Natural gas is usually a cheaper form of power than electricity. That makes it perfect for running a hot water heater in your home. However, if you don't already have a gas line indoors, you'll need a plumber to connect one for you. The good news is once you're connected to gas, you can use it for other things in your home too, such as powering your stove. Here's a quick look at some of the steps needed to put in a new gas line.
Obtain Permits And Inspections
A new gas line installation requires coordination between the plumber, the city, and the gas company. First, a permit is needed before work can begin. Then, inspections will be required at least once during the process to ensure the work is up to code. A city inspector will check the final job for pressure in the lines and proper installation before you're allowed to start using the gas.
Connect To Gas Meter
Your plumber will determine the extent of work that needs to be done to connect your home to natural gas. There should already be a gas main in the street that runs up to your house. There may even be existing gas lines in your home you may not know about if there is no meter. The plumber can dig up and replace an old line or put in a completely new one, but in order to use the gas, the line has to be connected to the gas company's meter so your usage can be tracked and billed.
Connect Lines To Your Appliances
Your plumber may have to dig a trench in your yard to put in a new line if you want to power an outdoor kitchen or grill. If so, your yard will be restored as much as possible. However, it may not be necessary to bother your yard at all if all that's needed is to route the new line indoors from the meter to your appliance. If you're having gas installed for a hot water heater, your plumber can also run a line for your stove so you can experience true gourmet cooking. The plumber can place lines for any of your needs even if they are not directly plumbing related.
Putting in a new gas line isn't a quick process since there are several steps to go through with different companies and government officials. If the gas company has to install a new line to provide service, it could take a few weeks. If all you need is new lines inside your house, the process is much quicker. However, the good news is that you will be disrupted as little as possible since your electricity or water won't be off during the time you're getting gas hooked up. You may not even need to be home for all of the steps. However, the inspector needs to come inside for the final inspection and the plumber needs to work inside when it's time to run indoor lines and connect your appliances.