How to Verify if Your Gas Line is Grounded
Do You Know if You Have A Gas Line?
Do You Have a Gas Line?
Do you have:
- A gas furnace?
- A gas water heater?
- A gas stove?
- A gas dryer?
- A gas fireplace?
Answering yes to any of these questions means you have a gas line in the house and you should verify that it is grounded.
Is Your Gas Line Grounded?
Our house is in contract and the prospective buyers requested an inspection of our current home. Inspections are necessary for the buyer to understand the condition of the home as well as what items they would like to have repaired prior to closing. Our buyers generated a request to remedy as a result of the inspection. They have the opportunity to review the detailed inspection report and determine what items they can live with and what items they want the sellers to repair. I was shocked to find that one item in our remedy list was to have our gas line grounded.
Imagine that lightning strikes your house or even the ground outside your home. The energy can travel to your gas line and it can result in an explosion. When I asked our certified technician, Lonnie Judoson, “When you say explosion…” he said, “I mean explosion. Your house and everything in it gone!”
Is your gas line grounded?
Before and After Picture of Gas Line Being GroundedClick thumbnail to view full-size
An Example of the Gas Line Grounded Outside the House
How Do You Determine if Your Gas Line Is Grounded?
I wasn’t even sure how to tell if our gas line is grounded.
We have a gas water heater. There is a yellow, flexible corrugated gas line coming from our water heater. Once I knew what I was looking for, I saw many yellow gas lines in the ceiling of our basement. Find two black iron pipes on either side of the aluminum regulator. If you do not have a #6 gauge copper wire connected to the pipes and going into your electrical box or outside your home, your gas line is not grounded.
If we had a finished basement and the gas line was not exposed, our technician told me that another option would be to ground the black iron pipe from outside the house and burying it eight feet into the ground.
Proper Gas Line Installation and GroundingClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Proper Gas Line Installation
Before beginning any job, our technician assesses that the gas line is properly installed. He verified proper supports for the gas line in addition to the correct size couplers. He makes sure nothing is hanging from the yellow gas line. He has seen instances where people have hung things, such as clothes hangers, from the gas line. That can put excess stress on the line causing it to crack and resulting in catastrophe.
Double check your gas line. Is it properly installed and free of hanging objects?
Did you check? Is your gas line grounded?
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Gas Line Now Properly Grounded
I am shocked that we waited ten years to have our gas line grounded. When you consider the odds of having lightning strike your house, you might not consider it a big deal, but I don’t play the odds.We have been in our house for a decade and two homes in our neighborhood have caught on fire due to lightning strikes.
After learning about grounding the gas line, we would be fortunate to have a fire instead of an explosion.
I rest easy knowing that our gas line is now grounded.