Gas Line Installation – DIY or Hire A Plumber?
Gas line installation plumbers are often overlooked as most people don’t equate working on gas lines to the plumbing business. However, gas plumbers are skilled professionals in a variety of home repair and maintenance work. Their skills include installing and repairing water heaters, running new gas lines for gas stove installations or outdoor grills, even roughing in new gas lines for additions or remodels. Additionally, plumbers who also specialize in gas line installation and repair can couple your gas line job with other plumbing services you may need, including sewer line repair, mainline maintenance, garbage disposal installation, toilet installation, and more, which saves you money.
Homeowners may need a new gas line installation or gas line repair for any number of reasons, such as building a new home or making renovations. Upgrading the home to include gas appliances or eliminate old or corroded gas lines could also necessitate installing new gas lines. If you are a handy-type homeowner, you may be considering doing the work yourself. There are a few reasons why you should reconsider.
Do I Need Professional Gas Line Services?
We know you can go online and find any number of instructional videos that show the step-by-step process for gas line installation. You probably have friends telling you that you don’t need to spend money on a plumber. Before you take that route, you should take time to consider your options.
Gas line installation is not usually a task to take on as a DIY project. The risks of making a mistake far outweigh the costs of hiring a professional plumber. Perhaps you have hooked up the water lines for a dishwasher, ice maker, or water heater. Therefore, you may have a basic understanding of pipe and fittings. However, gas line installation requires more expertise and training than the average homeowner possesses.
Working with gas lines is different from working with water lines. Mistakes hooking up water lines may only result in low water pressure or a leak from a loose-fitting, which is not dangerous. On the other hand, gas line installation mistakes can be extremely hazardous, even fatal. A plumber who is properly trained in gas line installation avoids mistakes and does the work safely and correctly.
The main reason why you should call a professional plumber is safety – for yourself, your family, even your neighbors. Leaking gas lines are very dangerous health hazards, with the potential for explosions and fires. You should only allow licensed professional plumbers to handle your gas line repairs and installations.
Another reason is your ability (or inability) to handle any unforeseen problems that crop up. A well-trained, experienced plumber is qualified not only to complete your gas line job safely, but also to handle any difficulties that may arise, both during and after the work has been completed.
Further Considerations For Gas Line Installation
Codes – When a licensed, professional plumber completes your gas line installation, he will ensure that all gas lines are installed per city code, regardless of which city you are in. City codes are written to ensure safety and are updated with new technology. The technicians working with gas lines on a daily basis are knowledgeable on the most current safety practices and city codes, to ensure that your job is done correctly.
Permits & Legalities – Certain gas line installation jobs will require a permit and inspection through the city. If your city requires a permit for a specific job, only a plumber licensed in that city will be able to pull the permit and request an inspection. Furthermore, if a permit is required by the city, but a homeowner chooses to complete the work without one, the city could charge double permit fees or even require the line be removed and re-ran by a licensed plumber.
Insurance & Personal Liability – Working with gas pipes isn’t brain surgery, but there are real, valid reasons why plumbers and gas fitters pay high insurance premiums. The first question you should ask yourself before starting gas line installation is: “Will my homeowner’s insurance pay for damages if something goes wrong because I did the work myself?”
Missouri Department of Insurance/Homeowners
Kansas Insurance Department
Most homeowner’s insurance policies DO NOT cover costs for damages from self-installed gas or electrical services. Perhaps just as important is your own personal liability if a fire or explosion should occur. What if your neighbor’s house is damaged or the mailman at the door is injured? Overall, the chance of consequences outweighs the cost of hiring an experienced plumber.
All-n-One Plumbing specializes in all aspects of gas line installation and repair. You can trust our expert opinion and honest advice. Our highly skilled and trained technicians are thorough and careful, guaranteeing safe and effective gas line installation and service. Whether you require us for inspection, maintenance, repair, or installation of new gas lines, we offer reliable service and competitive rates.
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