper working order.
Why Inspect Your Gas Lines?
Gas lines are like everything else in your home, they will occasionally need routine maintenance performed. The main reason to check gas lines is to ensure that they are not leaking. Natural gas is flammable, and a leak in the gas line could cause a fire or other damage to your residence. The way to ensure that this does not happen is to routinely inspect the lines and make sure that they are functioning correctly.
Inspecting Your Gas Lines
There is no set time to inspect gas lines; however, it is best to check them consistently. It would be advisable to inspect the lines at the beginning of summer and winter. Mid-Missouri has hot summers and cold winters. The extreme heat will cause natural gas to expand and possibly crack the pipes, while the damp cold of winter could cause those lines to rust and corrode. To inspect your gas lines, turn off your gas appliances, and then check the lines by the meter and those connected to your appliance. If you are unable to reach those lines or you notice a cracked or rusted spot, it is time to call a plumber, who will be able to work with or repair the lines safely.
Performing gas line maintenance might seem daunting, but it is extremely easy to do if you know what to look for. If you have any other questions or would like a professional to come out and inspect your gas lines, contact us today for help.