Making the decision to convert your home to natural gas for your heat or cooking can potentially lead you to significant savings over time. However, if your home doesn't have supply lines for gas, you need to be prepared for the supply lines to be installed. Here's a look at what you need to know about gas line installation so that you can ensure that you know what to expect.
The Gas Main Location Matters
In order to determine whether or not your home is even eligible for gas supply, you need to find out where the gas main runs in your area. You'll need to have a gas main located close enough to your home for your installation contractor to run a gas line to the house. Your contractor will know where the gas main is located and may know how to have it extended to ensure gas supply to your property.
Your Property Is Important
Your installation contractor will also need to assess your property. It's important to ensure that your property will support a gas line installation. Gas lines are typically run underground, so it's going to mean testing the soil to ensure that the company will be able to dig a sufficient trench to install the lines.
In addition to ensuring that the soil will support the lines being installed, you also need to be sure that any existing underground lines are clearly marked. Companies that do safe digging evaluations can come out and mark all of the existing lines for your plumbing, electrical, and other needs. That way, there's no risk of a line being damaged during the trench-digging process for your new gas lines.
Permits May Be Necessary
You need to talk with your installation contractor about any possible permits that you may need to have for the installation. For example, your municipality may require that permits be issued for the gas supply, for digging on your property, and for connecting the new utilities. Talk with your installation contractor about the permits you'll need and be sure that you understand how to get them if the installation company doesn't get them as part of the installation contract.
The more you understand about natural gas line installation, the easier it will be to ensure that you get the finished product that you are looking for. Talk with a natural gas installation contractor near you today for more help and to supply your home with gas for your heating and cooking needs.