Need a New Gas Line? Leave It to the Professionals
Replacing an electric stove with a gas model offers many benefits. Gas tends to be more affordable, and many people find that gas stoves cook better than electric ones. You can find new gas stoves that let you grill indoors, which is perfect for those cooler winter days. Upgrading your stove requires a new gas line, and this is best left to the professionals at Mullen Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in South Charleston, WV. Here’s what is required to install a new gas line in your kitchen and the reasons why you should hire a professional for the job.
Permits and Regulations
Any type of construction project, whether it’s a remodel or a new build, requires permits from your local city. Local municipalities require that licensed plumbers file these types of permits. Additionally, the city requires inspections at specific stages of the project. Homeowners who try to circumvent city requirements face fines and penalties. The city also has the authority to require that a gas line installed without permits and inspections be removed and reinstalled by a licensed plumber and under the required regulations.
Once a permit has been secured by the city, licensed plumbers design the plan for your new gas line in accordance with local codes. The codes define pipe size, layout, and other factors that need to be considered. Local codes are in place to protect your home, family, neighbors, and the environment from damage caused by improperly installed gas lines. The codes also ensure that an adequate volume of gas is delivered to your home consistently and economically. Our licensed plumbers consider how to tie in with any existing gas lines you have for your other appliances, such as water heaters and furnaces. If you don’t have other gas appliances, we work with the city utilities to determine where to tie into the main supply near your home.
Source High-quality Materials
The next step for installing a new gas line for your stove is to secure high-quality supplies. This includes pipes, hardware, and other materials. These supplies must comply with local codes, or the city has the authority to revoke the permit. The experts at Mullen Plumbing, Heating and Cooling source the highest quality materials to ensure the safety of your home and family and to protect against unnecessary repairs in the future.
Install the Gas Line
Gas lines are buried in your yard at specific depths. The main gas line is 24 inches underground, and service lines are 18 inches underground. These depths are defined by local codes to protect against damage from gas leaks and provide access to the gas line for repairs. We use special tools to dig the trench for your new gas line. We then lay the pipe, secure the junctions, seal the pipes, and install valves, gauges, and access points.
The next step for installing your new gas line is to pressure test the system. We use specialized equipment to check the lines for leaks and measure the flow rate of gas. If we detect a leak or low flow, we make the necessary repairs and modifications to the gas line.
Comply with Inspection Requirements
The city sends an inspector to the job site to evaluate each phase of the gas line installation. Our licensed plumbers work with the inspector and take care of any issues. Typically, the inspector ceases work on the project until the identified problems are resolved. The inspection includes several aspects of the project, such as:
- Proper permit that matches approved plans, including the make and model of your new gas stove
- If appropriate, installation instructions from manufacturers for appliances and equipment
- Location of the main valve for the gas line
- Support system for the new gas line
- Supplies for the job, such as pipes and hardware
- Gas line design and location on the property
- Depth of gas line underground, as well as under the kitchen flooring and concrete slab
- Pipe protection according to code
- Pressure testing and leak detection
Why You Should Hire a Licensed Professional Plumber
Installing a new gas line for your stove is a complex process that requires meticulous planning, timely coordination with local authorities, and superb attention to detail. Your family’s safety is our first priority at Mullen Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in South Charleston, WV. Gas lines that are not installed properly may result in carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as fires and explosions.
Rely on the Experts
If you need a gas line installed for your new stove, trust the experts at Mullen Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in South Charleston, WV. We also offer comprehensive installation, repair, and maintenance for all your plumbing, heating and cooling system needs as well as ductwork and air quality services. Call Mullen Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today for more information.