What is gas line?
Gas lines are pipes or hoses that connect gas appliances like stoves, water heaters, and furnaces to the main natural gas supply. While installing gas lines is relatively easy, it generally requires the services of a licensed plumber. A professional will know precisely how to install the line to prevent gas leaks, which can be very dangerous. Professionals will also know local codes and what permits to obtain to install the gas line. Since some of the gas line may need to run underground, if new lines are being installed, professionals will also have the right equipment for the installation.
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What can I use for a gas line? That’s a question you may consider if you plan to connect gas lines to your appliances. Below we answer the question about what sort of material you use for a gas line.
What kind of pipe is used for gas lines?
Here are the kind of pipes usable for gas lines:
- Steel: Black steel is the most common used for gas piping, but galvanized steel and corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) is also used.
- Copper: Copper is also used in some areas, although some utilities prohibit it.
- Brass: Brass piping is similar to copper. Check with your gas company to see if brass or copper piping is allowed.
Can I use plumbers tape on a gas line?
If you are fitting gas lines to the connectors on a gas appliance you will use plumber’s tape, or Teflon tape, to seal the threads on the gas fitting. This will prevent leaks from occurring. Make sure, however, to get the right kind of plumber’s tape, the kind specifically designed for gas connections. This type of tape is yellow and it will be marked specifically for use with gas lines. It should only be applied on the fittings’ threads. Plumber’s tape designed for water pipes will not work.
Using natural gas is a great way to save money on energy costs. Another way to save on energy costs is make certain your windows are in good repair and sealed tight from drafts. A window repair and sealing service will make sure the job is done right.
How much does it cost to get a gas line installed?
Costs will vary. On average, however, to run a new gas line costs about $500, and can range anywhere between $120 to $1,350. Additionally, if you are installing gas lines, you will pay anywhere between $45 to $150 per hour in labor costs for a master plumber. Call 551-257-6200 today to find out about our affordable rates.
In some cases, you may not need to install new gas lines for each appliance. For instance, if are connecting the gas line to water heater, you may just need to extend any pre-existing line. This can cut the installation costs by as much as 75%. It can be done yourself, but it’s preferable to call a professional to make sure the gas line and fittings all connect together correctly. Professionals can also safely check for and repair any leaks.
If you are installing a new water heater, make sure to follow safety precautions. Before you begin, you’ll want to shut off the water and gas supply, and drain the tank by attaching a hose to the drain valve. Additionally, to allow air into the system, you’ll want to turn on a hot water faucet.
With this or any other gas line installation, if you smell gas at any time, you may have a gas leak. If you suspect you do have a leak, open up all doors and windows, and leave the building before calling the gas company or fire department to shut off the gas. Once the gas is shut off a plumber can repair the leak.
Gas line underground
Some of the gas line may need to go underground. You will need to make sure all ordinances are followed and permits obtained. Sometimes gas companies will install gas lines underground for you or you may want to hire a professional plumber. Landscaping will need to be removed and a trench will need to be dug. Trench depth will be usually be regulated by building codes and you can find out from the city or gas company about how deep to dig the trench. The bottom of the trench will need to be leveled out before you call the gas company or plumber to lay the pipe. The line will need to be laid out between the gas meter and the house. You will want to place a tarp on one or both sides of the trench to collect dirt, so it will be easier to shovel it back into the trench after the pipe is laid.
Gas line contractor
There are many gas line contractors in the area. If you need to install gas lines in Saddle Brook, NJ, you can always count on the professionals at Absolute Precision Plumbing and Heating for quality, affordable service. To schedule our services, call us at 551-257-6200.