Gas is among the most vital resources in our lives. Gas powers our water heaters, furnaces and other appliances that make our home a lot more comfortable. We need it for cooking, taking a bath, heating our homes during winter and all those other activities that we do every day. Indeed, we all need a gas system installed in our homes. However, you should know that only professionals should install a gas system for your property. Working on the project by yourself will simply put your home and your loved ones’ safety at risk if you’re not skilled and properly trained. In fact, recent studies suggest that aside from electricity, gas combustion is among the most common culprits that result to fire emergencies not only in homes but also in business establishments. Truly, with improper installation and lack of regular maintenance, gas systems can bring about tragic accidents. Here are some tips worth reading!
1. Always take leaks and combustion hazards seriously. While propane and natural gas are non-toxic, they can be explosive under specific conditions and that’s why properly installed venting systems are a must. These are the pathways that will take combustion products (like fumes) out of the house or building. Make sure that your gas appliances are connected to these vents (and chimneys) the right way.
2. Always rely on professionals when it comes to the installation of gas systems and gas appliances. You wouldn’t want to compromise the health and safety of the people living in your home.
3. Don’t forget about permits. Some projects that require permit from your local governing agency include the installation of gas appliances, fireplaces, furnaces, boilers, heaters as well as the installation and replacement of gas or vent systems.
4. When buying gas appliances, make sure that the ones you’ll pick out have been certified and that they passed safety standards. This way, the instances of gas-related accidents will be reduced.
5. Just as your plumbing system requires regular care and maintenance, your gas system does, too. Seek the services of professionals who can inspect, repair and replace not only damaged gas systems but gas appliances as well. You’ll never know when accidents will arise so it’s better to be prepared than sorry.
6. Keep combustible materials away from your gas appliances like heaters and furnaces. Gas appliances emit heat that may eventually lead to fire when exposed to such materials.
7. If you have children at home, keep flammable things in a safe storage area. The storage place should be far from gas pipes and gas appliances. Make sure that your kids won’t play with these materials, too.
8. If you and your loved ones experience nausea, dizziness, headaches or breathlessness in your home, you might be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning. Have professionals check your home for leaks immediately so that they can perform the necessary repairs.
9. Adequate ventilation is vital. Guarantee that gas appliances are positioned properly so that they’ll burn correctly. There should be enough space around them in order to give enough room for them to breathe and cool down.
10. Only hire the services of licensed and certified HVAC professionals. We think this one is already self-explanatory.
We hope that you enjoyed reading these gas installation and safety tips. If you need a new gas system installed or repaired, just call a professional Fort Lauderdale plumber. Plumbers 911 Florida provides exceptional gas system installation services in Fort Lauderdale as well as sub-metering, plumbing appliance installation, plumbing fixture installation, water heater service and many more! Call us at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL) to schedule a service!
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