For DIY enthusiasts, few things are more exciting than making a significant upgrade to your home. Some of these upgrades may be the installation of a new gas fireplace or a gas range stove, both of which can significantly improve your home's resale value.
But while it may be tempting to try and simply put a new gas line installation yourself at those different locations, this is one activity that you should definitely hire a professional to take care of, for the reasons outlined below.
In most municipalities, the laws clearly state that anybody who works on any kind of gas line — whether that's to repair a problem or install a new connection point — needs to have the appropriate licenses and permits to do so. Plumbers go through years of training to get the proper certifications required to work on your home, one of which is the one needed to work on gas line installations. Most of them have also studied and trained under a master plumber to make sure that their training is up to date. Regardless, make sure that whoever you hire to put in your gas line installation has the same licenses as well, or you could be in for major problems.
It should go without saying, but one of the most dangerous things you can do in your home is tweak your gas line. Not only is there risk for an explosion, but there's also the potential for a gas leak inside your home, which can be potentially fatal if not detected. While few people would ever be flippant about the gas lines in their home, the danger of a nearby flame or a connection point that's not secured tight enough can be the source of these problems, so it's important to remove everything from the work space before proceeding with a gas line installation.
It's More Effective
It may seem simple enough to snap together a few hoses, but understanding the type of hoses and connections needed is a significant challenge by itself. Plumbers are familiar with these challenges and will know what type of tools and materials they need to get the job done right, whereas the average homeowner may not. Furthermore, when you go to sell your home, a home inspector will be able to tell if the person that installed the gas lines did it correctly. If it's not done by a professional, chances are you'll have to have the whole gas line reworked.
For more information on gas line installation, contact a local installer.