Natural gas is one of the most common fuels for home and business heating, cooking, and other uses in the US and many other countries as well. Whether you’re building a new house and need gas service, expanding your home heating, upgrading from oil or other fuels, installing a pool heater, or any other purposes, you may need new gas pipes/gas lines or an extension to your gas line. These may be outdoor pipes in the ground, or inside-the-home gas service lines, or both, depending on the details. The companies that can help you with this are known as gas line and pipe installation services or gas installation services. In this article, we’ll talk a bit about the differences between the gas line and pipe installation services and gas installation services, explore the services they offer. Touch on why you should leave these tasks to professionals and provide some advice on how to choose the best gas line and pipe installation services or gas installation services provider to meet your needs.
First, we should define the differences between the gas line and pipe installation services and gas installation services. While most gas line and gas pipe installation services and gas installation service providers may go by either of these names and offer similar services there can sometimes be an important distinction. In some regions or cases, gas line and pipe installation services are focused or limited to the exterior (outside) gas line and pipe installations, up to the point of the customer meter (usually outside the home or office), and not licensed to work inside the house. For that, a general contractor, or other types of service is needed. That may, in some cases, be the domain of gas installation services as well. Alternatively, in some cases, gas installation services cover the broad range of gas line installations – external and internal – while gas line and pipe installation services may only be external.
In all cases, consumers should check with the companies they are considering for a gas line and pipe installation job to ensure they are qualified to do the work that the consumer needs. Checking with your gas provider is also recommended, as there may be restrictions on what work third parties can do in your area (we’ll talk about this in a bit more detail in the Choosing the Right Company section later in this article).
Gas line and pipe installation services and gas installation services perform several essential tasks related to natural gas pipes and lines. As discussed in the previous section, they may work outside of the house (up to the point of the service meter), inside the home (from the meter through to the “outlets” for the gas in the house), or both, depending on the type of gas installation services company and local regulations. For this section, we’ll include all the gas installation services that these service companies may undertake – both external and internal to the homes and offices. Typical gas installation services include:
In some cases, gas line and pipe installation services or gas installation services may close the gas supply to the house. They may do this themselves or after consultation with the local gas supply company. That can be triggered by the consumer and sometimes organized by the gas company.
If the gas must be shut off for an awhile, you may need to re-light your pilot lights in water heaters and other devices upon restoration of service. In many cases, the gas line and pipe installation services or gas installation services company can do this for you. Alternatively, in some jurisdictions, it is required that the gas company themselves perform these tasks, for insurance and liability reasons. Again, be sure to ask and check with your local gas company and installation service company to ensure you are clear on whose responsibility this is, and who will take care of it.
The simple fact is that gas work should always be left to professionals because gas is dangerous. It is combustible, and can quickly ignite from sparks, open flames – even static electricity. Gas line and pipe installation services and gas installation services are well-trained and take all required safety precautions to make sure that any gas line installation is completed without risk of explosion or injury – to themselves or the consumer or the consumer’s home or office. Also, the equipment used is often highly specialized and may involve heavy equipment (such as for trenching) that requires special operator certifications. So, for these reasons, in all cases, consumers should leave any work on gas lines and gas service – even reigniting pilot lights – to the professionals. In some locales, it’s mandatory – you can be charged with a crime for attempting to do gas work on your own. So, don’t do it!
Choosing the right gas line and pipe installation services or gas installation services companies for your gas installation project can sometimes be difficult. After all, people do not tend to undertake these kinds of tasks on a regular basis, so you may have no frame of reference to judge the quality and services of prospective companies. Below we’ve highlighted some key areas and questions below, that consumers can use to evaluate gas line and pipe installation services and gas installation services firms on an apples-to-apples basis, to find the best firm for their project.
It is also worth noting, as we’ve mentioned previously in this article that in many jurisdictions there are rules and regulations as to what private companies can do on gas lines. Gas line and pipe installation services and gas installation services may be contractually limited to the type of work they can do, and the gas service provider/gas company may be required to do the job or be involved in the project. In all cases, consumers are advised to first check with their gas supply company to understand what the limitations or restrictions on gas line service work are in their area.
In summary, gas line and pipe installation services and gas installation services companies offer many services related to installing and expanding natural gas service to homes and offices. Their work may be limited to outdoor work, indoor work, or both. In many cases, there are restrictions on what they can do versus what a local gas service provider is required to do. Nevertheless, these tasks should be undertaken by professionals, as working with natural gas and piping can be dangerous. With careful consideration and a little research, consumers can find a quality gas line and pipe installation service or gas installation service provider to meet their project needs and have the gas installation project completed quickly and safely.