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Gas Line Services in Portland, OR
There are a great number of home appliances and systems that use natural gas for power: stoves, cooktops, ranges, hot water heaters, clothes dryers and of course, gas furnaces. But you can’t have any of these appliances if you don’t have gas piped into your home. That’s where our experts come in. The gas line pros from Western Heating & Cooling have been helping customers in the Portland area gain access to natural gas since 1989.
We are certified and licensed to handle this kind of work, and we understand and abide by all the local and state regulations regarding gas line installation and service. Having a problem with your existing gas line, or suspect you may have a leak? Give us a call right away, especially if you have an emergency. We offer 24-hour emergency service every day of the week should you need it. When you need access to the natural gas in your neighborhood, or help with an existing line, make ours the number you call!
The pros from Western Heating & Cooling are here to help you with all of your gas line needs in Portland!
The Gas Line Installation Process
The installation process for a new gas line is pretty complicated and requires inspections and collaboration with your gas company. Part of the reason it is so important to work with trained experts is that we will navigate this process for you. Initial steps will include locating the main gas line on your street, then notifying the gas company that your home is going to connect to it. A site survey needs to be performed during which our technicians will calculate how much natural gas your home will need and how much physical piping will be needed to connect your home to the main gas line on your street. This information is relayed to the gas company and permits are obtained to do the piping work.
Once permits are obtained, work can begin. All utilities on and around your property will be marked off for safe digging and then the trenches are dug. The pipe is installed and assembled right in the ground and connected to the non–working gas meter outside of your home. All work has to be inspected at this point by a city inspector, including the connection to the meter. When the work is cleared by the inspector, the installation work moves to the inside of your home, where all gas systems and appliances will be connected to the gas line. A second, indoor inspection is required, and when this inspection states everything is safe, the gas can be turned on.
Signs You Have a Gas Leak
As convenient as natural gas is, it’s important to remember that it can be a dangerous gas. Many precautions are taken to ensure your constant safety, but you should still be aware of the signs of a potential gas leak:
- Hissing sound anywhere inside or outside your home – gas escaping from a pipe will make a hissing sound because the contents are under pressure.
- Rotten egg smell – natural gas is odorless, but the gas company puts an additive in the gas so that it will emit a smell when leaking. The odor is distinct, so should you smell it at any time, call immediately for help.
- Dying vegetation outside – signs that your gas line may have developed a leak outside of your home is dying vegetation, including dead grass and bare patches in your lawn.
Natural gas can be a great convenience, but it needs to be connected to your home in a safe, efficient manner. Let us help you have the safe gas connection you need with our comprehensive gas line services!