Gas lines are the pipes or lines that carry fuel to your heating system, water heater, gas dryer, hot tub, gas grill and any other gas appliances that may be in your home. In years past, gas lines were made mostly of heavy black iron or copper. Today most residential gas lines are made from a corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) that is very flexible.
A Few Things You Should Know About Gas Lines
Being a homeowner has many benefits and it has its responsibilities, as well. One of those responsibilities is making sure that your home’s gas systems work properly and are safe. Ensuring that your home has the best and most up to date gas lines could very possibly save your life and the lives of your loved ones, also.
With time, gas lines like anything else, can become rusted, cracked, broken, or can leak at joints and valves. Pipes can be loosened by years of movement from hooking and unhooking appliances. When this happens, the line needs to be inspected and repaired and re-inspected again before the gas can be turned back on to the home.
When old iron gas lines become rusty, they also become weakened and are more likely to break or leak. As old lines rust, flakes of rust can get into the old lines and cause them to become clogged. When this happens the gas can’t flow through the lines the way that it should and can cause serious leaks or even an explosion. These pipes need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Another very common issue with gas lines is excavation damage. Often homeowners, or even professional excavators, unknowingly dig in the same area that gas lines are buried. Once an old gas line is hit and broken by a shovel or backhoe, it should be replaced as soon as possible. All gas leaks are dangerous and can quickly become fatal if they are not repaired or replaced immediately.
If you suspect you have a gas leak, call your Connecticut (CT) plumbing experts at Griswold Plumbing, LLC by dialing 860-554-5219 today.