When the colder months arrive, many homeowners in the northern part of the country will need to turn on their heating systems. Natural gas is one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to power a furnace or boiler, but it also comes with safety concerns and responsibilities. As a home inspector, it's your job to help identify any deficiencies that may compromise the safety of occupants of homes that use natural gas. Here are some tips for managing gas appliances and equipment in and around your house or apartment. Before carrying out any excavation on your property, mark the location of the outdoor gas lines, from the meter to the natural gas appliances.
Additionally, have those pipes inspected by a qualified professional for leaks and corrosion on a regular basis. If your qualified professional finds an unsafe condition, you must repair it immediately or interrupt the natural gas service until the repair is performed and the safety inspection is complete. The pipe inside the house is referred to as supply, bypass and fall lines or elevators. To keep your natural gas appliances running safely and efficiently, you should schedule inspections regularly. While accidents caused by gas leaks in homes are relatively rare, they can be devastating when they occur. It's important to be aware of all the special considerations when dealing with gas lines in your home.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your home is safe and secure.