If you stop and think about the modern conveniences that our homes have, it goes without saying that one of the most important conveniences is the use of natural gas in just about every facet of our lives. Still, with as important as natural gas is to how we live from one day to the next, have you every thought about the important role that a gas plumber fills?
Actually, do you actually know what a gas plumber is? There's a pretty good chance that the vast majority of homeowners out there wouldn't have the foggiest clue about what a gas plumber is or does. This is due, in part, to the collective idea we have that plumbing has to do with moving water and waste from one place to another. This is most definitely a misconception that needs to be remedied, especially if it happens that you need some work done on your home that involves gas.
Now, there might be a collective groan out there from the DIY crowd who feels that just about any repair in your home can be done by the homeowner for relatively little cost & a weekend. This may be the case if you are making end tables for your bedroom, but when it comes to natural gas, you need to get the professionals on the scene. A slip-up with gas in your home not only runs the risk of catastrophic damage to your home, you also create a hazard to everyone in your neighborhood working off the same gas line. Property damage aside, messing around with gas when you shouldn't is deadly.
Here are five things a gas plumber should fix:
Compromises in Your Home's Gas Line – If you suspect a leak in your home's gas line (usually from the "rotten egg" smell), you need a gas plumber in your home as soon as possible. Be aware of the appliances in your home that use gas so that you can regularly check them for any issues.
Installation of Gas Appliances – The most notable are, of course, ranges and ovens, but there are also clothing dryers that operate off natural gas.
Installing and Replacing A Water Heater – This isn't a task for the inexperienced. Moreover, depending on the age of your home, you may also encounter issues regarding what is, and isn't, in code.
Installing a Built-In Grill Outside – One place you'd never think about is installing a gas grill outside your home. If you entertain & do a lot of backyard grilling, a gas plumber will be key to not only having great operation of your grill but also keeping things efficient.
Fireplace Work – This one's a little quirky, but if you're converting a fireplace to natural gas or perhaps going away from natural gas, you'll need to get a gas plumber on the premises.
When it comes to natural gas in your home, a gas plumber is your best friend. They are knowledgeable, carry the proper licensure, and have the expertise it takes to get the job done right. And if for some reason you still feel a little sting about not being able to DIY a project connected to your gas line, just keep in mind that it's not just a matter of safety – it's the law.